“A great mix of a mature ecosystem, an easy living city, technical and emerging companies supported by great infrastructure, affordable prices, cultural diversity and an open minded mentality make Barcelona an attractive city for a growing startup ecosystem.”
Startup Genome blog (2019)
“In Barcelona there is a solid startup ecosystem that enables the collaboration among all its building block: startups, VCs, corporates, universities and public organizations. The talent attraction and retention is one of the key drivers as well as the entrance of international VCs we have here.”
Richard Calvo, former CEO at Yababook
“Thanks to the unwavering spirit of innovation that has characterized the city long before technology came into the picture and a collaborative community that would be hard to find anywhere else, Barcelona has unequivocally become the place where things happen.”
ESEI Business School blog
3rd most popular city among startup founders in Europe
5th European Startup hub
6th in the world for attracting International Talent
22% of startup founders are women
19% of startup employees are from abroad
64% of startups work in 4.0 related technologies
20% of startups operate in lifescience areas
664M€ invested in Barcelona startups in 2019
32% of founders have tech skills
17k highly qualified professionals come to Barcelona during 2019
2800M€ of private investment, in 5 years
Barcelona is much more than an ideal place to spend some great vacations. It is also the Mobile World Capital and Europe’s fourth best smart city – both for its environmentally sustainable initiatives and also for its thriving tech ecosystem. Startups in Barcelona can only meet growth. Whether because of the great access to investment and or simply to a community of entrepreneurs that never ceases to stick together. For you, as a business owner, there will always be support and advice. Barcelona Activa, in particular, offers a whole range of services both for entrepreneurs living abroad and foreign companies looking to invest in Barcelona. Start your journey in the city and meet success.
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SETTLING IN THE CITY
If you plan to be in Spain for no more than three months, you do not need to carry out any immigration procedure. You only need to have a valid passport or identity document (ID). If you intend to stay for more than three months or establish your residence in Spain, you will have to apply for a Certificate of registration as an EU national (Certificat de registre de ciutadà de la Unió). As for non-EU family members, the document they need to obtain is the Residence Card for family members of EU nationals.
Visa and permits provided for under the ““Foreign Nationals Act” are as follows: Residence and employment; Residence and self-employment; Non-working residence (residing without carrying out any working or remunerative activity).
All the information regarding residence requirements can be found here.
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
Barcelona Activa’s Business Support Office (Oficina d’Atenció a les Empreses, OAE) offers a Business Landing service for Barcelona Based investment projects. This one-stop-shop service, which is free of charge and fully confidential, includes: Information and advice about the process of setting up a subsidiary company or a branch in Barcelona; or an Online service to rapidly set up a business. Follow the links below for more information.
Access to capital
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Access to talent
Barcelona is a magnet for international talent: the city places 6th in the world for attracting International Talent (Esade’s MBA City Monitor). Barcelona Activa provides services to assist you during the recruitment process, from the identification of vacancies (search for candidates in the Barcelona Activa database and other recruitment sources), and the shortlisting and submission of candidates. For more information follow the links below: Talent Management Service; Job offers.
Education is one of the government’s strategic priorities and is considered to be essential to the region’s economic and social development. Detailed information about the educational system in Catalonia/Barcelona can be found here.
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Diversity and Inclusion
Barcelona is always committed to inclusion and diversity. And equality is also among businesses’ main concerns. Check out some training and programs regarding that topic. To boost gender equality, there is even the LIDERA.
Barcelona in the Media
Barcelona’s TravelPerk acquires US competitor
TravelPerk, a Barcelona-based business, has acquired US NexTravel to accelerate its expansion into the US market. Details are here.
Payflow extends seed round funding to €2 million
The investment happens 8 months after the launching of this Barcelona financial wellness startup. Read the full article.
Polaroo manages your recurring expenses
According to a study from this fintech, 33% of 15,000 people admit having monthly expenses they don’t want to pay. Polaroo has a way for them to save money. Know more about this startup.
BusUp raises €6M to expand to the US
The corporate bus commuter management raised Series A round. Read everything here.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CITY
Contemporary architecture, beautiful beaches, Romanesque churches or unique markets. Barcelona has the color of gold and never ceases to impress, also with the best restaurants, nightlife and sightseeing itineraries. To live and to work in, the city has everything to be happy with: it’s an open city, both for people and for commerce, and can be proud of being among the most innovative tech ecosystems. Come and enjoy.
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