The City of Barcelona, through the local development agency Barcelona Activa, facilitates the installation of innovative start-ups in Barcelona with specific spaces named incubators.
Tags: City Finance, Living Laboratories
Project type Promoting Economic activity
Promoter Barcelona Municipality and Barcelona Activa
Start date 1986/1987
Barcelona Activa offers special services to companies and start-ups, with the aim of helping them grow and therefore support the general economic development of the city. It offers training and special business programs.
The economic and productive activity of Barcelona focuses on giving an opportunity to strategic sectors, such as Digital Economy, Creative and Cultural Industries, Health and Quality of life, Green economy and Sustainability, Production, Tourism and Commerce.
With this aim, Barcelona Activa has promoted so called incubators, which are a set of offices with the most advanced infrastructure and services, which objective is supporting innovative business projects in their creation and growth processes. An incubator provides users with logistical, administrative and value added services, like facilitate access to financing and internationalization, and promotes networking and synergies among hosted businesses.
The incubators strategy include different buildings and programs, dedicated to specific branches of production and innovation: Glòries incubator, Almogàvers Business Factory (which includes a coworking space), ESA BIC Barcelona, Media-TIC Incubator, Canòdrom creative park incubator, and m-startup-barcelona. Other projects and spaces are underway.