Barcelona has all the top qualities of a booming startup ecosystem. One of it’s most solid pillars is a community with a strong collaborative mindset that fosters innovation, encourages the birth of new projects and supports their growth. This environment has produced more than 1,200 startups, and there are many more to come. These are the companies that we at Barcelona Startup News want to showcase to the world.
The name of the city has always been synonymous with innovation, which makes it an ideal setting for a technology hub. It’s also home to many renowned entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and other influencers who act as catalysts in driving progress.
Each year, Barcelona’s calendar is webbed by a network of startup events that bring together local and international players of the startup scene. An ecosystem could not thrive without the invaluable ideas shared, lessons learned and connections made during these moments. However, startup events and tech conferences in Barcelona are not the only forums for entrepreneurs: coworking spaces, startup incubators and accelerators also contribute to bringing the community together.
Below, we share the success stories of the best startups in Barcelona and the people behind them: how they started and where they’re heading. We also bring you lists of top Barcelona startups in different industries, the most recent Barcelona startup news and guides to the Barcelona tech scene.
Read on to discover what makes the Barcelona startup scene thrive!
Trying to park your car in Barcelona is nothing short of a calvary. Did you know that 20% of city traffic is caused by drivers circling around trying to find a parking space? It’s detrimental to the environment, it’s a debilitating factor in the city’s mobility and it takes a … more of this ‘Stories’ post
CEO, startup founder, mentor, influencer, role model, wife and mother. Mar Alarcón, CEO and Founder of SocialCar, Spain’s leading peer-to-peer car rental company, is all of the above and more. Recently named one of EU-Startups’ 50 Most Influential Women in the Startup and Venture Capital Space, and an active board … more of this ‘Stories’ post
Jordi Llonch Esteve was a pilot based in Vienna when the economic recession hit, and the company he was working for had to sell the plane he was flying. Even though this did not mean the end of his career in aviation just yet, it changed the course of his … more of this ‘Stories’ post
Money makes people go insane. Especially if they have five different bank accounts in two or three different countries and have no idea how to keep track of their finances. These were the thoughts that crossed Irakli Agladze’s mind when he realized that he had to juggle a dozen different … more of this ‘Stories’ post
Barcelona is not only home to great tech companies that were founded here: foreign businesses are also finding it hard to resist the charm of the city. Companies like NetSuite, one of the world’s first cloud company recently acquired by Oracle, are contributing to the city’s thriving ecosystem and have … more of this ‘Stories’ post
A young Barcelona startup has come up with an ingenious solution that lets you unlock your apartment from anywhere in the world with the help of a virtual key. All you need is a smartphone and an apartment with a Wifi connection. We chatted with Jürgen Matthias Lotz, one of … more of this ‘Stories’ post
A drink a day keeps the doctor away – okay, that’s not a saying, but it could be a slogan for Bida, a subscription-based app that’ll get you one free drink every day and help you discover Barcelona’s coolest bars for 9.99 euros a month. It’s an absolute bargain, and which … more of this ‘Stories’ post
We may not even realize it, but artificial intelligence is becoming an elemental part of our everyday lives. AI technology is no longer a prerogative of healthcare and computer science: it is now being used in a wide range of fields, including transportation, education, telecommunications, and even the fashion … more of this ‘Stories’ post
Now that virtually every startup wants a slice of the delivery cake, the question is no longer what to order for lunch, but which app to use. We’ve been on a mission to find the best food delivery service in Barcelona, and we’ve finally found the one! We put four … more of this ‘Top startups’ post
Is it just a fad, or is it a new revolutionary way of living and consuming that’s taking over the world? The effect of the sharing or collaborative economy can be seen very clearly in a wide range of industries from tourism to entertainment, and it’s constantly on the rise. … more of this ‘Top startups’ post
Another month has gone by, and we’ve selected another batch of Barcelona startups that just closed funding rounds to serve as living proofs of the undiminished vitality and amazing potential of our city. From biotech to virtual reality, IoT and social networking apps, Barcelona startups are at the top of … more of this ‘Top startups’ post
Good news from the startup world are a daily phenomenon in Barcelona, and this hasn’t changed in the past few weeks. Let’s see lately which startups had some wonderful news to share and achievements to be proud of! We’ll explain a bit about what each company does, just so you … more of this ‘Top startups’ post
If you’re a parent, you probably had a mini heart attack when you saw the title of this post. You must’ve gone: Oh my God, what sort of technological crap are they trying to shove down my kids’ throat this time? We get it, you don’t want your kid to … more of this ‘Top startups’ post
Barcelona is a city where we receive good news from the startup world on a daily basis: a huge investment here, a notable award there. There’s always something to talk about. For this month’s episode of New Discoveries, we’ve rounded up our favorite startups that have achieved something significant in … more of this ‘Top startups’ post
We have conversations with robots on our phone. This is our reality. And we love it! In case you’ve been living under a rock: a chatbot is essentially a piece of software capable of communicating with humans through messaging apps with the help of AI technology. There are endless uses … more of this ‘Top startups’ post
We’ve all been there. We’ve all had days when we suddenly woke up feeling motivated as ever, and decided to make an abrupt lifestyle change, getting rid of all our old habits and adopting new, better ones. Then, that very same night, we skipped the gym to go out with … more of this ‘Top startups’ post
As an early Christmas present, the Barcelona tech and startup community is getting a package of exciting events to attend – holiday editions of networking events for entrepreneurs, talks sharing valuable insight on startup life and meetups for everyone from UX Designers to Growth Hackers. Just like every month, Barcelona … more of this ‘Events’ post
Sports technology, mobile ventures, sharing economy startups, smart cities… This month will see a wide range of tech topics covered at several large-scale events in Barcelona. Open your calendars because Barcelona Startup News has put together a list of the 7 must-attend events for you, just like we do every … more of this ‘Events’ post
When I first heard about Startup Grind, I assumed it was an event series initiated by a corporate giant with a global reach trying to dabble in the startup world. How else could it spread from one city to over 250 in under a decade? Turns out, I couldn’t have … more of this ‘Events’ post
Tired of browsing online job boards all day long? What if you could have all the top tech companies in Barcelona in one place, at the same time? Barcelona Tech Job Fair 2017 is a chance for job seekers to talk to companies that are hiring in person. If you’ve … more of this ‘Events’ post
October started out as a turbulent month in Barcelona, but that doesn’t mean that life in the tech and startup hub has stopped. In fact, we’re looking at an unusually busy month, even for a city that’s constantly throbbing with energy. From afterwork meetups to two-day conferences and weekend-long courses, this … more of this ‘Events’ post
Barcelona and San Francisco. Sister cities since 2010, they’re both uncannily alike and radically different. We often find ourselves comparing and contrasting the two, and the reason is that there is a compelling connection, a dialogue between them that was recently strengthened by the creation of a direct flight between … more of this ‘Events’ post
The summer time-out is officially over, and as of the first week of September, business is back in full swing. This month will be less about fun meetups and networking/beer drinking events, and more about hardcore business conferences and learning opportunities for anyone interested in technology. This is your time … more of this ‘Events’ post
August is always a bit of a snooze when it comes to things happening in Barcelona, but rest assured, the tech and startup scene isn’t going to let you down. This month, the city’s wonderful community is spoiling us with with a talk on the evolution of the relationship between humans … more of this ‘Events’ post
Now this is the kind of news that we like to hear when summer is coming to an end. Bida, Spain’s first ever drink-a-day subscription app, just announced that they will be giving away one free drink a month to all their users. Including the non-paying ones! If you’re curious about the … more of this 'News' post
No more cash or awkward face-to-face meetings when you’re buying or selling second-hand stuff on Wallapop! One of Barcelona’s most popular startups, the leading mobile marketplace in Spain, Wallapop is expanding its realm by launching a new, secure in-app payment service called Wallapay. Future plans include starting a home delivery service and … more of this 'News' post
The German electronics manufacturer Bosch is planning to bring its electric scooter sharing system, which is already successfully running in Berlin, to the streets of Barcelona and Madrid, according to El Confidencial. As the city with the second largest number of motorcycles in Europe, Barcelona could prove to be an ideal … more of this 'News' post
Electric car owners can now charge their vehicles at Tesla charging stations in the parking lots of El Corte Inglés department stores in Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao, reports El Español. Charge It While You Shop The idea is that by plugging their car in, owners can take advantage of the time that … more of this 'News' post
The future is is much closer than it seems. Zero 2 Infinity, a privately owned, Barcelona-based startup that designs and launches satellites to near space, has completed a milestone mission on 1 March, when it successfully launched its first rocket from the Edge of Space. A small step for mankind, a huge … more of this 'News' post
With only one week to go until Mobile World Congress Barcelona, the tech world is completely hyped to find out what mind-blowing innovations the biggest names are about to announce. That the mobile industry’s race against time will continue with new technologies aiming to increase download speed and enhance user … more of this 'News' post
The multinational e-commerce giant Amazon will be opening its Barcelona logistics center in El Prat de Llobregat and starting the delivery of packages on 4 October. The company is planning to create no less than 1,500 jobs at the new site in three years’ time. As of right now, 40 open … more of this 'News' post
Finally, we can all sends message through WhatsApp and play Pokémon Go on the way to work without consuming any mobile data. By the time the city gets filled to the brim with people making their yearly pilgrimage to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress, all the city’s buses will … more of this 'News' post