Ecosystem

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!

Turn Your WhatsApp Messages into a Chat Book with This Startup

Memories are the best gifts you can possibly give to you loved ones. But until we can export memories directly from our brains Black Mirror style, how do you actually wrap them up and hand them over to your family and friends? zapptales, a Munich-based startup founded by Barcelona-born Daniel … more of this ‘Stories’ post

Luis Martín Cabiedes, one of Spain's most important VCs and angel investors, Barcelona
“Becoming an Entrepreneur Is Not Your Decision” – Interview with Luis Martín Cabiedes, Angel Investor and VC

Luis Martín Cabiedes is one of the most important investors in internet and technology ventures in Spain. He’s also a professor at IESE, a philosophy graduate, a sailor, a motorsport enthusiast – and he must have a wealth of other faces that I have not yet had the chance to … more of this ‘Stories’ post

eCooltra, the leading electric scooter sharing service in Barcelona
Scooter Sharing in Barcelona: What You Need to Know and Why You Should Try It

Riding a scooter can brighten up your day, and you don’t even have to own one to be able to enjoy its many benefits. Scooter sharing services like eCooltra are making sure that there is a scooter available for you at any time, wherever you may be. And Barcelona is … more of this ‘Stories’ post

I am perfect food is a Barcelona startup aiming to fight food waste
Fighting Food Waste: a Barcelona Startup That Sees the Beauty in Imperfect Food

I am perfect food is a young Barcelona startup here to help solve a global problem that is everyone’s concern, but hardly anyone talks about: food waste. Their intention is to try and fight food waste on as many fronts as possible, and they’ve got a bunch of brilliant ideas … more of this ‘Stories’ post

Eduardo Manchon, CEO of Barcelona startup Mailtrack - a Gmail add-on to track email opens
Google Is No Longer a Threat, but an Ally – the Barcelona-Based Email Tracking Startup That Has 1 Million Users

With nearly one million active users (966,503 according to Chrome Store), Mailtrack, an email tracking extension for Chrome, is one of the most popular Gmail add-ons – and it’s built in Barcelona. The highly scalable startup that could be the next prodigy from Barcelona was created by a small team … more of this ‘Stories’ post

Barcelona chatbot startup Hubtype
Chatbots and Silicon Valley – as Seen by Barcelona Startup Hubtype

2018 is an exciting year for chatbots. Computer programs that can have conversations with humans through text messages have been around for a while, but it is only now that brands and customers are starting to recognize their true value. It’s also now that a multitude of brilliant startups are … more of this ‘Stories’ post

Cyber security awareness specialist Hannah Tufts, Barcelona
Mindfulness Is the Key to Staying Safe Online – Interview with Hannah Tufts, Cyber Security Awareness Specialist

Online security is no longer just about the safety of our personal and professional data. It’s about the protection of our self-image, our self-worth, and even our human interactions outside of tech. It’s about learning to control technology and using it in a conscious way instead of letting it control … more of this ‘Stories’ post

Lynette Kucsma cofounder Natural Machines, Barcelona-based foodtech startup
The Future of Foodtech: Barcelona Startup’s 3D Food Printer Will Revolutionize Kitchens

When you hear the words 3D food printing, what’s the image that pops into your mind? Is it the famous replicator from Star Trek capable of synthesizing food out of thin air? Or is it everyone’s favorite pizza-rehydrating microwave from Back to the Future? Foodini, the real life 3D food … more of this ‘Stories’ post


3 Early Stage Barcelona Startups That Could Have a Huge Technological Impact
3 Early Stage Barcelona Startups That Could Have a Huge Technological Impact

We’re super impatient when it comes to potentially groundbreaking technologies that are almost a reality but not quite yet. That’s why we’ve taken it upon us to find three Barcelona startups that we can’t wait to see grow – and change our reality. What these startups have in common is … more of this ‘Top startups’ post

5 Apps Created by Barcelona Startups That Foodies Will Love
5 Apps Created by Barcelona Startups That Foodies Will Love

The food industry is an ideal field for experimentation, and Barcelona startups are on the front line. They’re coming up with more and more innovative ideas on how to reduce food waste by foodsharing, how to become as efficient at food delivery as possible, and how to create diet plans, for example. Their … more of this ‘Top startups’ post

6 Barcelona Travel Tech Startups That Are Transforming the Way We Travel
6 Barcelona Startups That Are Transforming the Way We Travel

Travel tech startups, from Barcelona and around the globe, are taking off at an incredible rate and changing not just the way we book our trips or pick out destinations, but our entire concept of travelling. Prominent trends in the travel tech industry typically rely on using artificial intelligence, machine … more of this ‘Top startups’ post

20 Barcelona Startups to Watch in 2018 - top Barcelona startups
20 Barcelona Startups to Watch in 2018

This year, Barcelona made the Eu-startups annual list of hottest European startup hubs once again. And not just made it, but came fifth for the third year in a row, bested only by the humongous ecosystems of London, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam. The ranking itself is great news and definitely … more of this ‘Top startups’ post

Barcelona Food Delivery Startups - The Ultimate App Test
We Tried 4 Barcelona Food Delivery Apps and We Have a Winner

Now that virtually every startup wants a slice of the delivery cake, the question is no longer what to order for lunch, but which delivery 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 … more of this ‘Top startups’ post

5 Barcelona Startups That Are Winning the Sharing Economy Revolution
5 Barcelona Startups Are Winning the Sharing Economy Revolution

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

5 Barcelona Startups That Raised Significant Amounts of Funding This Month - September
5 Barcelona Startups We’re Into This Month [September]

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

5 Barcelona Startups We Are Into This Month
5 Barcelona Startups That We’re Into This Month

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 Barcelona 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 … more of this ‘Top startups’ post


ThoughtWorks XConf Conference Barcelona 2018
Evolutionary Architecture, Robots and Smart Cities – Here’s What We Learned at XConf Barcelona

ThoughtWorks XConf, a Conference Built by Technologists for Technologists XConf is everything that a technology lover could dream of – a place to talk about your experience with emerging technologies, learn how to implement new solutions and gain new perspectives. For the first time in the 5-year history of the … more of this ‘Events’ post

7 Tech and Startup Events in Barcelona July 2018
7 Tech and Startup Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Month in Barcelona

Welcome back to our monthly tech events guide for all you entrepreneurs, techies and startup enthusiasts in Barcelona! This time around we’ve got networking events for dreamers, innovators, science nerds, aspiring entrepreneurs, fintech experts, Space junkies and ecommmerce marketers alike. Meet people, start developing your idea, acquire new skills and … more of this ‘Events’ post

Ecommerce Mastery Live - full day of marketing training in Barcelona
Grow Your Business Like a Pro: Ecommerce Mastery Live

Are you ready to master the advanced tactics and strategies of the world’s best ecommerce marketers to help your business survive and thrive? Learn the secrets of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and marketers first hand right here in Barcelona! Ecommerce Mastery Live (ECML) is an offshoot of iStack Training’s … more of this ‘Events’ post

SheCommerce Barcelona: Connecting the Next Generation of Women in Ecommerce

As a woman, starting or growing your own business can be difficult without a community of like-minded women to support you. Do you ever find yourself wishing you could connect with others who are in the same boat and learn from successful female entrepreneurs? This July, Barcelona will be home … more of this ‘Events’ post

7 Tech and Startups Events You Need to Attend in June 2018 in Barcelona
7 Tech Events You Need to Attend This Month in Barcelona

Another month, another 30 days and 7 fantastic tech and startup events to look forward to in Barcelona! Just like every month, we’ve prepared our events guide for all you techies, developers, startup enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and innovators out there. We’ve got lots going on: Barcelona Design Week, several workshops on … more of this ‘Events’ post

7 Tech Events and Meetups You Don't Want to Miss this Month in Barcelona – MAY 2018
7 Tech Events and Meetups You Don’t Want to Miss This Month in Barcelona

We’re back with our monthly events guide for techies, entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts and anyone who likes to go out and network in Barcelona! This month, we’ve got massive events like a foodtech tradeshow and a business conference for entrepreneurs, as well as smaller but just as valuable meetups where you … more of this ‘Events’ post

7 Tech events and meetups you need to attend in April 2018 in Barcelona
7 Tech Events and Meetups You Need to Be at This Month in Barcelona

We have to admit, this month we found it especially hard to pick just 7 tech and startups events in Barcelona that everyone interested in technology and innovation must attend. We’re being spoilt with conferences that offer a chance to meet startup founders and investors and learn from the best … more of this ‘Events’ post

7 Tech and Startup Meetups and Events in Barcelona March 2018
7 Tech Meetups and Events You Don’t Wanna Miss This Month in Barcelona

If you’re passionate about supporting women in tech, you will thrive at the tech meetups and events coming up this month as the Barcelona tech community gears up for the celebration of International Women’s Day. From casual meetups to a grandiose conference, women will definitely have a voice this month! … more of this ‘Events’ post


Bida_app_A Barcelona Startup That Wants to Buy You a Drink
This Startup Is Buying Everyone Drinks at Barcelona’s Coolest Bars

To celebrate summer in Barcelona, Bida app is offering their app completely free till October 1st! That means anyone and everyone (over the age of 18, of course) can discover Barcelona’s top-rated bars and restaurants and get a free drink every 3 hours in any of these hotspots.   If … more of this 'News' post

Barcelona Ventures - Six Barcelona startups going to Silicon Valley
Breaking Down the Wall Between Barcelona Startups and Silicon Valley Investors

The Barcelona Ventures Silicon Valley Acceleration Program is presenting 6 startups with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get access to funding in the United States. The 6 companies planning to expand or raise capital in the US have completed the first 5 weeks of the acceleration program in Barcelona and are … more of this 'News' post

Barcelona Startup Wallapop Launches In-App Payment Service Called Wallapay
Wallapop Launches In-App Payment Service Called Wallapay

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

Bosch Is Launching an Electric Scooter Sharing Service in Barcelona - Tech News
Bosch Is Launching an Electric Scooter Sharing Service in Barcelona

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 Tesla Eco Battery Supercharger
Tesla Installs Chargers for Electric Cars in El Corte Inglés

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 … more of this 'News' post

Barcelona Startup Zero 2 Infinity Launches Its First Rocket from the Edge of Space (Photo by Zero to Infinity)
Barcelona Startup Zero 2 Infinity Launches Its First Rocket from the Edge of Space [VIDEO]

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

Barcelona is Ready for 5G: ZTE to Launch World’s First Gigabit Phone at Mobile World Congress

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

Amazon is Hiring! Open Tech Positions in Barcelona

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