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!

Discussing Estonian e-Residency, the solution for startups and solo entrepreneurs to start an EU business 100% online from anywhere in the world
How to Run an EU Company From Anywhere in the World, 100% Online – Estonian e-Residency

Imagine a platform where any entrepreneur, from anywhere in the world, could set up an EU company with EU banking, without ever having to set foot in an EU country. If you lived in Barcelona, for instance, you could choose whether you want to go through the potentially gruelling (if eventually … more of this ‘Stories’ post

Inside Alpha, Barcelona's Moonshot startup
Inside Alpha, Barcelona’s Moonshot Factory

Barcelona-based Alpha, a Moonshot facility established by Telefonica, adopts Google X’s mentality to change the world Not that long ago, in this very galaxy, Google came up with the concept of Moonshots. They’ve been using this semi-branded neologism to refer to most of their innovative projects rolling out of the … more of this ‘Stories’ post

Mattia Franco, CEO of Barcelona startup Xceed - find parties in your location
The Party Startup That Deserves to Be Taken Seriously – Interview with Xceed CEO Mattia Franco

Mattia Franco is the CEO and Co-Founder of Xceed, a Barcelona startup that just won the award for the fastest growing startup in Spain at Tech5 Awards. They may be known as a “party startup” because of their app, which lets users find and buy tickets to the best parties in … more of this ‘Stories’ post

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


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


7 startup and tech events to attend in barcelona in november 2018
7 Tech Events and Conferences to Attend This Month in Barcelona

Just like every month, Barcelona techies and startup people have a plethora of events to choose from. November brings, among other events, a prestigious summit focused on the sharing economy and smart cities, the yearly Startup Grind Barcelona conference, a social impact forum for startups and investors,  as well as … more of this ‘Events’ post

Startup Grind Barcelona Conference 2018
Startup Grind Barcelona Conference 2018

Meet top investors, entrepreneurs, developers, and journalists from all around the world in the second edition of the Startup Grind Barcelona Conference! It’s the only tech event in Barcelona where you’ll have the chance to learn from the best companies – Google, Shazam, N26, Dow Jones, Codeacademy, etc. – about … more of this ‘Events’ post

TechChrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018
Early Stage Startups, Here’s Your Chance to Shine at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018

Disrupt is TechCrunch’s flagship event where startup founders, investors, tech leaders and startup enthusiasts meet up to connect and shape the future of technology and innovation together. This year, on November 29-30, TC is bringing the renowned symposium to one of Europe’s most active tech hubs, Berlin. The event is … more of this ‘Events’ post

European Blockchain Convention organizer Victoria Gago, Barcelona
Before Blockchain Changes the World – Interview with Victoria Gago, European Blockchain Convention

Blockchain is without a doubt the most discussed new technology these days, and many would say that it is on the brink of disrupting our lives. However, a lot has to happen before that vision can become a reality. First of all, we need platforms to talk about what exactly … more of this ‘Events’ post

7 Tech Events and Conferences You Need to Attend This Month in Barcelona - October 2018
7 Tech Meetups and Conferences You Need to Attend This Month in Barcelona

Looking for business partners? A job in tech? Customers for your product? An opportunity to grow your network? You will have the chance to find all of these and more at this month’s tech and startup events. From networking meetups to niche conferences focusing on smart cities, IoT and blockchain, … more of this ‘Events’ post

The organizers and the press team at Freedom X Fest
10 Things We Learned About Location Independence at Freedom X Fest

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words ‘digital nomad’? For me, it used to be the image of a pair of hipsters with impeccably kept beards sitting in a yurt or in the back of a van typing away on their laptops doing … more of this ‘Events’ post

7 Tech and Startup Events in Barcelona September 2018
7 Tech and Startup Events You Have to Attend This Month in Barcelona

September is like another January. A perfect time for new beginnings. It’s definitely a period of revival for the Barcelona tech and startup scene after the summer break: the community is on fire and more active than ever. We’ve got a massive conference for developers – frontend, backend and full … more of this ‘Events’ post

7 Barcelona tech events and startup parties you don't want to miss in August 2018
7 Tech Events and Startup Parties You Don’t Want to Miss This Month in Barcelona

Barcelona may seem half empty as locals desert the city in August, but that’s no reason for life to stop, especially when it comes to the tech and startup world. Even if conferences and trainings are on hold, there will be no shortage of networking events and we’ll certainly see … 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