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!
There’s a startup in Barcelona that has the potential to shake the real estate market to its core. Founded in 2015 with the intention to change the way that people find flatmates, Badi is now the number one platform for room rentals in Spain, having matched 760 thousand listers and … more of this ‘Stories’ post
Discussions about empowering women in tech come to a boiling point around International Women’s Day, and we’re taking advantage of this incredible momentum to bring you an interview with Helena Torras, CEO and Co-Founder at B-wom. The Barcelona startup has built an app to help women take control of their … more of this ‘Stories’ post
Why can’t women have their own golf clubs? It’s a valid question a business world where female entrepreneurship is on the rise. And the answer is: of course they can, and more! Downtown Offices is a work hub for female entrepreneurs, the first of its kind in Spain. As a … more of this ‘Stories’ post
We spend our money unconsciously, yet we can’t seem to save up even if we make a conscious effort to do so. But what if we could save without even trying? Yes, there’s an app for it. Brand new Barcelona fintech startup Saveboost has built a solution that helps users … more of this ‘Stories’ post
There aren’t many European cities that can boast with being home to a worldwide leading robotics company. We are proud – and excited! – to say that Barcelona is one of them. PAL Robotics, founded as a startup in Barcelona, builds biped humanoid robots for research and for performing services … more of this ‘Stories’ post
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 member … 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 kid’s 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
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
4YFN, the annual startup conference held parallel to the Mobile World Congress came and went like winter in Barcelona, hitting with full force and disappearing before we had a chance to fully appreciate it. Now that everyone has cooled off a bit, we look back on the past few days … more of this ‘Events’ post
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to recruit the right people into your business. Here’s an event where you can learn new tricks and strategies when it comes to hiring the talent you need! Join us at this unique two-day conference that will cover all topics related to talent acquisition in the … more of this ‘Events’ post
4 Years From Now (4YFN), the leading startup platform in the entrepreneurship and digital innovation field is returning to Barcelona with its fifth edition between 26-28 February 2018. The event taking place within the framework of the GSMA Mobile World Congress will gather local and international entrepreneurs, startups and professionals working … more of this ‘Events’ post
While the Mobile World Congress and 4 Years From Now are undoubtedly the most awaited event series of the month, let’s not forget about all the other tech and startup events happening in Barcelona in the next few weeks! From informative sessions about the trendiest tech in the world (yep, you … more of this ‘Events’ post
On 24 April, EU-Startups is hosting their flagship event, the EU-Startups Summit in Barcelona! After being ranked the 5th hottest startup hub in Europe by EU-Startups for the third time in a row, Barcelona now has the pleasure to host their annual conference. The EU-Startups Summit will showcase a selection of Europe’s … more of this ‘Events’ post
Happy New Year, Barcelona! We all love the holidays but it’s good to be back at the hustle. As we expected, there will be no shortage of tech events to kick off the year in January. From tips on fundraising success for your startup to trends in cryptocurrencies and social … more of this ‘Events’ 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
Now this is the kind of news that we like to hear when summer is coming to an end. Bida, a Barcelona startup and 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 … 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 … 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