Starting a business in Barcelona: Public organisations

Starting a business in Barcelona: Public organisations

Seeking investment for your startup in Barcelona? Want to network with the city’s movers and shakers? Or perhaps you need support to reach the global market? 

Then it’s time to tap into the city’s wealth of resources and see what the Barcelona startup ecosystem has to offer.

These public and private organisations offer a range of services, from financing and strategy to free workspace and gala dinners. Here’s a quick rundown of the aims of each platform, so you can get the support you need when starting or scaling a business in Barcelona.

ACCIÓ – from the Generalitat de Catalunya

Acció works with 24,000 businesses a year, servicing SMEs, startups and investors. It helps organisations connect to funding, technology and innovation services, marketing, and internationalisation. It also offers opportunities for growth within the Catalan startup ecosystem and has a number of offices in the region. 

Visit: Acció and download its guide in English (PDF) 

Avançsa – from the Generalitat de Catalunya

Avança has been supporting Catalan business with technical, administrative and economic support since 1985. It centres on investment opportunities and financing unique opportunities and has an objective to grow and develop sustainable companies that add value and differentiation and boost the job market.

For investors, Avançsa offers a technical and financial analysis of opportunities, provides a due diligence audit and some risk off-setting.

Visit: Avançsa

Barcelona Activa – from the Generalitat de Catalunya

Barcelona Activa’s objective is to foster economic growth and innovation in the city. From free workspace to training programmes and financing, Barcelona Activa supports the local entrepreneurial community in a number of ways, including:

  • Promoting social innovation and equal opportunities
  • Facilitating the coordination of the public-private-community ecosystem
  • Improving welfare and conditions for workers 
  • Talent development

Visit: Barcelona Activa

Barcelona Global – private non-profit organisation

Barcelona Global is an independent non-profit association of research centres, entrepreneurs, business schools, companies, universities and cultural institutions. Its aim is to highlight and promote the city’s talent and economic activity.

It does this by organising events, dinners and activities. By bringing together professionals, it promotes projects that forward its objectives. 

Visit: Barcelona Global

Mobile World Capital – public/private combination

Mobile World Capital Barcelona is the host of the famous 4 years from now event and is supported by the public and private sector. It aims to promote digital entrepreneurship and innovation, transform industries through digital technology, support talent and reflect on tech’s impact on society. 

Visit: Mobile World Capital

Interested in startup ecosystems and Barcelona? Don’t miss our article What is a startup ecosystem and how can you build one?

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