Adevinta joins Barcelona Tech City to consolidate its commitment to innovation

This agreement makes Adevinta, an international company known until now as Schibsted, a ‘Global Partner’, with new offices in 22@, Barcelona’s technological district, where more than 1,000 people will work.

Barcelona, 25 April 2019 – Adevinta, the company that owns the Fotocasa, Habitaclia, InfoJobs, Coches.net, Motos.net, Milanuncios and Vibbo portals, and Barcelona Tech City, a private non-profit association that represents more than 800 companies in the digital and technological sectors based in Barcelona, have signed an agreement that makes them Global partners.

Miquel Martí, CEO at Barcelona Tech City and Gianpaolo Santorsola, CEO at Adevinta in Spain

The agreement with Barcelona Tech City brings Adevinta closer to the technological ecosystem of the city so that it can share synergies and knowledge on topics surrounding innovation, one of the basic pillars for the development of its marketplaces.

According to Gianpaolo Santorsola, CEO at Adevinta in Spain, “Being part of Barcelona Tech City reinforces our commitment to innovation through technology. At Adevinta we have always promoted the attraction of talent, as well as teamwork, two of the values we share with Barcelona Tech City. We are very excited about this agreement, because we believe that we can establish very interesting relationships with the other partners and share knowledge with them so that together we can continue moving forward and contributing to accelerating Barcelona’s technological ecosystem”.

Both companies share the goal of consolidating Barcelona as a benchmark in the technological field. Ever since its inception, the Association has worked to consolidate Barcelona’s technological ecosystem, promote the city’s brand internationally as a technology and innovation area, attract talent, companies and international investment, involve business in education and connect with talent. For its part, Adevinta has a presence in 16 countries in Europe, Latin America and North Africa. It has had a presence in Barcelona for more than 40 years and has more than 1,000 workers.

“Adevinta is one of the world’s most important groups in the online classifieds sector. Its impact in Barcelona is historic, with the acquisition of relevant startups that have arisen within the group Intercom and Anuntis. The company, which has more than 1,000 employees, also has a great global impact since all the group’s marketplaces have been promoted from Barcelona. This agreement with Adevinta is of great importance for the ecosystem due to the contribution of content and knowledge, as well as the willingness to work with startups in similar areas of interest”, points out Miquel Martí, CEO at Barcelona Tech City.

Gianpaolo Santorsola, CEO at Adevinta in Spain and Miquel Martí, CEO at Barcelona Tech City

Betting on Barcelona

Barcelona’s digital and technological ecosystem has been consolidated over the last few years and today the city is a benchmark in terms of technology, innovation and talent. Different international rankings place Barcelona among the 21 largest technology cities in the world, the fifth largest startup hub in Europe and also by capital invested, as well as the third most popular city among founders for starting a new company.

In March, Adevinta opened new offices in 22@, the technological district of Barcelona. Five of the company’s current offices (two in Sant Cugat, two in Barcelona and one in Mataró) will be brought together in the new 11,000 m2 space. The new facilities, in which 1,000 people will work, will also house the headquarters of Adevinta, the new company split from Schibsted Media Group and listed on the stock exchange in April with a valuation of more than 6 billion euros. From the new headquarters in 22@, Adevinta will develop technology at a local level that can be exported to other countries and businesses of the group.

Adevinta, top marketplaces in digital transformation

During its 40 years of experience in the classified business, Adevinta (formerly Schibsted Spain) has seen its businesses evolve from paper to online and become the Internet benchmark in relevant sectors such as employment (InfoJobs), property (Fotocasa and Habitaclia), vehicles (coches.net and motos.net) and second-hand goods (Milanuncios and Vibbo).

About Adevinta

Adevinta is a company that is 100% specialized in digital marketplaces, the only “pure player” in the sector worldwide. With a presence in 16 countries in Europe, Latin America and North Africa, its local platforms receive an average of 1.5 billion visits each month.

In Spain, Adevinta, formerly Schibsted Spain, is one of the top companies in the country’s technology sector and a leader of digital transformation. In its 40-year journey in the Spanish classified market, Adevinta’s businesses have evolved from paper to online, making it the Internet benchmark in relevant sectors such as property (Fotocasa and Habitaclia), employment (InfoJobs), vehicles (coches.net and motos.net) and second hand (Milanuncios and Vibbo). Its more than 18 million users per month place Adevinta among the ten companies with the largest Internet audience in Spain (and the largest Spanish digital company). Adevinta currently has more than 1,000 employees in Spain.

More information at Adevinta.com

About Barcelona Tech City

Created by successful entrepreneurs, Barcelona Tech City is a private non-profit association that represents more than 800 companies from Barcelona’s digital and technological sectors, working together with the different stakeholders that make up Barcelona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. These include entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs, corporations, universities, business schools, public and private organisations, consulting companies and investors. The main objectives are to consolidate the city as an international technology hub and to promote innovation among the different stakeholders that make up Barcelona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, which employs 30,000 professionals.

Barcelona Tech City launched the Pier01 project in 2016 with the aim of becoming a leading technological space in Europe. Located in Palau de Mar (La Barceloneta), 100 companies and startups with over 1,000 professionals are brought together in its almost 11,000 square metres, and it has been recognised by Forbes as one of the six most innovative hubs in the world. Barcelona Tech City is currently working on the creation of a Technological Urban Campus with the incorporation of new hubs, some specialized in technologies with great potential such as AI or Blockchain, and others focused on sectors. As part of this initiative, Canòdrom by Peninsula has been incorporated as a hub for video games and cultural industries.

www.barcelonatechcity.com

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