Tech Spirit Barcelona, entrepreneurs conferences for entrepreneurs
Barcelona, February 18, 2020 – Born spontaneously after the cancellation of 4YFN and MWC, the Barcelona Tech Spirit initiative, organized by Barcelona Tech City together with the Barcelona City Council, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, ACCIÓ, Barcelona Activa, the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, the Consorci de la Zona Franca, the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, the Government of Spain and other institutions of the startup community, will host several activities and conferences to promote entrepreneurship as announced in a press meeting held today in El Palauet.
Tech Spirit Barcelona -turned around overnight after an emergency meeting held last Thursday in the Damm Space of Pier01 of Barcelona Tech City- is already in place. It will encompass several entrepreneurship conferences to be held from February 23rd to 27th. Open to the local and international ecosystem, it will bring together networking meetings between entrepreneurs and international investment funds that were already planning to visit Barcelona at this time.
Tech Spirit Barcelona is considered a ‘one shot’ event, to be held only this year, and does not aim to be an alternative or replace other existing events. This initiative has sought to fill a gap in one of the most important weeks of the year for the local, Spanish and international digital and technological ecosystem. The objective is to keep the momentum with the planned activities scheduled this time of the year.
New proposal of activities
Tech Spirit Barcelona, in addition to acting as an umbrella entity gathering the rest of the activities carried out in the city, has presented a new proposal. It will deliver a program of activities that will be developed at the Casa Llotja de Mar and will also bring together all the proposals created by other organizations, to be held at the Pier01 andPier03 spaces. Tech Spirit Barcelona’s agenda and website will be published shortly.
Tech Spirit Barcelona kick off will take place on Sunday 23rd with the celebration of the Tech Spirit Lunch by Mobile World Capital Barcelona that will bring together 300 representatives of the digital ecosystem in La Boqueria market.
The Authorities’ Welcome Reception will take place on Monday 24th at the Caixabank All In One Space. The bulk of the activity will be concentrated on Tuesday 25thand Wednesday 26th, with more than 40 renowned speakers between conferences and round tables that will be distributed between Casa Llotja de Mar, Pier01 and Pier03, including the Damm Space rooms, Naturgy’s Innovahub, Payment Innovation Hub and The Collider of Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
One of the most outstanding activities will be the conference delivered by Ferran Adriá on innovation and transformation. It will have local and international experts of reference such as Jerome S. Engel (from Berkeley University), Genís Roca, Alfons Cornellà and big names of the ecosystem such as Mauricio Prieto from Edreams, Oscar Pierre from Glovo, Tatxo Benet from Mediapro, Elisenda Bou from Vilynx, Carlota Pi from Holaluz, Elies Campo from Telegram, Pepe Agell from Chartboost, Mar González from Microsoft Research, Phillippe Gelis from Kantox, the soccer player and technological entrepreneur Esteban Granero and representatives of companies such as TravelPerk, SEAT, Telefónica, ImaginBank, Plug & Play, Novartis, Adevinta, Zone2Boost, InnoCells (Banco de Sabadell) among many others.
Meeting Iberia Venture Capital will be held on the 26th. The Business and Knowledge Department, through ACCIÓ, will keep the activities that it usually organizes during MWC and 4YFN such as the Open Challenges Innovation, where 120 startups from Catalonia and the rest of the world will offer their solutions to the technological challenges in the fields of health, fintech and connectivity posed by 35 multinationals; and the Brokerage Event, where 240 companies from more than 30 different countries will participate in 20-minute bilateral interviews with other companies, large corporations and technology centers to explore opportunities for collaboration. In addition, the Levelling Playing Field will also take place in the Auditori 1899 of the Camp Nou, moderated by Maria Teixidor, Member of the Barça board of Directors.
Finally, on the 26th, BSMwill be in charge of organizing the closing act for all participants at the Palau Sant Jordi.
Facts of interest
Linked to the web and the registration, Tech Spirit Barcelona will have an app to facilitate networking among all attendees. In addition, Renfe has offered a discount rate, aimed at all the event attendees, to ease their travelling.
More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the Tech Spirit Barcelona conferences, to be held from February 23rd to 27th, with more than 40 activities, around 60 speakers and with the presence of more than 100 venture capital investors.
The initiative, to be held exclusively this year due to the exceptional events organized by the GSMA, has received the support of numerous companies, professionals and institutions, especially Telefónica, CaixaBank, Banco Sabadell. Barcelona Tech City’s team has also had the support of Firma, Llorente and Cuenca (LLYC), Mortensen, McCann and El Palauet.
Miguel Vicente, President of Barcelona Tech City and spokesman of Tech Spirit Barcelona:
“The initiative has emerged from the willingness of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to enable the connection and contact between companies, startups, institutions, business schools, CEOs, entrepreneurs, accelerators and incubators both nationally and internationally. In addition, these acts facilitate entrepreneurs and international capital funds to get in contact, generating new clients and investors.”
Teresa Cunillera, Delegate of the Government in Catalonia:
“Barcelona and its business and technological fabric has once again demonstrated its potential and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as its ability to overcome adversity. We take great pride. As it couldn’t be otherwise, the Government of Spain continues and will continue to give its support to the citizens as well as to the business and technological fabric. That is why I can announce the Government of Spain’s decisive involvement in this project promoted by Barcelona Tech City.”
Pere Navarro, Special Delegate of the State at the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona:
“We want to be a factory of opportunities that is involved in a true 4.0 industry transformation with a firm commitment to entrepreneurs and startups in this sector.”
Jaume Collboni, First Deputy Mayor, Director of the Economy, Labor, Competitiveness and Treasury Department of the Barcelona City Council:
“Barcelona has no issues whenever it needs to innovate, invent and reinvent itself if necessary… it is implicit in our DNA. This initiative is a good example of the city’s commitment to its entrepreneurial, digital and technological ecosystem. This is the Barcelona we are and the Barcelona we want to be: Southern Europe’s technological hub.”
Àngels Chacón, Counselor of Business and Knowledge of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia:
“Barcelona Tech Spirit’s initiative is an example of the potential of Catalonia’s business fabric, which perfectly reflects the virtues of our ecosystem of startups, investors, corporates, entities and administrations. I am a believer and practitioner of public-private collaboration; today we can once again demonstrate that the sum of public and private initiatives allows us to go further and transform this innovative and technological spirit into business and activity.”
Carlos Grau, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona:
“Being the mobile world capital 365 days a year and hosting MWC and 4YFN have made Barcelona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem the way it is today. The city has the opportunity to continue building a legacy that allows it to consolidate itself in the coming years, not only as a benchmark in entrepreneurship, which enables us to be a real urban laboratory where technologies are validated and an leader in the debate on the techno-ethics that will mark the future of our society.”
Miquel Martí, CEO of Barcelona Tech City
“Tech Spirit Barcelona is a response from the board of directors of Barcelona Tech City, taking on the challenge and reflecting the founding spirit of the Association, which currently represents more than 1,000 companies in the technology and digital sector. Tech Spirit Barcelona is an inclusive and transversal movement that wants to accommodate all the entrepreneurial energy that is roaring these days in the city.”
About Barcelona Tech City
Barcelona Tech City is a private non-profit association created by entrepreneurs that represents more than 1,000 companies in the Barcelona digital and technological sector. It collaborates with startups, companies, universities, business schools, investors and public administrations with the aim of consolidating Barcelona as an international technological hub and promoting innovation. The Association is creating a Technological Urban Campus that includes different spaces: Pier01, a technological hub of reference in Europe, Pier 03, a hub specialized in blockchain and Palauet Tech, a social meeting space for the ecosystem, as well as Canòdrom de Peninsula, focused on video games.