Barcelona Tech City inaugurates Pier01, its new headquarters in the Palau de Mar at Barceloneta
Barcelona, 22 July 2016.- Barcelona Tech City, the association that brings together entrepreneurs and start-ups from the Barcelona digital and technological sectors, has officially opened Pier01, the association’s new headquarters, which has involved the remodelling of the Palau de Mar in Barceloneta, making it one of the most important technological hubs in Europe.
The opening ceremony was presided by the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Carles Puigdemont, who was accompanied by the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, the President of the Port of Barcelona, Sixte Cambra; the general director of the Mobile World Capital Foundation, Aleix Valls, and the general director of the Society of Shopping Centres of Spain (CSSD), Bertrand Chevallerau. The event was the official launch of the new infrastructure [that] will be the epicentre of the activities of the technological and digital sectors in Barcelona. Over 80 start-ups and local and international organisations will share over 10,000 m2 of modern facilities, where more than 1,000 professionals will carry out their professional activities. Barcelona Tech City
Miguel Vicente, president of Barcelona Tech City, stressed the importance of «providing the city with aworldclass infrastructure that positions Barcelona as a technological and digital benchmark in Southern Europe and integrates it into the global network of major technology and innovative centres, in which cities of the stature of Berlin or London already coexist.” Currently, Barcelona Tech City has over 300 members representing over 330 technology companies, and has the support of global partners such as Mobile World Capital Barcelona, CaixaBank, ESADE, Deloitte, La Vanguardia, LetGo, AirBnB, Gas Natural Fenosa and Telefonica Open Future.
Pier01 will be home to over 80 companies, including new start-ups, businesses and initiatives such as Mobile World Capital Barcelona’s mVentures, Antai Venture Builders, Nuclio Venture Builders, 101Startups, Conector, Napptilus, BeRepublic, Byhours, Geenapp, Ikomobi or the Association’s own offices, among others, which will have their offices in this emblematic building of the Catalan capital, joining those already present there, Holaluz, LetGo and Tiendeo.
Barcelona, a digital and technological ecosystem
Located in an environment representative of the spirit of the city of Barcelona, by the Port Vell, the Gothic Quarter and La Barceloneta, the Palau de Mar project symbolises “traditional Barcelona with the new Barcelona of design, dynamism and entrepreneurship,” says Miquel Martí, Barcelona Tech City CEO. “This nineteenth century landmark building perfectly sums up the characteristics of Barcelona as a city in whichtodevelop personal and professional projects.” The facility, located in a strategic enclave of the city, will not only be home to companies but also to conferences, meetings and workshops organised by the Association and third parties in order to “be the backbone of the city’s digital sector” says Martí.
The number of professionals employed in the Catalan technology and digital sector has doubled in just 4 years from 5,000 to almost 13,500 employees. More and more talent and international corporations choose Barcelona as a base on the European continent, and foreign investors are increasingly interested in projects developed in the city.
The Palau de Mar –an emblem of trade and economy since the nineteenth century
The Palau de Mar is typical of nineteenth century port architecture, built of brickwork with arches. It was built between 1880 and 1890, in the Pau Vila plaza, to house the former General Commercial Warehouses. The engineer Mauricio Garrán, first director of the Port of Barcelona Board of Works, wanted to use the warehouses as commercial storage sites and eventually they were used to store the goods arriving at the port. It is the only remaining industrial building of Barcelona’s Port Vell.
Previously the headquarters of the Department of Welfare of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the building will now also house Barcelona Tech City and be available to the most important national and international companies on the technology landscape, thus becoming one of the largest tech hubs in Europe.
About Barcelona Tech City
Barcelona Tech City is a private non-profit organisation whose main objective is to consolidate and enhance the digital and technology sector based in Barcelona. With over 10,000 employees, it will position Barcelona as the sector’s global benchmark and European capital.
The association has the support of Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya and global partners such as the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, CaixaBank, ESADE, Deloitte, La Vanguardia, LetGo, AirBnB, Gas Natural Fenosa and Telefonica Open Future, as well as major brands such McCann-Ericsson or Rousaud Costas Duran among others, and represents more than 330 companies of the city’s digital sector. Some of these companies are important success stories that originated in Barcelona, such as eDreams, Privalia, Scytl, Social Point, Trovit, Letsbonus, Softonic, Wallapop, Grup Inspirit, ITNet Group, Active Venture Partners, Galdana Ventures, Nauta Capital and Caixa Capital Risc, among many others.