Palau de Mar in the Barceloneta, new headquarters for Barcelona Tech City
Barcelona, 18 May 2016.-Barcelona Tech City, association that brings together entrepreneurs and start-ups from the Barcelonan digital and technological sectors, presented today its new headquarters. On the same event it was also announced that the official opening of Barcelona Tech City’s new headquarters in Palau de Mar will take placeon June 9th.
The Palau de Mar project – which has enjoyed the institutional support of Barcelona City Council, the Catalonian Government and the Port of Barcelona – offers a 10.000m2 space for the Association’s headquarters. Furthermore, it will also be available for the associated companies and the main names of the national and international technology sector, becoming the main digital hub in Barcelona.
Barcelona Tech City has over 280 members and represents more than 300 companies of the technological sector in Barcelona. “Palau de Mar will be the city’s tech icon, and an incredible tool to promote Barcelona worldwide as a benchmark in the digital sector aimed to the service of entrepreneurs and start-ups, and making it a vital stop for any investor that arrives to Barcelona”, has explained Miguel Vicente, President, Barcelona Tech City. “This is a great contribution in our aim to place Barcelona on the map of the international technological landscape, becoming part of the global league of great technological hubs linked to cities like Berlin and London”, he adds. The building’s project will be the home to more than 60 companies, including new start-ups, companies and initiatives such as mVentures of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Antai Venture Builders, Nuclio Venture Builders, 101Startups, Conector, Napptilus, Barepublic, Buhours, Geenapp, Ikomobi, or the Association’s own offices, among others that will also have their offices in this emblematic building of the Catalonian capital, joining Holaluz, LetGo and Tiendeo, already present in the building.
Some of the key agents in the digital environment of the city have already announced their opinion on the new project that will begin shortly. NúriaBetriu, Industry General Director, Generalitat de Catalunya, highlights that “by promoting entrepreneurship, synergies between start-ups and the international projection that is carrying out, Barcelona Tech City contributes to the placement of Barcelona and Catalonia as a main international environment, exemplifying public and private cooperation in the search of creative solutions to the country’s company’s current challenges.”
Albert Gregorio, Occupation, Business and Tourism manager, Barcelona Activa, explains that “Barcelona Tech City is a clear example of maturity in the entrepreneurship and digital ecosystem in the city of Barcelona”. He continues: “it is a project with a growth path and expectations that place Barcelona without doubt as a leading city in the digital sector. Local and international talent will have a new creation and projection space at the level of other European cities.”
AleixValls, general director, Mobile World Capital Barcelona states that “we have the chance to create an entrepreneurship and knowledge sharing center with impact in the city and international presence among which entrepreneurs, institutions, investors and consolidated companies will have an active participation. With this aim we will develop mVentures and Numa’s first acceleration project that will accompany start-ups in a growing phase to its leap to the European market.”
To conclude, SixteCambra, president, Port de Barcelona, explains that “propelling economic activity, creating value and occupation and contributing to the companies’ competitiveness are three factors part of Port de Barcelona’s DNA, which will be more enhanced by the arrival of Barcelona Tech City in the heart of Port Vell. It is very satisfactory for us to welcome a cluster of tech companies and start-ups, which are part of a leading sector that accelerates the economy and society. Furthermore, Barcelona Tech City’s presence proves that Port Vell is one of the most dynamic and attractive areas in Port de Barcelona, an investment motor in our country.”
Barcelona, a technological and digital ecosystem
Placed in an environment that represents Barcelona’s spirit, in front of Port Vell, Barrio Gótico and the Barceloneta, the Palau de Mar project symbolizes “the most traditional Barcelona with the newest Barcelona of design, dynamism and entrepreneurship”, explains Miquel Martí, CEO, Barcelona Tech City. “This emblematic 19thcentury building perfectly adds Barcelona’s characteristics as a city in which personal and professional projects can be developed.” The building, placed in a strategic location in the city, will welcome not only companies, but also private and third-parties conferences, meet-ups and workshops, aimed to “become the backbone of the digital sector in the city”, explains Martí.
The Catalonian technological and digital sector has multiplied the number of professionals hired in just four years, going from 5.000 to almost 13.500 employees, and increasingly more talent and international corporations chose Barcelona to settle in the European continent. Foreign investors are also showing an increasing interest in the projects developed in the city.
Palau de Mar, emblem of business and finance since the 19th Century
Palau de Mar is a typical building of the 19thcentury portside architecture, with exposed brickwork and arches. It was built between 1880 and 1890 and is located in plaza Pau Vila to house the former General Commercial Warehouses. The engineer Mauricio Garrán, first director of the Port of Barcelona Works Committee, wanted to use the warehouses for commercial storage and they were eventually used as a storage area for cargo arriving at the port. It is the only remaining building from the industrial Port Vell of Barcelona.
Prior it was the headquarters of the Conselleria de Benestar of the Generalitat de Catalunya, now the building will also be Barcelona Tech City’s headquarters and will be available for some of the most important national and international companies of the technological landscape, thus turning into one of the biggest tech hubs in Europe.
About Barcelona Tech City
Barcelona Tech City is a private non-profit association the main aim of which is to consolidate and empower a digital and technological sector based in Barcelona so that, with over 10,000 jobs, it can position Barcelona as a global leader and European capital for this sector.
The Association has the support of Barcelona City Council, the Catalonian Regional Government and big names such as Mobile World Capital Barcelona, CaixaBank, ESADE, Deloitte and McCann-Ericsson amongst others, and it represents nearly 300 businesses from the digital sector in the city. Some of these companies are important success stories emerging from Barcelona, such as Edreams, Privalia, Scytl, Social Point, Trovit, Letsbonus, Softonic, Wallapop, Grup Inspirit, Grupo ITNet, Active Venture, Nauta Capital and Caixa Capital Risc, among many others.