High-tech and ICT companies require a dynamic and innovative business environment. That is why—with around 12,800 ICT companies, a turnover of €14,0 billion and 84,600 highly skilled workers— Barcelona is already home to many top ICT companies, successfully operating in the city.
Barcelona, firmly on the global mobile map
From 2012 to 2023 Barcelona is the Mobile World Capital. This means that not only the international flagship mobile event is held yearly here, the GSMA Mobile World Congress, but also a whole range of activities and programs all year around are creating a dynamic professional ecosystem for the mobile and its satellite industries. This initiative has transformed Barcelona into the permanent global centre for mobile technologies, representing the development of a business environment focused on this type of industry on an international level and making Barcelona a global benchmark for mobile transformation.
There are 900 companies dedicated to the mobile sector. Activities such as e-commerce or digital gaming are growing in Barcelona. During the 2010 – 2016 period, Catalonia received 39.1% of FDI into the Spanish mobile sector and 44% of jobs were created due to FDI.
Connect to your markets and customers
Catalonia has always had a strong industrial sector, which has today become an eager mobile & ICT client: business solutions, transport, health and retail are the sectors with which mobile & ICT companies more frequently work. With one out of every five Spanish ICT companies, the sector in Catalonia is closely related to smart cities, the Internet of Things and other areas linked to the 4.0 industrial revolution such as 3D printing, robotics, connected vehicles or big data.
Be part of a dynamic ecosystem
During the period 2010-2016, the ICT Industry Inward FDI into Catalonia accounted for 16% of the total projects, 10% of the total jobs created and 3% of the total capital investment made into Catalonia.
With over 1,100 startups with ambition and global vision, Barcelona is one of the Europe’s most dynamic startup ecosystems, especially in the field of new technologies. Barcelona is also the 5th Startup Region in Europe according to Compass and ACCIÓ, behind London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam. The CITIE 2015 report lists Barcelona as the 4th Best city favoring digital entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the Catalan capital ranks extremely well in terms of cost of living & best location for office space costs.
Find specific talent amidst a pool of available and skilled professionals
With 84,600 highly skilled workers and a vigorous mix of long-standing companies and new business ventures, Catalonia has generated a large pool of highly skilled employers with Barcelona being a competitive city in Europe in terms of IT salaries. Catalonia counts on an outstanding academic system offering ICT, IoT & mobile-related studies. The UPC-BarcelonaTech is a leading university in engineering and ICT fields.
Discover an international and open sector
During the 2010-2016 period, Catalonia was the 4th Continental Western European region in terms of job creation in the ICT sector, and the 2nd Southern European region in terms of number of projects and job creation in the ICT sector.
Connect to the right technology
Catalonia fosters technology transfer in ICT and offers excellent opportunities for networking and interacting with technology centres. Among them, Eurecat Technology Centre of Catalonia, I2CAT Foundation, Institute of Photonic Sciences, the Computer Vision Center, the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre.
Business opportunities for the ICT sector
- Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 in Catalonia is strong due to its industrial legacy and expertise in the ICT sector.
- The Internet of Things
Catalonia, the most trusted IoT HUB in Europe.
- Big Data
Catalonia is leading big data in Europe above UK and Germany.
- 3d Printing
Catalonia, the 3D Printing world HQ.
The government of Catalonia is heavily investing in Cybersecurity.
- Connected vehicle and Autonomous Driving
Catalonia is the most prepared environment in Europe for Self-Driving Cars.
Catalonia has a robust and exceptionally creative environment for the gaming sector.
Catalonia offers the best testing environment for civilian drones.
Barcelona, the launching pad for ecommerce in the Mediterranean and Europe.
- Smart Cities
Catalonia blends its strengths in the ICT sector and R+D initiatives to produce a world class smart city.
- Mobile Technologies
Barcelona, the Mobile World Capital, offers a diverse ICT and mobile market mixed with cutting edge R+D.
- Artificial Intelligence
A growing and strategic sector offering a wide range of applications for Catalan Industry.