FOR INTERNATIONAL STARTUPS

Local talent for your startup


The availability of highly skilled talent, with a wide range of profiles, is one of the strengths of Barcelona and Catalonia’s economy.

Excellent university system

Catalonia, with more than 1,050 degrees and masters, and more that 236,000 university students, has one of Europe’s highest student populations. The Catalan university system stands out for its quality, and is essential for the region’s economic and social development. Five international campuses of excellence and 3 universities among the world’s top 100 under 50 years old provide the right talent for a variety of professional profiles.

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) is among the top innovative universities in Europe, according to Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities. It is a leading university in the ICT field, with expertise in 5G, big data, cybersecurity, Internet of Things and quantum sciences.

Top ranked business schools

Universities ESADE and IESE, both recognized with the Triple Crown accreditation by the three most influential business school accreditation associations (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS), make Barcelona the only European city with two top ranked business schools.

Digital talent

Barcelona is the city where knowledge and digital talent combine with industry and technology, and so the city offers high quality profiles and expertise in different tech fields.

Public and private agents have joined forces to launch Barcelona Digital Talent to encourage the creation and capture of digital talent, and several ICT courses and bootcamps help get job-ready professionals.

R&D profiles

The number of professionals employed in R&D activities has increased around 4%, and the number of researchers in Catalonia is also growing by 4%. Scientific publication is outstanding, and patents and technology transfer collaborations are growing at a healthy pace. With 0.1% of the planet’s population, Catalonia accounts for 1% of worldwide and 3.7% of EU-28 scientific production. Also, Catalan requests for European patents showed a relevant increase of 15.7% in 2017.