Strong cluster policy
in Catalonia

With 30 years of experience in cluster policy, in Catalonia, 27 clusters are home to 2,900 firms and other entities with a combined turnover of €80,000M.


Cluster policy is part of Catalonia’s pro-business economy.

Both Catalonia’s administration and its dynamic business community rapidly saw the value of forming one of the major cluster programs in Europe.

With 30 years of experience in cluster policy, 27 clusters are home to 2,900 members, generating €80,000 million and 100 collaborative projects, and standing out as a benchmark in European cluster policy.

The value of experience in cluster policy

For over 30 years, Catalonia has been a pioneer in cluster-based economic policy in Europe, attracting major international players, such as the TCI Network, the global cluster practitioner’s network, and the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence, along with other renowned knowledge institutions.

The success of Catalonia’s cluster policy has been acknowledged by the Harvard Business School in a published business case, making it a global benchmark for cluster-based economic development. According to the Harvard publication, companies within cluster programs in Catalonia show higher levels of investment activity, increased research and development efforts, and superior performance in job creation and internationalization.

Thanks to its extensive experience in business clusters, Catalonia has become an attractive destination for foreign companies aiming to establish a new business in Europe.

One of the major clusters in Europe thanks to pro-business administration

Cluster policy here responds to the Catalan government's diverse, pro-business economic policy to promote Catalonia internationally.

Our clusters, major sources of sectorial knowledge, create the ideal ecosystem to connect businesses in similar fields, research institutions, universities, and other key stakeholders with similar strategic challenges.

Multiple advantages powered by clusters

By allowing companies to connect locally and globally, Catalan clusters are the ideal tool to help them generate and run collaborative projects with sufficient critical mass to compete globally.

Furthermore, as they concentrate on key industries in Europe and Spain, international companies and investors can easily access the resources of a dynamic network of specialized partners and industry-related suppliers, providers, and associations.

Major clusters in Barcelona-Catalonia

“Thanks to clusters, Catalonia is much more attractive to foreign companies because they immediately get into an ecosystem of partners, rather than just a greensite to invest in”

Christian Ketels, Faculty member and Researcher at Harvard Business School and EU Commission Special Advisor

  • 27 clusters

    Catalonia is home to 27 cluster associations

  • 2,700 members

    The clusters group together 2,700 companies and entities

  • €70,000M in Turnover

    Clusters in Catalonia generate a turnover of €70,000 million, contributing 30% to the region's GDP.

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