As one of Europe’s leading ICT hubs, Catalonia offers everything the modern ICT firm could possibly need and it is a pole of attraction for foreign tech investment. Barcelona is considered the 4th tech city in the world, the 4th most prepared city for the technological future, and the 5th European city in tech investment attraction. The number of ICT companies has grown 31% since 2013, with Catalonia being home to 22.2% of all ICT companies in Spain.
A growing ICT industry on all fronts
Between 2015 and 2019, Catalonia has been the first technological FDI destination in Spain. Furthermore, Catalonia is the 7th region in Western Europe in the number of projects, the 5th in terms of job creation and the 7th in capital investment in the ICT industry.
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 the city into a permanent global centre for mobile technologies and making it a global benchmark for mobile transformation.
Strategic technological opportunities
In the field of videogames, there have been significant startup acquisitions in Catalonia, as well as specialized videogames engineers, graphic designers and a creative environment. Blockchain tech is also another highly relevant technology thanks to increased university and engineering sector interest. 5G is another sector taking off in Catalonia with 22 firms currently developing projects.
In other areas of innovation, Catalonia also hosts an advanced materials cluster with more than 30 members, and 700 nanotechnology and materials researchers making our economy rank highly in terms of pioneering thinking.