Tackling the challenges of the future
Barcelona’s startup ecosystem is at the forefront of the technologies of the future. The study highlights that 86.8% of the startups work with technologies linked to industry 4.0. More particularly, 36% of startups use Artificial Intelligence and Big Data as their primary technology.
The report also shows that 47% of startups work with technologies related to Deeptech, based on a scientific discovery or engineering innovation.
The health, business services, ICT, and Mobile and leisure sectors account for 42% of the startups.
4th leading EU hub in funding rounds for startups
Barcelona is the 4th EU hub in terms of the number of investment rounds for startups. The total number from 2021 added up to 154 rounds, only behind Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam.
In 2021, Catalonia raised €1,479M in investment for startups, the highest figure in the historic series. 65% more investment was raised in comparison to 2018, the year with the greatest volume to date.
Between 2020 and 2021, there was a 246% growth in the volume of investment raised by Catalan startups. Some noteworthy investments in 2021 are the ones from companies Glovo, Wallbox, Wallapop, TravelPerk, or UserZoom.