Catalonia, a cluster hotspot in Europe

With 30 years of experience in cluster policy, in Catalonia 26 clusters are home to 2,600 firms and other entities with a combined turnover of €70,000M.

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Cluster hotspot

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

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

With now 30 years of experience in cluster policy, 26 clusters are home to 2,600 firms, representing 30% of Catalan GDP, and standing out as a benchmark in cluster policy in Europe.

The value of experience in cluster policy

This accumulated experience in business clusters in Europe means that Catalonia has been able to attract major international players such as the TCI Network, the global cluster practitioners’ network, and the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence, as well as other class-leading knowledge institutions.

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 aimed at promoting 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 that have the sufficient critical mass to compete on a global stage.

Furthermore, as they concentrate 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 greenside to invest in”

Christian Ketels, member of the Harvard Business School faculty and former president of the TCI Network

  • 26 clusters

    Catalonia is home to 26 cluster associations

  • 2,600 companies

    The clusters group together 2,600 companies and entities

  • 30% of GDP

    Clusters in Catalonia represent 30% of the region’s GDP