Photo: ESA BIC

Photo: ESA BIC

Last modified: 27/11/2014

Two incubators for new technology companies up and running

Now open mStartupBarcelona business incubator for mobile companies and ESA BIC Barcelona incubator for space sector firms

Barcelona is one of the most important and lively innovation ecosystems in Europe. This is highlighted by initiatives such as the launch this week of mStartupBarcelona and ESA BIC Barcelona, two examples of public-private co-operation. 

The mStartupBarcelona is the first organisation in the city to offer various acceleration programs aimed at entrepreneurs and start-ups in the mobile sector. It is an initiative promoted by Barcelona City Council –through Barcelona Activa– and the Mobile World Capital Foundation ( MWCB). 

The aim is to attract bench-mark acceleration programs and strengthen the local ecosystem to position Barcelona as a "start-up city", recognized both in Europe and worldwide. 

Specifically, the first programs to attracted are Gamebcn, aimed at the gaming industry –and which now hosts 8 start-ups–; Startupbootcamp, seeking a dozen projects on the Internet of Things and Big Data; and IMPACT, seeking a dozen companies from the field of mobile Internet to adopt European FI-ware and Fi-Ccontent technology. 

The mStartupBarcelona, located in the Barcelona Growth Centre building is expected to accelerate the growth of 40 start-ups during the first year. 


A city based incubator with European connections 

Moreover, the ESA BIC Barcelona has opened this week, managed by Barcelona Activa. It is the first Business Incubation Centre (BIC) the European Space Agency ( ESA) has opened in Spain. 

With the aim of promoting the entrepreneurial and business ecosystem and positioning Barcelona as a European benchmark in the development of space technologies  , Barcelona Council presented itself as a candidate to host this new incubator in conjunction with the UPC Park, the Metropolitan Area of BarcelonaBarcelona Provincial Council,The Regional Council of the Baix Llobregat and Caixa Capital Risc

These new premises, located in the UPC Baix Llobregat Campus, are aimed at new companies that base their business on the use of space technology or systems to develop products, services or applications in other sectors. 

Currently, ESA BIC Barcelona hosts four start-ups that have created 26 jobs, both direct and indirect, and it is forecast that up to 40 companies will be installed until 2018. All will have access to the technical and scientific knowledge of the ESA and the UPC teams and will have expert business advice from Barcelona Activa. 

Press Release "mStartupBarcelona" (Catalan) 

Press release "ESA BIC Barcelona"  (Catalan) 

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