• Organized by Barcelona Tech City and the City of Barcelona, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, the Consorci de la Zona Franca, the Chamber of Commerce, the Government of Spain and other institutions in the ecosystem.
  • Ferran Adrià, Spanish unicorn Startups, investment funds, deeptech trends, conversations with Jerome S. Engel and, above all, entrepreneurial boosting will be part of this all-embracing initiative promoted by the startup and entrepreneurial community.
  • Tech Spirit Barcelona will host in its different spaces more than 40 activities, with more than 60 speakers, where more than 2,500 people is expected to participate.

 

Barcelona, ​​February 18, 2020 – Born spontaneously due to the cancellation of 4YFN and MWC, the Barcelona Tech Spirit initiative, organized by Barcelona Tech City together with the Barcelona City Council, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, ​​the Consorci de la Zona Franca, Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, the Government of Spain and other institutions of the startup community, will host several activities and conferences to promote entrepreneurship.

Tech Spirit Barcelona -organized very rapidly after a meeting last Thursday in the Damm Space of Pier01 of Barcelona Tech City that revealed the joint will of the different agents- has already taken shape: it will encompass several entrepreneurship conferences to be held from February 23 to 27. Open to the local and international ecosystem, it will bring together networking meetings between entrepreneurs and international investment funds that were already planning to visit Barcelona at this time.

Tech Spirit Barcelona is considered a ‘one shot’ event, to be held only this year, that does not aim to be an alternative or replace other events. This initiative has sought to fill a gap in one of the most important weeks of the year for the local, Spanish and international digital and technological ecosystem. The objective is that the startups ecosystem, that experiences great activity at this time of the year, can maintain the opportunity to hold meetings and do networking.

 

New proposal of activities

Tech Spirit Barcelona, ​​in addition to acting as an umbrella and gathering the rest of the activities carried out in the city, has articulated itself with a new proposal. It will deliver a program of activities that will be developed at the Casa Llotja de Mar building and will also bring together all the proposals created by other organizations, to be held at the Pier01 or Pier03 spaces. It will be given visibility through the Tech Spirit Barcelona’s agenda and the web, ​​to be published shortly.

The Tech Spirit Barcelona kick off will take place on Sunday 23rd with the celebration of the Tech Spirit Lunch by Mobile World Capital Barcelona that will bring together in La Boqueria 300 representatives of the digital ecosystem.

The Authorities’ Welcome Reception will take place on Monday 24th at the CaixaBank  All In One Space. The bulk of the activity will be concentrated on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th, with more than 40 renowned speakers between conferences and round tables that will be distributed between Casa Llotja de Mar, Pier01 and Pier03, including the Damm Space rooms , Innovahub de Naturgy, Payment Innovation Hub and The Collider of Mobile World Capital Barcelona.

One of the most outstanding activities will be the conference delivered by Ferran Adriá on innovation and transformation. It must also be highlighted that we will have local and international experts of reference such as Jerome S. Engel (from Berkeley University), Genís Roca, Alfons Cornella and big names of the ecosystem like Mauricio Prieto from Edreams, Oscar Pierre from Glovo, Tatxo Benet from Mediapro, Elisenda Bou from Vilynx, Carlota Pi from Holaluz, Elies Campo from Telegram, Pepe Agell from Chartboost, Mar González from Microsoft Research, Phillippe Gelis from Kantox, the soccer player and technological entrepreneur Esteban Granero and representatives of companies such as Airbnb, Uber, TravelPerk, SEAT, Telefónica, ImaginBank, Plug & Play, Novartis, Adevinta, Zone2Boost, InnoCells (Banco de Sabadell), among many others.

The Meeting Iberia Venture Capital will be held on the 26th. Also, the Business and Knowledge Department, through ACCIÓ, will keep on doing the activities that it normally organizes during the MWC and the 4YFN such as the Open Innovation Challenge, where 120 startups from  Catalonia and all over the world will offer their solutions to the technological challenges in the fields of health, fintech and connectivity posed by 35 multinationals; and the Brokerage Event, where 240

companies from more than 30 different countries will participate in 20-minute bilateral interviews with other companies, large corporations and technology centers to explore opportunities for collaboration. In addition, the Levelling Playing Field will also take place in the Auditori 1899 of the Camp Nou, moderated by the Barça board, Maria Teixidor. Finally, on the 26th BSM will be in charge of organizing the closing act for all participants at the Palau Sant Jordi.

 

Facts of interest

Linked to the web and the registration, Tech Spirit Barcelona will have an app to facilitate networking among all attendees. In addition, Renfe has offered a discount rate, aimed to all the event attendees, to facilitate their travelling.

More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the Tech Spirit Barcelona conferences, to be held from February 23rd to 27th, with more than 40 activities, around 60 speakers and with the presence of more than 100 venture capital investors.

The initiative, to be held exclusively this year due to the exceptional events organized by the GSMA, which has received the support of numerous companies, professionals and institutions, especially Telefónica, CaixaBank, Banco Sabadell. The Barcelona Tech City team has also had the support of Firma, Llorente and Cuenca (LLYC), Mortensen, McCann and El Palauet.

 

INSTITUTIONAL DECLARATIONS

Miguel Vicente, President of Barcelona Tech City and spokesman of Tech Spirit Barcelona:

“The initiative has emerged from the willingness of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to make possible the connection and contact between companies, startups, institutions, business schools, CEOs, entrepreneurs, accelerators and incubators both nationally and internationally. In addition, these acts enable entrepreneurs and international capital funds to get in contact, generating new clients and investors.”

 

Teresa Cunillera, Delegate of the Government in Catalonia:

“Barcelona and its business and technological fabric has once again demonstrated its potential and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as its ability to overcome adversity. We take great pride. As it couldn’t be otherwise, the Government of Spain continues and will continue to give its support to the citizens as well as to the business and technological fabric. That is why I can announce the Government of Spain’s decisive involvement in this project promoted by Barcelona Tech City.”

 

Pere Navarro, Special Delegate of the State at the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona:

“We want to be a factory of opportunities that is involved in a true 4.0 industry transformation with a firm commitment to entrepreneurs and startups in this sector.”

 

Jaume Collboni, First Deputy Mayor, Director of the Economy, Labor, Competitiveness and Treasury Department of the Barcelona City Council:

“Barcelona has no complexes whenever it needs to innovate, invent and reinvent itself if necessary… it is implicit in our DNA. This initiative is a good example of the city’s commitment to its entrepreneurial, digital and technological ecosystem. This is the Barcelona we are and the Barcelona we want to be: the Southern Europe’s technological hub.”

 

Àngels Chacón, Counselor of Business and Knowledge of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia:

“The Barcelona Tech Spirit initiative is a sample of the potential of Catalonia’s business fabric, which perfectly reflects the virtues of our ecosystem of startups, investors, corporates, entities and administrations. I am a believer and practitioner of public-private collaboration; today we can once again demonstrate that the sum of public and private initiatives allows us to go further and transform this innovative and technological spirit into business and activity.”

 

Carlos Grau, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona:

“Being the mobile world capital 365 days a year and hosting MWC and 4YFN have made Barcelona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem the way it is today. The city has the opportunity to continue building a legacy that allows it to consolidate itself in the coming years, not only as a benchmark in entrepreneurship, but that enables us to be a real urban laboratory on which to validate technologies and an exponent in the debate on the techno-ethics that will mark the future of our society.”

 

Miquel Martí, CEO of Barcelona Tech City

“Tech Spirit Barcelona is a response from the very board of directors of Barcelona Tech City, taking on the challenge and reflecting the founding spirit of the Association, which currently represents more than 1,000 companies in the technology and digital sector. Tech Spirit Barcelona is an inclusive and transversal movement that wants to accommodate all the entrepreneurial energy that is roaring these days in the city.”