Located in vibrant Southern Europe, Barcelona and Catalonia offer a welcoming environment for companies looking to expand in a thriving innovation and technological advancement ecosystem. The region's appeal is highlighted by its distinction as home to half the world's top 50 innovative companies (BCG), reflecting Catalonia's commitment to pioneering advances and forward-thinking strategies.
Catalonia continues to push the boundaries of science and technology with its world-class scientific infrastructure represented by institutions such as the Alba Synchrotron and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. However, Catalonia's reputation extends beyond innovation to its business-friendly economy and substantial industrial base, making it a sought-after destination for global companies looking to establish operations in Europe. Diverse sectors such as chemicals, automotive, food and beverages, metallurgy, and life sciences collectively contribute significantly to Catalonia's GDP, highlighting its economic resilience.
Twelve universities and top-ranked institutions nurture a vibrant talent pool that drives the region's prosperity. Barcelona, in particular, serves as a magnet for multilingual professionals worldwide, earning it a place among the world's top 10 cities for international talent (Decoding Global Talent, Onsite and Virtual, Boston Consulting Group, 2020).
But Catalonia offers more than a robust business environment. It provides an extraordinary quality of life, with a diverse natural landscape, mild climate, and rich cultural heritage. High global city rankings, public healthcare, and work-life balance add to its appeal.
Catalonia is also well-connected, with three international airports, two major ports, and an extensive rail and road network. As Southern Europe's largest intermodal logistics hub, it has attracted global giants such as Amazon, Decathlon, and Volkswagen-SEAT.
Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia, has rapidly emerged as a top destination for AV & TECH business events. With its renowned international events, such as the Mobile World Congress and Smart City Expo, the region attracts large corporations and scale-ups. The upcoming America's Cup also adds to the excitement.
For all these reasons, we invite you to experience the spirit of the America's Cup and explore the business opportunities in Barcelona and Catalonia, where innovative ideas and collaboration turn into remarkable stories.