Barcelona Mobile World Capital: What have been the returns to the city?


In 2011, it was announced that Barcelona, Spain had been chosen as the "GSMA Mobile World Capital" and continue to be the site of GSMA Mobile World Congress through 2023.

The Mobile World Congress is the biggest mobile event of the year, seeing the launch of many of the top smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, as well as seeing the emergence of the hottest new trends in mobile.

With the support of the public and private sector throughout Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain, MWCapital focuses on three areas: the acceleration of innovation through digital-based entrepreneurship, the digital transformation of industries and the empowerment of new generations, professionals, and citizens in the use of digital technologies. Collectively, the programmes are positively transforming Education, Industry and the Economy.

MWCapital hosts the Mobile World Congress and delivers 4 Years From Now [4YFN], a business platform for the innovation community.

3258 Startups in Spain in 2016

The Digital Startup Ecosystem Overview 2018 analyses the state of the spanish startup ecosystem, the situation of the main european hubs and its capability to attract talent. The maturity of the Spanish entrepreneurial landscape through an overview of the most outstanding investment rounds, the top invested sectors, and the main figures, among others. 



The growth of these spaces constitutes an important foundation for the development of a sturdy ecosystem that promotes the creation of new entrepreneurial initiatives and encourages talent to connect, and at The Foundery we’re proud to be part of this vibrant city full of opportunities and with our building is the perfect place to work on your big idea. Whether you are a solo entrepreneur or have a full team, we can host you. With a membership you have access to event spaces, conference rooms, and different workspace formats, both part-time flex desks and full-time dedicated office space. 



Spain presents one of the largest investment growths in Europe


The main driver behind the growth of the Spanish startup ecosystem is the ambition and increasingly global vision of entrepreneurs who, especially in the last 5 years, approach projects with a perspective aimed at global markets, right from the moment these projects are created. Then, after testing their businesses in the local market they immediately open up to conquering other markets in the US or Europe, competing from here with other startups around the world. In addition, initiatives such as Mobile World Capital, ICO’s Venture Capital Funding Program, ENISA, ICF and Avanza, have helped significantly to increase the ratio of investment per capita in venture capital and bring us closer to the European average.