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What do I see here?The Heatmap Trust Score is a measurement of popularity of a startup location based on the recommendations of founders.

Expansion Destination

2 offices

of international unicorns

Global Connectivity


Most Connected Hub


14 mn €

3 year annual average

City Customization Test

Startup Success Stories



Klarna is a Swedish bank that provides online financial services such as payment solutions for online storefronts, direct payments, post purchase payments and more. The Fintech company was created in 2005, in Stockholm, by Sebastian Siemiatkowski (CEO), Niklas Adalberth and Victor Jacobsson.


Spotify is a Swedish music streaming and media services provider. The famous audio streaming platform was founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek (CEO) and Martin Lorentzon. The company counted 130 millions premium users in the first quarter of 2020.


Northvolt provides electrification and renewable energy storage designed for lithium-ion battery plant to produce batteries. The Swedish company was founded in 2016 by Paolo Cerruti and Peter Carlsson. It aims to establish a supply of sustainable batteries in Europe

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Founder Opinions

Dan Shepherd

Director of Operations at Hubbub Labs

“Barcelona is a fascinating place and somewhere which I fell in love with instantly. It’s one of Europe’s most up-and-coming startup hubs and there are endless networking events and initiatives to support entrepreneurs from all over the world. However, starting a business here doesn’t come without its difficulties. Find out more in this blog post I wrote for OneCoWork – Barcelona’s best coworking space.–6-things-to-know-before-starting-a-business”

Toni Manzano

Co-Founder & R&D Director at Bigfinite

“Bigfinite is a startup born in San Francisco. When we arrived to BCN we found in the BCN Activa’s Landing Department the same feeling, efficiency and service spirit than we are used to manage in Silicon Valley. That’s a great flavour and a good start point for a start up.”

Manel Sort

General Manager at King Barcelona

“We had a great experience working with Barcelona Activa. I especially appreciate their responsiveness helping us setting up operations, from the legal procedures to the search of an office in the city.

Richard Calvo

Former CEO of Yababook accelerated by Wayra Barcelona

“As you already know Barcelona becomes one of the most important cities in Europe for innovation and entrepreneurship. In Barcelona there is a solid startup ecosystem that enables the collaboration among all its building block: startups, VCs, corporates, universities and public organizations. The talent attraction and retention is one of the key drivers as well as the entrance of international VCs we have here.”

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Ariane Bucquet-Pousette

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