The UPC and Barcelona Tech City have recently signed a collaboration agreement to jointly promote the generation of a technology and digital ecosystem in Barcelona. The ecosystem will be focused on talent, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as knowledge and technology transfer.
The two entities will bring together their networks of entrepreneurs to promote the collaborative economy between students, alumni, researchers and companies incubated in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and companies in Barcelona Tech City (BTC). The BTC will create an incubation area for companies in the Pier 01 and Pier 03 buildings in the Palau de Mar, Barcelona. There, entrepreneurs from both communities will have access to the networking and service activities of Barcelona Tech City, which represents over a thousand Barcelona-based companies in the digital and technology sectors. In these spaces, students, alumni and entrepreneurial research staff from the UPC can develop their business idea once the projects have been selected by the university and the BTC. The UPC is the first Catalan university to make an agreement of this type with the BTC. The aim is to extend this collaboration to other universities.
Through this agreement, the UPC will become a leading technology partner of the BTC, and will offer training pathways in entrepreneurship, mentoring sessions, meetings and networking activities to companies housed in the BTC technology hub. Likewise, it will demonstrate its technological potential to companies in the Association, and channel their needs through the CIT UPC Technology Center to facilitate technology and knowledge transfer from the university.
This new partnership adds to the work the UPC has been carrying out for many years to foster innovation and support the entrepreneurial talent of students, graduates and teaching and research staff. To date, the university has promoted 95 business projects through its Emprèn UPC spaces on the university’s campuses around Catalonia. From these, 25 companies have emerged with the participation of 240 students and graduates.
About Barcelona Tech City
Barcelona Tech City is a private non-profit association created by entrepreneurs that represents more than 1,000 companies in the digital and technological sector in Barcelona. It collaborates with start-ups, companies, universities, business schools, investors and public administrations, with the aim of consolidating Barcelona as an international technological hub and promoting innovation.
The association is creating an Urban Technological Campus that includes different spaces: Pier01, a leading technological hub in Europe; Pier 03, a hub specialized in blockchain; El Palauet, a social meeting space for the ecosystem; as well as Canódromo de Peninsula, focused on videogames and digital industries.