Barcelona, ​​a great technological campus, by Miguel Vicente

After more than three years of discreet meetings, proposals and negotiations, the vision that we promote of turning the emblematic Post Office building in Via Laietana into a new one begins to take shape. hub technological for the city.

Once the rehabilitation agreed by the City Council, the Post Office and the Zona Franca Consortium is underway, this new space will reinforce the Urban Technological Campus project promoted by Barcelona Tech City. A network of digital spaces that has its epicenter at Pier 01 in Palau de Mar, which expands into the nearby Pier 03 and extends like a large technological campus throughout the city. The agreement with BME was recently signed that will allow the location of Pier 05, specialized in fintech , in the Borsa de Barcelona building on Passeig de Gràcia. And soon others will be added hubs specialized in key sectors such as health and life sciences, education and mobility.

The sector captured 900 million euros in investment last year

Moving in this direction, and being able to do it with assets such as the Post Office building, reinforces Barcelona’s proposal to articulate innovation in urban space: it is about facilitating technological developments to coexist with end users, citizens. And at the same time, the proposal represented by the Technological Urban Campus positions us at the level of other references such as StationF in Paris, Industry City in New York, or the Mars District in Toronto.

The Pier concept, developed by Barcelona Tech City in reference to the port area as a place of arrival and shelter, functions as a unifying space for the different actors of the technological ecosystem: entrepreneurs, start ups , accelerators, incubators, venture capital funds, service firms and innovation centers of large corporate groups. This concept has proven to have a very significant impact on the development of the city’s technological ecosystem, which received 900 million euros in investment last year and is consolidated as the hub reference in Southern Europe.

Not in vain, at Pier01, chosen by Forbes as one of the six hubs world’s most innovative digital companies, more than 1,500 people work in 120 organizations. The latest to join have been the Mobile World Capital Foundation and the GSMA.

These hubs integrated into the urban campus constitute a great lever to attract talent and capital, two key axes for the competitiveness of the digital sector at an international level. They become poles of attraction for international talent and sources of development and training for our own talent. They are a great showcase to show our proposals to international investors, who come to the boards of directors of the start ups The scale ups where they have already invested and take the opportunity to discover the new promises. They are also a space for open innovation where magic happens when combining the speed and disruption capacity of the start ups with the innovation of corporates .

These spaces and their locations – an old port warehouse that travels from the industrial revolution to the 4.0 revolution, or the old Barcelona Stock Exchange once again marking the future of banking – exemplify the necessary change in the economic model and represent a step of the highest impact in the transformation of Barcelona into a great leading city in the digital economy.

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