Government of Catalonia

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Catalonia’s digital hub is made up of some 19,000 companies that employ some 180,000 professionals and have an overall turnover of € 30,000M (representing 13% of its GDP). The Catalan ecosystem is built on a solid base of companies, research centres and universities in the sector, and a powerful emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Barcelona (the capital city of Catalonia) is the 5th best ecosystem in the EU inwhich to set up a startup (Global Startup Ecosystem Index 2022), the 2nd favourite EU hub of founders for setting up a startup (Startup Heatmap Europe Report 2023), and the 6th EU hub in terms of funding raised for startups in venture capital (Dealroom, 2022). Due to the importance of this sector for the growth of the future economy, the Government of Catalonia has promoted a strongstrategy in the field of digital technologies to make Catalonia a digital country. Thanks to this activity, Catalonia has improved its digital development, in the deployment of infrastructures, the growth of technological sectors, the digitalisation of public services and the promotion of strategies in disruptive or innovative technologies as blockchain, 5G, artificial intelligence or New Space.

In this framework, the Government promotes strategies in advanced digitaltechnologies (NewSpace, AI, 5G and blockchain), boosted by its Secretariat forDigital Policy (Catalonia’s Ministry for Business and Labour) in order to create a better future for Catalan cities and their citizens, as you will be able to check at Smart City Expo World Congress 2023 in Barcelona.We would be pleased if you could join us at booth D60 (pavilion 2) to:

  • see projects from 20 tech companies of the Catalan technological ecosystem
  • attend insightful daily presentations
  • live an immersive quantum tech experience
  • and network at our Cities’Challenges’ area

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