Life sciences hub: Life sciences activities account for 7,2% of Catalan GDP, have an annual turnover over €16,000 M, and employ more than 220,000 people in over 1,000 companies and 89 research entities. Since 2010, 50 new companies are set up yearly in the Bioregion of Catalonia. The province of Barcelona is home to 94% of the life sciences companies in Catalonia: more than half (55%) are based in the capital. Barcelona city is also home to 81% of investors and 35% of the medtech companies.
Startup ecosystem: With over 1,200 startups, Barcelona is one of the Europe’s most dynamic startup ecosystems, especially in the field of new technologies. It is Europe’s 5th Startup Region, behind London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam, according to EU-Startups.
Talent: Catalonia has 12 universities, with a student population of around 235,000. Three of these universities (UAB, UPF and UB) are among the top 200 in the world (Times Higher Education ranking). Barcelona-based ESADE, IESE and EADA also rank among the top business schools in Europe.
Events: Barcelona is among the top three cities in the world to stage international events and congresses (ICCA 2017). Barcelona is the 2012-2023 Mobile World Capital—hosting yearly the GSMA Mobile World Congress, the international flagship mobile event that attracts some 100,000 professionals —. Other major events are Health 2.0. CPhI, BIO-Europe Spring or IoT Solutions World Congress.
Quality of life: Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan, modern, dynamic and stylish capitals in the world. A Mediterranean climate, beaches, parks, splendid leisure time and cultural programmes, 4,500 educational institutions, a modern and accessible health system, an strategic geographical location and an extensive transport infrastructures make Barcelona the European city with the highest quality of life. Barcelona ranks 8th in the World’s Best Cities ranking 2018, the most comprehensive city ranking across all continents based on the opinions of both their visitors and their residents.