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Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem.

With applications for the Barcelona Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release the Updated Barcelona Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v3 below! It was developed by the Barcelona Founder Institute and local leaders Urs Rothmayr, Oriol Bes, and Raphael Jardim.

More input is needed, so please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document, and it will be considered for the next update.

Are you looking to start a company in Barcelona?  Then apply to the Barcelona Founder Institute today.

A text version is included below, for searchability:

Startup Stages


 There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. Barcelona Loves Entrepreneurs
    2. Barcelona Startup Map
    3. Barcelona Startups List
    4. Barcelona Tech city Companies
    5. Barcinno
    6. Eureka Experts
    7. Eureka Startups
    8. Founders&tips
    9. JobsBCN
    10. Loogic
    11. Luis Font
    12. Startup Digest Barcelona
    13. Startup Hub Catalonia
    14. Tech.co Barcelona
    15. Technova Barcelona Blog


  • Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. 080 Barcelona Fashion Investor Day
    2. Barcelona Entrepreneurship Meetup
    3. Barcelona Founders' Corner
    4. Barcelona Internet Startups
    5. Barcelona Startup
    6. Barcelona Tech City
    7. B Good Sessions
    8. Big Data Startups
    9. Failcon Barcelona
    10. Fest-UP
    11. First Tuesday
    12. Full Stack Fest Barcelona
    13. Iniciador Barcelona
    14. ISport Forum
    15. PrimaveraPro Startups
    16. Quedamus
    17. Saltayunos
    18. Social Entrepreneurship Barcelona Meetup
    19. Start2Bee Business SiliconGracia Barcelona
    20. Startup Party Barcelona
    21. Startup Week Barcelona
    22. Startup Weekend Barcelona
    23. TechMeetups Barcelona
    24. TEDx Barcelona
    25. WEFOUND: Women Startups Entrepreneurs Barcelona
    26. WORKOFF: Digital Nomads & Coworkers in Barcelona


B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like Startup Founder 101, etc).
    1. Agile Barcelona
    2. Barcelona Bitcoin Community
    3. Content Strategy Barcelona
    4. Digital Marketing Barcelona
    5. Growth Hacking Spain Barcelona
    6. Guiripreneur Barcelona
    7. Health 2.0
    8. Lessons Learned
    9. MOB + FabCafe Barcelona
    10. Startup Founder 101 Barcelona
    11. Startup Grind Barcelona
    12. Teamlabs Barcelona
    13. The Silicon Valley Experience


  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, etc)
    1. BCN Coding
    2. B Corp Spain
    3. Catalunya Empren
    4. Corkscrew Startup Experienceships
    5. Data Science Dojo
    6. Founder Institute
    7. Fundación INLEA
    8. Ideateca
    9. Invasivecode
    10. Ironhack
    11. Lean Startup Machine Barcelona
    12. Moebio
    13. Pandorahub Fun Start up!
    14. Pitch Bootcamp Barcelona
    15. Startup Weekend Bootcamp Barcelona (II): Business Model Validation
    16. Tetuan Valley Startup School
    17. Ubiqum


C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. Cofounders Barcelona
    2. CoFoundersLab
    3. CollabFinder
    4. Founder2be
    5. Foundum
    6. Health & Bio Team Dating


  • Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
    1. Angelhack Hackathon
    2. Barcelona Gaming Data Hackathon. By BCNAnalytics + Social Point
    3. Global Urban Datafest
    4. Hackathon 'Todos Incluidos'
    5. HackerNest Barcelona
    6. Heywood&Sons
    7. Legal Hackathon Barcelona
    8. Typeform I/O Summer Hackathon

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

  • Establish: Law firms & banks for startups
    1. Abogalo
    2. Across Legal
    3. Avatic Abogados
    4. Banco Pastor
    5. Banco Santander
    6. Banc Sabadell
    7. BBVA
    8. Delvy Asesores
    9. Derecho.com
    10. Fortuny Legal
    11. La Caixa
    12. LexTic
    13. Metricson
    14. Roca Junyent
    15. Rousaud Costas Duran
    16. Starting Legal
    17. Triodos Bank


  • Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure)
    1. 021Coworking
    2. Apocapoc BCN
    3. ATTA
    4. BCN575 Coworking
    5. BCNewt
    6. Betahaus
    7. Blitz Coworking Gracia
    8. Cloud Coworking
    9. CommsTogether
    10. Coworking Platon
    11. CREC
    12. Depot Lab
    13. Domènech 7
    14. Espai Born
    15. Factory 103
    16. Felisa Cowork
    17. Garden Coworking
    18. Impact Hub Barcelona
    19. La Fabrica 22
    20. LoftCowork
    21. Makers of Barcelona
    22. MeetBCN
    23. Nidok Coworking
    24. Pangea Coworking
    25. Pier01
    26. Pipoca Coworking
    27. RavalCo
    28. Start2bee
    29. Talent & Co.
    30. Talent Garden Barcelona
    31. Transforma BCN
    32. Valkiria Hub Space
    33. WeWork
    34. Zamness


B. Develop

  • Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups.
    1. 1Dia 1Empresa
    2. Acompany
    3. Adase Grup
    4. Adrenalina
    5. Affa Asesoria
    6. Alioth Asesores
    7. Atraura
    8. BCNWebTeam
    9. Crealogica
    10. eData
    11. Einnova
    12. Ferpa Recursos Humanos
    13. Fite Assessors
    14. Lafosca
    15. La Teva Web
    16. MarsBased
    17. Michael Page
    18. Mobile Jazz
    19. PegPeg
    20. PulpoLab
    21. Salto con Red
    22. Siete y Siete
    23. Signia
    24. Tresmar Consultors
    25. WION


  • Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup teams)
    1. Atresmedia Hub Factory
    2. Demium Startups
    3. GameBCN
    4. Glòries Business Incubator
    5. Heywood&Sons
    6. Incubio
    7. Intelectium
    8. IQS Tech Factory
    9. Kick Incubator
    10. La Salle Technova Barcelona
    11. SeedRocket
    12. Start-Up Catalonia
    13. Startup Next Barcelona
    14. Upstarter Incubator


C. Launch

  • Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. Barcelona International Business Accelerator
    2. BStartup
    3. Conector
    4. Heywood&Sons
    5. Impact Accelerator
    6. Inspirit
    7. Itnig
    8. NUMA Barcelona
    9. Reimagine Food
    10. Ship2B
    11. Startupbootcamp Barcelona - IoT & Smart Data Accelerator
    12. Wayra


  • Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
    1. Betapitch
    2. Conector Barcelona #3 Demo Day
    3. Demo Day: Tecnologías que transforman la educación
    4. Demo Day Masteryourself
    5. Demo Day Mobile Barcelona
    6. Primavera Pro
    7. Startupbootcamp Internet of Things and Data Demo Day
    8. Startupbootcamp Smart City Living Pitch Day Barcelona
    9. Startup Next Barcelona - Demo Day
    10. Tech Demo Day
    11. Wayra Demo Day Barcelona

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

  • Investor Networking:  Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
    1. 1st Smart Cities Investment Forum
    2. 4YFN Events
    3. Barcelona Business Networking
    4. Barcelona International Investors and Founders (IIF)
    5. Barcelona Networking
    6. BCN Business Angels
    7. Business Angels Network Catalunya (BANC)
    8. CapitalCell
    9. Catch: Business Networking
    10. Challengers Barcelona
    11. Crowdcube
    12. Economistes BAN
    13. ESADE BAN Investment Forum Barcelona
    14. Global Women Entrepreneur-Network: Barcelona
    15. IESE Business Angels
    16. Innovation Forum Barcelona
    17. Keiretsu Forum
    18. Seed&Click Angel Network
    19. The Crowd Angel


  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)
    1. 20 Minutos
    2. ABC
    3. Ara
    4. Cinco Días
    5. Economia Digital
    6. El Economista
    7. El Mundo
    8. El Pais
    9. El Periodico
    10. El Punt Avui
    11. Emprendedores
    12. Expansion
    13. La Vanguardia
    14. TV3


B. Funding

  • Angels / Micro-VCs: Seed-stage investors
    1. Albert Armengol
    2. Albert Feliu
    3. Ankit Shah
    4. Axel Serena
    5. Bloomium
    6. Carlos Blanco
    7. Christopher Pommerening
    8. Daniel Gimenez
    9. David Monreal
    10. Debaeque
    11. Ed Freyfogle
    12. Encomenda VC
    13. Eneko Huarte-Mendicoa
    14. Enric Sole
    15. Fernando Lodi de Oliveira
    16. Finaves S.C.R.
    17. Grant Taylor
    18. Grupo Godó
    19. Grupo HS3
    20. Hugo Fdez.-Mardomingo
    21. Idodi Venture Capital
    22. Ignacio Fonts
    23. Inveready Technology Investment Group
    24. Javier Juncadell
    25. Joel Verges
    26. Jordi Priu
    27. Lanta Digital Ventures
    28. Lars Gehrmann
    29. Lluis Faus
    30. Luis Martin Cabeides
    31. Marco Gari Heseltine
    32. Marek Fodor
    33. Mauricio Prieto
    34. Neoko Capital
    35. Oscar Fuente
    36. Pura Strong
    37. Ramillas
    38. Ricard Soderberg
    39. Sitka Capital
    40. Smartech Capital
    41. Szabolcs Gaborjani
    42. The Crowd Angel
    43. Varun Dalal


  • Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
    1. 101 Startups
    2. Abac Capital
    3. Active Venture Partners
    4. Antai Venture Builder
    5. Ariol Capital
    6. Caixa Capital Risc
    7. ECIJA
    8. Flint Capital
    9. Funding Circle España
    10. Galdana Ventures
    11. Idodi Venture Capital
    12. Intelectium
    13. Inveready
    14. Lanta Digital Ventures
    15. Lánzame Capital
    16. Miura Private Equity
    17. Nauta Capital
    18. Nero Ventures
    19. Scaale Barcelona / Cross Border Angels
    20. Seed & Click
    21. SI Capital
    22. Sitka Capital
    23. Ysios Capital


C. Growth

  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Araytor Correduria de Seguros
    2. CICOR Internacional Correduria de Seguros
    3. CINC Business Center
    4. D&M Asesores
    5. Easystartup
    6. Grupo RH Barcelona
    7. Habitaclia
    8. Instant Offices
    9. JDM Correduria de Seguros
    10. LB Consultores
    11. Omnibus Correduria de Seguros
    12. Pisos
    13. Privat Asesoramiento
    14. Regus
    15. RSM Correduria de Seguros
    16. Search Office Space
    17. Target Offices
    18. Tecnic Consultores


  • Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Accenture
    2. Altair Management Consultants
    3. Barcelona Business Landing
    4. BSD Consulting
    5. Eureka Consultores
    6. Everis Group
    7. Indra Business Consulting
    8. Kernel Business Consulting
    9. KPMG
    10. McKinsey & Company
    11. Optimissa
    12. PwC



4. Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. 21Buttons
  2. 3Scale
  3. Akamon
  4. Atrapalo
  5. Badi
  6. ByHours
  7. Camaloon
  8. Cl3ver
  9. Cliventa
  10. CloudGuide
  11. Cooltra / eCooltra
  12. CornerJob
  13. Coverfy
  14. Cyberclick
  15. Datumize
  16. Derecho.com
  17. Doctoralia
  18. Ducksboard
  19. eDreams ODIGEO
  20. Eelp!
  21. Exoticca
  22. ForceManager
  23. Fractus
  24. Glovo
  25. Groupalia
  26. Holaluz
  27. Hutoma
  28. iContainers
  29. ID Finance
  30. Infantium
  31. Infojobs
  32. Kantox
  33. Kigo
  34. Kompyte
  35. LetGo
  36. Letsbonus.com
  37. Lodgify
  38. Minoryx Therapeutics
  39. Notegraphy
  40. Nubelo
  41. Nubera
  42. Nuroa
  43. Ôasys
  44. Passnfly
  45. PayTouch
  46. Peptomyc
  47. Picreel
  48. Privalia
  49. RedPoints
  50. Restb.ai
  51. Robot Media
  52. Scytl
  53. Signaturit
  54. Socialpoint
  55. Softonic
  56. Tiendeo
  57. TravelPerk
  58. Treeveo
  59. Trip4Real
  60. Trovit
  61. Typeform
  62. Ulabox
  63. Upptalk
  64. Uvinum
  65. vLex
  66. Voz.io
  67. Wallapop
  68. Worldsensing
  69. Zyncro



Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Adriana Freitas
  2. Alberto Lopez-Balcells Gallardo
  3. Alexander Dmitrenko Marchenkoff
  4. Alexis Urusoff
  5. Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit
  6. Alicia Cañellas
  7. Bart Huisken
  8. Bogdan Petrescu
  9. Diana Moret
  10. Diego Fernandez
  11. Elena Rodriguez Blanco
  12. Erik Brieva
  13. Fran Chuan
  14. Henrik Sprengel
  15. Holger Sprengel
  16. Hyun Park
  17. Iñaki Ecenarro
  18. Ivan Utge Hernandez
  19. Joaquim Pinto
  20. John Carbajal
  21. Jorge Fuentes
  22. Josep Amoros
  23. Josep Lluis de Gabriel I Eroles
  24. Josep Oriol Armengou Girbau
  25. Juan Alvarez de Lara
  26. Juan Castilla
  27. Marc Serra
  28. Maria Rubies
  29. Michiel Das
  30. Nacho Gallardo
  31. Oriol Bes
  32. Pere Valles
  33. Raphael Jardim
  34. Ruben Ferreiro
  35. Sergi Pallares Nadal
  36. Tirso Maldonado
  37. Toni Ferrate
  38. Toni Mascaró
  39. Urs Rothmayr
  40. Valerie Coulton
  41. Veronica Torras
  42. Xavier Alabart


2. Government

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. ACCIÓ
  2. Avançsa
  3. Barcelona Activa
  4. Barcelona Global
  5. Barcelona Innovacion
  6. BCN OpenChallenge
  7. Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona
  8. iBarcelona
  9. Ministry for Business and Labour
  10. Mobile World Capital
  11. mVenturesBcn


3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Barcelona Business School
    2. Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
    3. EADA Business School
    4. EAE Business School
    5. ESADE Business & Law School
    6. IESE Business School: Barcelona
    7. Teamlabs Barcelona
    8. Universitat Abat Oliba CEU
    9. Universitat de Barcelona
    10. Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
    11. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
    12. Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    13. Universitat Ramon Llull

  • Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google or large local companies, with large local offices)
    1. Booking.com
    2. CA Technologies
    3. Colt Technology Services
    4. HP
    5. IBM
    6. King.com
    7. Microsoft
    8. SAP
    9. Scytl
    10. SEAT
    11. SmartFocus
    12. Softonic
    13. Sony
    14. Telefonica
    15. Typeform
    16. VistaPrint
    17. Xerox
    18. Yahoo!


Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Barcelona Canvas on this collaborative Google document, or on Twitter using the hashtag #ecosystemcanvas. This is a perpetual work in progress, and it will be updated frequently, so we want your feedback!

Are you looking to start a company in Barcelona?  Then apply to the Barcelona Founder Institute today.

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