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Pier01: Barcelona Tech City’s innovation hub

Catalan president Quim Torra visited the innovative spot on Monday

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26 November 2018 07:09 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Barcelona has long sought to position itself at the forefront of the tech and startup world; so much so, that there are spaces in the city dedicated to this burgeoning industry: welcome to Pier01, of Barcelona Tech City.

The Catalan president Quim Torra visited the building on Monday and was given a tour by the president of Barcelona Tech City Miguel Vicente and general director Miquel Martí. Other ministers such as those for business, Àngels Chacón, and digital policies, Jordi Puigneró also accompanied the head of government on the visit.  

Barcelona Tech City is a private non-profit organization, a space for “all Barcelona-based members of the local and global technology ecosystem,” as stated by its website. Currently representing over 700 business, it works with entrepreneurs, start-ups, investors, incubators, business schools, media enterprises, government agencies and more.

The group defines its mission as positioning Barcelona “among the most important tech hubs in the world,” and it opened the Pier01 project over two years ago to this end. The project, housed in the Palau del Mar building by the beach,  hosts some 1,000 employees for around a hundred companies have access to not only working spaces but activities like workshops, tech breakfasts, even parties during the Barcelona Mobile Week and the summer season. 

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  • Catalan president Quim Torra and business minister Àngels Chacon during their meeting at Pier01 on November 26 2018 (by Andrea Zamorano)

  • Catalan president Quim Torra and business minister Àngels Chacon during their meeting at Pier01 on November 26 2018 (by Andrea Zamorano)