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Contact Data

Coordinator (Economic development agency)

Barcelona Activa SA SPM

Coordinator website

Year Established



Marie Curie, 8-12 08042 Barcelona, 08018, Barcelona (Spain)


Contact information

Claudia Garcia



Barcelona Activa is the local economic development agency of the Barcelona City Council. It's mission to promote economic policies and local development to ensure a better quality of life for citizens by promoting employment, encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting companies and fostering innovation. Our principles are proximity to neighbourhoods, a plural economy and citizen empowerment.

Barcelona Activa’s Technology Park is a space for innovation and technology aimed at SMEs in the city, especially those companies that develop their own products in the technological and industrial field. Through different services and infrastructures that the Technology Park puts at the disposal of companies, the equipment contributes to facilitate the coexistence, development and transfer of technology and knowledge.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Barcelona Activa has a specific focus on Industry 4.0 because this transformation is expected to have an impact on productive and organizational processes within companies, as well as on thir labor force. SME's face special difficulties in their innovation processes and for this reason there is a specific need to develop policy instruments addressed to maximize the positive impact of this transformation on SME's competitiveness. This issue is linked and contributes directly to achieve the objectives set at the RIS3CAT (Catalan RIS3).
Within the ERDF Regional Operational Programme Cataluña 2014-2020 and the RIS3CAT, Barcelona Activa will implement new services for the development of industry 4.0 in the city, which will contribute to the RIS3CAT strategic objectives of: forstering the competitiveness of the business tissue through the improvement of the efficiency of productive processes, internationalization and reorientation of consolidated sectors to added-value activities; fostering new emerging economic activities; increase the percentatge of comapnies that innovate; increase the number of start-ups.


Government Measure (Barcelona City Council)


Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Education
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Cibernàrium's Digital Manufacturing education

Description of client profile and needs:

SMEs, professionals and citizens that would like to learn more about Digital Manufacturing.

Provided solution:

Barcelona Activa's Cibernàrium offers technological education for professionals and business, as well as Internet initiation activities to Barcelona citizens.

The sessions on topics related to Digital Manufacturing take place in Barcelona Activa's Technology Park, as they are linked to the rest of the services provided.

For 2018, the courses offered are the following:

  • Arduino for beginners
  • Advanced development with Arduino
  • Move forward your electronic prototype done with Arduino: Design of Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) with KiCad
  • Introduction to modelling and 3D printing for proffessionals and SMEs
  • Introduction to Rapsbery Pi
  • Introduction to laser cutting: basic concepts, vector design and practices

More details:

Linking industrial companies to the Tech Park

Description of client profile and needs:
Industrial companies searching for new partners in innovation.

Provided solution:
Linking industrial companies to the Technology Park: Barcelona Activa, from the Department of Business Services, works constantly to create relationships and open innovation networks between companies located in the industrial areas of the city of Barcelona and the 50 innovative and technological companies located in the Technology Park.

Barcelona Indústria Urbana

Description of client profile and needs: 
The Barcelona Urban Industry program is aimed at industrial SMEs in the process of strategic technological change.

Provided solutions:
“Barcelona Indústria Urbana" program: This program is made up of thematic workshops to improve efficiency and business competitiveness in companies related to industry. 
They are highly specialized workshops, taught by experts in the field and designed for managers responsible for changes in their industries. 
Participating companies may decide to participate in all or just some of the workshops, according to their interests and needs. 
In 2017, 50 companies from the industrial field participated in the "Barcelona Indústria Urbana" program.

More details:

Business prototype support service

Description of client profile and needs:
SMEs in need for a prototyping space with tools, machinery and specialised services.

Provided solution:
Business prototype support service: Barcelona Activa offers a service to promote innovation in the city's SMEs, providing them with space and a service with new technologies and methodologies to accelerate the design and development of their products and their launch to market. The new service, therefore, intends to create a space with its own methodology to accompany companies to perform a prototype in the industrial field in order to test their suitability and viability. The companies that benefit from the service will have the possibility of having spaces to work on the creation of new products or make changes to their existing products.

More details:


Organizational form

Governmental agency



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • European Regional Development Fund
  • Regional funding


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)



Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


ACCIÓ-Agència per la Competitivitat de l'Empresa (Generalitat de Catalunya)

Partner Type

National government


IASP International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization




Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Barcelona City Council

Partner Type

Regional government


Barcelona Digital City /Xarxa d'Ateneus de Fabricació

Partner Type

Regional government


Fundació Privada Centre CIM

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Technological competences

  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
Last updated: 04/09/18 14:26