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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

  • 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
  • Education

TRL Focus

  • 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
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated

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.

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:

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:


Organizational form

Governmental agency



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Regional funding
  • European Regional Development Fund


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

  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)

H2020 Projects

  • SmartEEs
    SMART Emerging Electronics Servicing DIH
    SMART Emerging Electronics Servicing DIH

    The market for organic & printed electronic products is growing at a high level (BUS$ 23-24 in 2014) with predicted annual growth rates of 20 % in all fields. Although the use of OLAE in products is still limited and only have been commercialized by large corporates, the number and type of products has grown significantly. These emerging markets are a huge opportunity for the EU industry. But EU small & mid-size companies have had only a limited access to technologies and often lack the capabilities needed to benefit from OLAE. These include the ability to fully understand the technological implications and the related business implications. They need support in the translation of the OLAE technologies into innovative products, assessing potential markets, finding investors, developing new business models and creating the right partnerships to optimally benefit from OLAE opportunities.
    SMARTEES will be the Digital Innovation Hub dedicated to OLAE, an organized European innovation network that provides both access to competencies and business support for innovation adoption. SMARTEES will help the European industry to create a competitive advantage within the global economy by providing access to disruptive OLAE technologies and innovation support in a pragmatic, operative and efficient pan-European manner.
    A 1-Stop-Shop will be set to establish a collaborative environment and to provide wider access to the technology at the same time as coordinating the bespoke services and efficiently and effectively linking them together. 20 Application Experiments will be conducted to explore the technology transfer into business, organization of cooperation, access to finance, services to be provided and act as showcases to raise awareness and activate potential users. The established eco-system will be harnessed by the consortium to propel the continuity of the initiative beyond SMARTEES. This will include the formulation of a comprehensive business plan as a strategic outcome.
  • DIH²
    A Pan‐European Network of Robotics DIHs for Agile Production
    A Pan‐European Network of Robotics DIHs for Agile Production

    DIH^2 is a network of 26 DIHs, with a target to reach over 170 DIHs. The sole aim of the network is to spark incremental (cut 50% cost of advance robotics solutions, double the growth of robotics market) and disruptive (maximum productivity & optimum agility) innovations in over 300,000 Manufacturing SMEs and Mid-Caps. It will support SMEs in their Agile Production challenge (50% increase in productivity) and unleash their digitalization potential by enabling robot solutions that are more cost effective at lower lot sizes.

    DIH^2 relies on:
    • A Common Open Platform Reference Architecture for Agile Production (COPRA-AP) -based on Industrial Data Space Reference Architecture Model and FIWARE technologies- to serve the needs of SMEs by means of a continuously growing set of Robotic-based Open Standard Enablers (ROSE-AP).
    • A marketplace as one-stop-shop for SMEs to access essential services for digital transformation including business modelling, technical support, access to skills and finance.
    • 2 competitive Open Calls to launch an ambitious Technology Transfer Program with 260 Agility Audits, 26 cross-border Technology Transfer Experiments and 26 ROSE-AP, leveraging over 26M€ of public & private funding in advance robotics solutions for Agile Production.
    • Members deeply rooted in their regional Smart Specialization Strategy (bringing €5M additional funding on top of EU funds), ensuring ‘working distance’ services for every SME in Europe - whichever the sector, wherever the location, whatever the size.
    • A Corporate Sponsorship Program from equipment and automation suppliers committed with the network to get access to wider market and latest research in robotics.

    DIH^2 will transform this network into a self-sustainable non-profit association with members all over Europe. DIH^2  will demonstrate that public funded research can help SMEs & Mid-Caps achieve digital excellence and global competitiveness through adopting advanced robotics solutions in Agile Production.
    Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics
    Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics

    DIH-HERO (Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics) will establish a broad-based pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs specialising in Healthcare Robotics. The network will focus on developing services that join business and healthcare stakeholders in developing innovative products and services for the healthcare market. DIH-HERO will develop channels between healthcare and technology providers that reduce barriers to adoption and which develop strong mutual understanding between robotics technology innovators and healthcare professionals. DIH-HERO will operate throughout the healthcare "pathway" that connects Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care as well as covering all aspects of hospital logistics and clinical services. It will also focus on home and care-based robotics addressing healthy aging and elderly care. The DIH-HERO consortium brings together a comprehensive network of partners reaching north, south, east and west across the European regions. The partners bring with them connection to their own regional networks and extensive expertise in healthcare innovation that ranges from surgical intervention to care at home. Each Hub partner delivers both technical and medical expertise to the consortium through their pre-existing operational relationships with hospitals and healthcare facilities. They couple in-built expertise in business development, access to finance and innovation to robotics technology and healthcare expertise in a network of hubs that will connect and stimulate robotics innovation in all aspects of healthcare. DIH-HERO is built on concrete plans to sustain the network beyond the time span of the project and to provide a long term network for innovators in healthcare. The network of Digital Innovation Hubs created and supported by DIH-HERO will ensure that robotics innovation in healthcare is accelerated, that SME can develop global reach and that the advantages of robotics based healthcare can be propagated across Europe.
  • agROBOfood
    agROBOfood: Business-Oriented Support to the European Robotics and Agri-food Sector, towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics
    agROBOfood: Business-Oriented Support to the European Robotics and Agri-food Sector, towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics

    agROBOfood is dedicated to accelerate the digital transformation of the European agri-food sector through the adoption of robotic technologies. It will consolidate, extend and strengthen the current ecosystem by establishing a sustainable network of DIHs. This will boost the uptake of robotic solutions by the agri-food sector: a huge challenge requiring an inclusive approach involving all relevant European players. The agROBOfood consortium has 39 partners, led by Wageningen University & Research and other core partners of previous key projects such as IoF2020, ROBOTT-NET, PicknPack and I4MS, to leverage the ecosystem that was established in those projects. The heart of the project is formed by Innovation Experiments (IEs), organized and monitored by the DIHs. In each of the 7 Regional Clusters, an initial IE will demonstrate the robotics innovations in agri-food in a manner that ensures replicability across Europe, wide adoption and sustainability of the DIHs network. agROBOfood will work in lockstep with the European robotics community, ensuring synergetic effects with initiatives such as EU-Robotics. This will maximize the return of European, including private capital, investments in the digital transformation of agri-food. A key instrument to achieve this objective is the Industrial Advisory Board. They will provide strategic guidance and also define priorities for the selection of solutions to be funded. Open Calls of 8MEUR will attract additional Innovation Experiments (12) and Industrial Challenges (8). These will expand the network and ensure that vast technological developments and emerging challenges of the agri-food sector are incorporated in the service portfolio of DIHs. Through its inclusive structure and ambitious targets, agROBOfood aims to bring the entire European ecosystem together; connecting the dots in a way that ensures effective adoption of robotics technologies in the European agri-food sector.
  • SmartEEs2

    Despite significant recent progress made by the EU industry, the level of digitalisation of industry remains uneven, depending on the sector, country and company size. Facing at the same time a scattered landscape of Research, Industry and Institutional stakeholders, the efficient adoption and transformation of enabling technologies into business visions & concrete market cases remain limited. This slow diffusion of digital technologies poses a risk to the EU’s ability to compete in the global economy. This is particularly true for Organic Large Area Electronics (OLAE) enabling technologies whose industry made significant progress recently and has established itself as a competitive growth industry. Despite proving that more and more products have matured onto the global market, the actual diffusion and efficient adoption of OLAE technologies remain limited. Underlying reasons and key challenges are identified (cost, processes, encapsulation, scalability, yield, standards & regulations), for which major breakthroughs are needed on use, production and cost rather than on basic technology, which reflects the growing market orientation of OLAE. To address both market & technology specific challenges, SmartEEs2 will be key role to link technology promises with real use/business cases. These cases will be implemented through a unique digitalisation experience providing experimentation, testing or support to manufacturing. SmartEEs2 will capitalize upon SmartEEs’ strong technological OLAE platform and focuss on the uptake of Flexible & Wearable Electronics enabling use cases, where OLAE can valorize its uniqueness (flexibility, conformability) and its promises for solutions in the fast growing business of wearables and Internet of Everything. SmartEEs2 will orchestrate a pan-EU collaboration network of Regional DIHs promoting the best quality level of digitalisation experience, hence boosting the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall OLAE European inDIH on Area3
Last updated: 04/09/18 14:26