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Highlight Statistics

Invested in Barcelona Startups in 2019

Unicorns (Glovo & Letgo)

% Foreign-Born Founders

Startup Success Stories


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Glovo was founded in Barcelona in 2015 and became a unicorn in December 2019, with a valuation >1bn$. The startup is an on-demand courier service that purchases, picks up, and delivers products ordered through its mobile app in 26 countries. It was founded by Oscar Pierre (CEO) and Sacha Michaud.






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The fleamarket app Letgo was founded in Barcelona in 2015 by Alec Oxenford and Jordi Castello, quickly followed by co-founder Enrique Linares. With over 100M downloads and 400M listings, Letgo successfully reached the unicorn status and a valuation of 1.5bn $. The online marketplace for second hand goods has now offices in Barcelona and New York.







Typeform is a Barcelona-based online software as a service (SaaS) company that specializes in online form building and online surveys. It was founded in 2012 by Robert Muñoz and David Okuniev The company raised more than 47M€ since, with personalities such as Anthony Casalena (CEO of Squarespace) or Javier Olivan (Vice President of growth at Facebook) part of its investors.






ECOSYSTEM Data for Barcelona


Map of Startup Places

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Founder Opinions

Dan Shepherd

Director of Operations at Hubbub Labs

“Barcelona is a fascinating place and somewhere which I fell in love with instantly. It’s one of Europe’s most up-and-coming startup hubs and there are endless networking events and initiatives to support entrepreneurs from all over the world. However, starting a business here doesn’t come without its difficulties. Find out more in this blog post I wrote for OneCoWork – Barcelona’s best coworking space.–6-things-to-know-before-starting-a-business”

Toni Manzano

Co-Founder & R&D Director at Bigfinite

“Bigfinite is a startup born in San Francisco. When we arrived to BCN we found in the BCN Activa’s Landing Department the same feeling, efficiency and service spirit than we are used to manage in Silicon Valley. That’s a great flavour and a good start point for a start up.”

Manel Sort

General Manager at King Barcelona

“We had a great experience working with Barcelona Activa. I especially appreciate their responsiveness helping us setting up operations, from the legal procedures to the search of an office in the city.

Richard Calvo

Former CEO of Yababook accelerated by Wayra Barcelona

“As you already know Barcelona becomes one of the most important cities in Europe for innovation and entrepreneurship. In Barcelona there is a solid startup ecosystem that enables the collaboration among all its building block: startups, VCs, corporates, universities and public organizations. The talent attraction and retention is one of the key drivers as well as the entrance of international VCs we have here.”



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Monica Madrigal

Head of Business Landing Services at Barcelona Activa

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Local Contact

Barcelona Activa is the first entry point for any startup, investor or ecosystem builder wanting to connect to Barcelona’s startup scene. Find here their “Landing Services” to setup a company there.

Carrer de Roc Boronat, 117, 08018 Barcelona
+34 93 320 96 00

Learn More

In Barcelona’s ecosystem, the Business Support Office (OAE) of Barcelona Activa is the go-to place for companies and SMEs. It is the point of contact, information and advisory services for the development and competiveness of organisations.

Promoted by the Barcelona City Council through Barcelona Activa, the OAE seeks to support and improve the city’s economy and business fabric. It concentrates in a single location all the value added services a company needs to grow and provides an expert team to help organisations meet their needs in a comprehensive manner



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