Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous region in north-east of Spain. With 1.6 million inhabitants, it is the largest city in the region and the second largest in Spain. Its metropolitan area of 4.8 million inhabitants is the fifth most populous in Europe. The city was significantly transformed after the 1992 Olympics, thanks to close collaboration between various local actors. Since then, it has become a hotspot for industrial design and the main hub for biotech in Spain. 

While it is seen as the region’s leader in innovation, the city faces challenges, having lagged behind in the face of advanced manufacturing and the rise of connected devices. The city aims to meet these challenges as new opportunities to reinforce its leading role in innovation. By encouraging the formation of FabLabs, a network of innovation hubs, the city is rapidly embracing new technologies and becoming a playground for testing, prototyping and shaping tomorrow’s industry. 

By building a dynamic innovation ecosystem, Barcelona aims to foster close collaboration between politicians, companies, academic institutions and residents to improve the city’s competitiveness. 

Barcelona was a mentor city in the DCC.

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  • Core
Molina de Segura
Molina de Segura
Spain
  • Core
Derry
Derry/Londonderry
UK
  • Core
Granada
Granada
Spain
  • Mentor
Phoenix
Greater Phoenix Connective
USA
  • Challenge
Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre
Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre
France
  • Core
Métropole Européenne de Lille
Métropole Européenne de Lille
France
  • Core
Alcoy
Alcoy
Spain
  • Core
Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Germany
  • Core
Cork
Cork
Ireland
  • Mentor
Espoo
Espoo, Tampere & Turku
Finland
  • Core
Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence
France
  • Core
Skellefteå
Skellefteå
Sweden