23 November 2021 Tech Spirit Barcelona


Tech Spirit Barcelona successfully closes its second edition and consolidates itself as a benchmark event in the digital and technological sector

23 November 2021 Tech Spirit Barcelona

●  During these two days, the event has gathered more than 140 speakers around 70 conferences.

●  The discussions held during Tech Spirit Barcelona have focused on new startups, on how these companies apply new technological solutions, as well as on reviewing the evolution of key sectors such as health, fintech, edTech and legaltech, among others.

●  Tech Spirit Barcelona has also addressed the situation of Barcelona as a pole of international attraction for startups and corporations.

●  More than 5,000 people have registered to participate in the activities held at Llotja de Mar.

Tech Spirit Barcelona, the event organized by Tech Barcelona to mobilize and give visibility to the digital and technological ecosystem of Barcelona, has concluded its second edition with a great success of participation and attendance. More than 5,000 people have registered to attend the more than 70 presentations that have been held in the two days that the event has taken place.

Miguel Vicente, the president of Tech Barcelona, has celebrated the success of this edition: “We consider of great importance and very significant, for both Tech Barcelona and for all the actors in the ecosystem, the large number of people that have attended Tech Spirit as well as the very high level of speakers that have joined this edition”. Vicente added that “this accumulation of talent at Tech Spirit Barcelona is, without any doubt, the best representation of what Barcelona means as a digital and technological benchmark city in the European context and above all, of what it can be and what it should aspire to the city, that it is on its way to define the consolidation of its position as an international pole for innovation and entrepreneurship”.

The last day of Tech Spirit Barcelona has focused on different topics such as investment, corporate venturing and fintech companies. Lucas Carné, co- founder and co-CEO of 011h has discussed with Marc Coloma, CEO and co- founder of Heura, the importance of the purpose and the growing importance of the fight against climate change. Both speakers stated to be in favor of sustainable development and in the application of new technologies for companies’ development.

The IPO and new and alternative ways of financing have also starred in one of the round tables of the sector, in which Christian Rodríguez, Chairman of Mutter Ventures; Sisco Sapena, CEO of Lleida.net; Ernest Pérez Mas, CEO of Parlem Telecom and Marc Bigas, Co-Founder & Investor at Skitude have participated.

In the afternoon, Susana Pastor, IT Barcelona Hub Manager at Nestlé and Gaston Besanson, Global Head of Data Science at PepsiCo, have talked with Elisenda Vallejo, editor-in-chief of economics at La Vanguardia, about the important attributes that Barcelona offers to multinationals and that are promoting the establishment of important technology hubs in the city.

Besides, at CaixaBank Stage, a round table was held in which some of the latest successful startups -founded in Barcelona- presented the common elements and differences between them. The conference, moderated by Jordi Aguasca, Innovation Director at Generalitat De Catalunya, has had the participation of Alfonso Carnicero, co-founder and CEO of Able; Ruben Ferreiro, co-founder and co-CEO of YABA; Sergi Bastardas, co-CEO and founder of Colvin; Alejandro Martí, CEO and co-founder of Mitiga; and Carla Zaldúa, CEO and co-founder of acceXible.

On the Adevinta stage, Aquilino Peña, founder of Kibo Ventures; Javier Cebrián, General Partner of Bonsai Partners and Ignasi Fonts, CEO of Inveready Asset Management have spoken with Carlos Blanco, Co-Founder of Encomenda VC & Chairman of Nuclio, about the main investment trends in Spain. In addition, Francisco Polo, High Commissioner of Spain Entrepreneurial Nation of the Government of Spain, has had conversations with Nacho Mas, CEO Startup Valencia; Miguel Martín, representative for Spain and president of the SDGs Committee at the WBAIF; Idoia Iturbe, co-founder and director of Coben Group of the Basque Country.

On its final day, Tech Spirit Barcelona has also organized a VCs meeting, which has had the participation of important local, national and international investors.

Lastly, the event has concluded the day with a renowned round table in which the main topics about the history of local entrepreneurship have been reviewed. This round table, that has been moderated by Ignasi Costas, partner of DWF-RCD, has had the participation of Miguel Vicente, co-founder and co- CEO of Antai Venture Builder; Miguel Planas, CEO of IRIS; Judit Anido, Chief Executive Officer at CataloniaBio & HealthTech; Montserrat Vendrell, Alta Life Sciences Partner; Mar Galtés, journalist and author of “Barcelona Startup”;

Parallelly, ACCIO has also celebrated the Catalan Pitch Competition, whose award has been delivered to Nixi for Children. During the tournament, it has been highlighted that the objective of the institution is to achieve an ecosystem made up by 4.000 startups. Albert Castellanos, secretary for the Company and Competitiveness, has emphasized that the companies that have attended the Catalan Pitch Competition “are a demonstration of the talent we have in Catalonia, the richness of the ecosystem and its transversality”. The secretary for the Company and Competitiveness has also stated that the pandemic “has accelerated the rhythm we need to face a transformation based on digitalization and sustainability. It will also require continuing to bet on the startup ecosystem”. “A policy of innovation and transformation of the production model cannot be understood without the role of startups”, he stated.

The second edition of Tech Spirit Barcelona has concluded with a party held at the Llotja de Mar, which has been supported by Barcelona Activa / Ajuntament de Barcelona.