Barcelona is a city with great benefits for entrepreneurs. There’s access to many venture builders, accelerators and incubators programs, which are key for early stage startups reach their goals.

A venture builder is not a venture capital firm. Venture builders develop, launch and scale businesses that gradually operate as independent entities.

A venture builder has business ideas, looks for talent to build the right team and investments to create a new company.

Itnig is a venture builder, we built our own startups and now we also invest in other’s ideas and projects to help them grow. Any entrepreneur starting their own project and looking for financial support can apply to our fund.

On the other hand, both incubators and accelerators help entrepreneurs to quickly grow their business and attract a top venture capital to invest.

However, it’s very important to understand that accelerators and incubators are NOT the same thing. While accelerators focus on scaling a business, incubators are often more focused on innovation. 

The goal of the accelerator is to help a startup do roughly two years of business building in just a few months. Early stage startups usually get a small seed investment, and access to a large mentorship network, in exchange for a small amount of equity.

Accelerators normally have a set timeframe in which individual companies spend working with a group of mentors. The mentor-network is composed of startup executives, venture capitalists, experts, and other external investors.

At the end of an accelerator program, the startups pitch their product/service to investors and hopefully the project is mature enough to take off. 

Startup incubators begin with companies or single entrepreneurs that may be earlier in the process and they do not operate on a set schedule. There are some independent incubators, as well as sponsored or run by VC firms, angel investors, government entities, and big corporations.

An incubator can focus on a specific market. Generally, startups relocate to work with other companies in the incubator. During the program, the startup will refine its idea and business plan. 

Incubators are startup ecosystems, which usually mean they share space in a co-working environment and community.

Here is a list of Barcelona’s venture builders, accelerators and incubators:

Venture builders:

Antai Venture Builder: is focused on E-Commerce, OnDemand, Digital Native Vertical Brands, Marketplace and SAAS projects. They have helped the rise of startups such as Wallapop, Deliberry and BePretty.

BIBA VENTURE PARTNERS: they help companies develop their ideas, find solutions and strategies to enter the market.

Napptilus: Napptilus is venture builder formed by a group of business, it has more than 15 years of experience in the technological sectors.

Nuclio: a Venture Builder developing and building startups from business ideas to a real company. For more information about this venture builder and about the founder Carlos Blanco: you can take a look at our podcast.

Incubators:

Atipics: is focused on the development of the projects of young entrepreneurs, helping them develop their ideas, grow an understanding of their market and understand the needs of their target market.

GameBCN: is an incubation program focused on the gaming industry, offering the necessary mentoring and training to entrepreneurs to help them develop their production pipeline and allow them to be successful in the gaming industry.

LaSalle Technova: LaSalle Technova is one of the most important incubators in Europe focused on innovate technologies.

Demium Startups: Startup Incubator with offices in Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga and Valencia. Demium helps people put together their ‘dream team’ and develop ideas from scratch in only 3 days.

To find out more about Demium, take a look at this podcast episode; where we discuss with Jorge Dobón about the development of a high-scale incubator.

Accelerators:

Blockchain.Space: Accelerator specialized on the development of disruptive and technological solutions; solving real solutions with the technology of blockchain.

Ship2B: Startup accelerator promoting entrepreneurship and the positive social impact

StartupBootcamp: Startup Bootcamp is proposing an intensive 3-months acceleration program in Barcelona focused on the IoT and Data.

BStartup: a program created by Banca Sabadell promoting entrepreneurship, collaborative innovation and development of solutions.

Founder Institute: Founder Institute is the World’s premier pre-seed accelerator having helped launch over 3,500 companies. It was founded in 2009, by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan.

IMPACT: Considered the World’s most emerging accelerator; put together by the top accelerators, VCs and global brands. IMPACT has participated in projects such as 8fit, GlampingHub and Situm.

SPIRE BIO VENTURE: Spire Bio Venture is a startup accelerator focused on the development of projects in all areas of the life science startup lifecycle.

Conector: They are focused on the development of startups from the seed funding stage. The representant of Conector is successful entrepreneurs with a wide portfolio of contact in any industry.

We have interviewed Carlos Blanco, one of the mentors of Conector; for our podcast Startup Inside Stories: take a look here.

Other hubs:

BarcelonaTech City: is aiming to make Barcelona one of the most powerful technological hubs. It’s promoting tech projects, helping develop ideas and solutions within the tech industries.

CAEC: Catalunya’s Business Association of Entrepreneurship.

IQS Tech Factory: IQS Tech Factory provides advice and support to Tech Ventures and entrepreneurs specialised in the technology industries.

Reimagine Food: Connecting entrepreneurs, investors, startups and the existing technologies to reinvent the future of the food industries.

SeedRocket4FounderCapital: SeedRocket offers startup a common space where entrepreneurs can blend knowledge, ideas and grow together.

So, entrepreneur, there are millions of opportunities out there. No excuses!

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Essential Podcasts for Entrepreneurs & Tech Lovers

Podcasts are a great way to discover new subjects and new people. Whether you are a tech lover or an entrepreneur, bellow you will discover podcasts for entrepreneurs you should – without a doubt – listen to. 

Itnig Podcast with César Migueláñez, Bernat Farrero and Carlos Pierre
Itnig Podcast with César Migueláñez, Bernat Farrero and Carlos Pierre

« Masters of Scale » 

with Reid Hoffman

The host: Reid Hoffman decides to turn to the corporate world instead of pursuing a university carrier. He worked for Apple, Fujitsu for then starting his own business: SocialNet and left it in 2000 to join Confinity. Confinity gives life to Paypal after fusionning. Finally, in 2003, Hoffman co-founds LinkedIn. He is Master of Scale’s host. 

About: The podcast welcomes some of the greatest entrepreneurs. You will discover throughout the talk how they managed to take their companies from 0 to a lot of zeros. You can listen to Masters of Scale’s special guests like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Selina Tobaccowalla (Evite), Brian Chesky (Airbnb) or Nancy Lublin (Crisis Text Line). Must-hear: one of the top tech podcasts for entrepreneurs.

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Youtube

The Team: Reid Hoffman, June Cohen, Deron Triff and Jai Punjabi

« Rocket » 

with Christina Warren, Simone de Rochefort and Brianna Wu

The hosts: Christina Warren started as a Freelance Writer. Then, she worked at Mashable as a Senior Tech Analyst and Tech Correspondent and ended the journey at Microsoft as a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate. About Simone de Rochefort, she is  Senior Video Producer and co-host of The Polygon Show. Brianna Wu founded her first startup at the age of 19, Giant Spacekat. She was Head of Development at the time. She is now running for US Congress. 

About: In this podcast, you will discover three passionate women and their “geek conversation” as they like to call it.  No guest speakers, but you will be able to listen to a panel of tech subjects from Apple to Comics, you will not be disappointed. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Spotify and Castro

« This week in Startups »

with Jason Calacanis

The host: Jason Calacanis starts as an internet industry journalist in New-York. In 2003, he co-founded Weblogs, Inc and then a few years later he joined Sequoia Capital, launched the web directory Mahalo. He also founded ThisWeekIn.com. Furthermore, he created This Week in Startups podcast and a startup named Inside.com. Finally, he was part of the creation of the Sydney Launch Festival. 

About: Either you are looking to start your own company, or you are a successful entrepreneur, or you just love technology, this podcast will give you a peek to the entrepreneurship world. You will hear stories of all kinds! On his website, you will also find his events and some research on transportation, healthcare and more. This is one is part of the tech podcasts for entrepreneurs not to be missed.

Listen to the podcast: Apple Podcasts, Youtube, SoundCloud and RSS Feed

You can also subscribe to their newsletter in order to receive episodes directly. 

The Team: Jason Calacanis, Jacqui Deegan, and Tony Agapiou

« Recode / Decode » 

with Kara Swisher

The host: Kara Swisher is an American journalist specialized in the technology industry. She first started to work for an alternative newspaper in Washington for then working for the Washington Post. She wrote articles for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and wrote her own books. Finally, in 2014, she created Recode, a website dedicated to the latest technology news. In 2015, she initiates Recode Decode. 

About: The weekly podcast welcomes tech experts and great entrepreneurs. They review how they got there, what’s on their mind about the current industry and what they would improve or create. Her recent guests were Elon Musk (Tesla CEO), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg. 

Listen to the podcast: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn

« K Fund PodKast »

with Jaime Novoa

The host: Jaime Novoa’s background is quite diverse. He is a writer and an investor, but he also worked in data analysis and social media analysis. In 2014, he founded Novobrief, a newsletter for startups. Then, in 2016, he becomes an investor at K Fund and he founds, in 2019, Dealflow, a weekly tech newsletter. 

About: The podcast discusses startups, entrepreneurs and Venture Capital. You will discover enterprises and their story. From data science, unicorns or digital platforms, you sure will find more than one interesting podcast. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website and Soundcloud

« Clockwise »

with Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent

The hosts: Dan Moren is an active author and writer as well as podcaster. He was a Senior Editor at Macworld. Today, he hosts two podcast shows: Clockwise and The Rebound. As for Mikah Sargent, he started as a Website Designer and Developer for then switching as a Senior Editor at Newsy. He now hosts few podcasts such as Clockwise on Replay FM or on TWiT.tv. 

About: The weekly podcast discusses technology and welcomes each time 2 special guests. For 30 minutes, they address 4 topics where all four speakers get to elaborate on the matter, highlight the issues and expose their thoughts. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Spotify and Castro

« Itnig Podcast»

with Bernat Farrero

The host: Bernat Farrero starts his career as a Developer. In 2009, he founded Itnig, a startup ecosystem that organizes entrepreneurship events. They also have a coworking for startups, a podcast and a fund for early-stage projects. Furthermore, he is a Founder of Factorial, Quipu and Camaloon. He is also a Board Member of Playfullbet, GymForLess and Parkimeter. Finally, he hosts Itnig’s weekly Podcast. 

About: The podcast welcomes every week a new guest. If you wish to learn from successful entrepreneurs, you are on the right platform. The discussions turn around Technology and its industry. You will come across guests like Carlos Pierre (Badi), Vincent Rosso (BlaBlaCar) or Oscar Pierre (Glovo).

Listen to the podcast: Youtube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Ivoox, and Google Podcasts

You can subscribe to their newsletter if you want to receive the podcast’s link every Monday. 

Whether you are at an early stage of your project, an investor or you are just curious, these podcasts for entrepreneurs give you the opportunity to be updated on tech and business news. Also, you get to learn from successful international entrepreneurs, which can definitely be very useful for your business.