Clean tech & Entrepreneurship in Barcelona
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Clean tech & Entrepreneurship in Barcelona



The clean tech ecosystem in Barcelona is small, but solid. New models of clean tech use IT as a key elements (cleanweb). Here some insights about its players, what works, and what needs to be ...

The clean tech ecosystem in Barcelona is small, but solid. New models of clean tech use IT as a key elements (cleanweb). Here some insights about its players, what works, and what needs to be improved.



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    • Entrepreneurship & Clean tech in Barcelona Oriol Pascual @onsustain
    • M ! H T Y US has MORE support programs to early-stage entrepreneurs than the EU
    • Accumulated number of incubators in top 10 EU countries by GDP
    • Spain • • • • The first incubation program launched in 1989 Currently, Spain hosts 38 startup programs - most launched after 2010 Ticket size: between 20-60K Average equity share across accelerators: 8-14%
    • Catalonia • • 7 m. inhabitants - Barcelona: 5.1 m Catalonia produces 1% of the world’s scientific output
    • Barcelona 9 accelerators/incubators in Barcelona Barcelona, leads in clean tech sub-categories: • Smart City • World Mobile Capital • Large “sharing economy” community
    • Rise of the renewables • • • 1997-2013: Spain became a world leader in PV and wind energy production Of all Spanish patents, 43,6% are related to solar Spain is the 5th country in the world in number of patents in renewables, after US, Japan, Germany & UK
    • Fall of the renewables • • Today, Spain is an unattractive and risky market to invest in renewables Of the 50 factories PV silica and related in 2011, only 10% remain open today, with a focus in inverters and exports photo by treedork
    • Challenges Current clean tech challenges are not about fundamental science: • Complex financing & incentives • Failure to communicate to consumers • Poor sales channels
    • Cleanweb Efficiency CLEAN TECH INTERNET OF THINGS Data & networks COLLABORATIVE ! CONSUMPTION Market re-structuring
    • SunPower Connecting small investors with high-quality renewable energy projects
    • Opower Using behavioural science to change consumption patterns
    • The Barcelona entrepreneur Barcelona Silicon Valley 33.29 34.12 5% / 95% 10% / 90% Education (dropout vs. master+PhD) 1 : 10 1 : 2.5 Serial entrepreneur 41% 56% % non-technical founding teams 12% 16% Customer (B2B vs B2C) 5:2 2:1 Working hours per day 8.25 9.95 Age Gender (F/M) Source: Telefonica
    • Ecosystem Government programs Trade Shows Incubators Startups Clean tech entrepreneurship BARCELONA Universities Investors Dedicated Spaces
    • Clean tech Incubators • • • KIC InnoEnergy Fundación Repsol Eco-Emprenedor XXI
    • Government programs • • • Green Economy Plan TECNIO/ACC10 Biocat
    • 22@ • • • Transformation of a neighbourhood Private foundation managed the transition After 10 year: +1500 (tech) companies
    • Universities • • • UPC - Campus Energia ESADE IESE - Clean tech Venture Forum
    • Investment • • • • Business Angel Networks Business School forums (ESADE -IESE) Engineers’ fund Keiretsu
    • Other Interesting players • • • • Sant Pau Regional Centre for Cleaner Production Barcelona Lab IAAC + Valldaura
    • Trade shows • • • EV Symposium Smart City Expo Mobile World Congress
    • Clean tech Startups
    • Smart Citizen Environmental data monitoring board & community
    • Enerbyte Using behavioural science to change consumption patterns
    • Urbiotica Smart City solutions
    • BNstar Smart water & energy consumption
    • Volta BCN Electric motorbike made in BCN
    • What works • • • • • Barcelona attracts international talent, and retains local due to the attractiveness of the city itself Barcelona is Mobile World Capital Proactive local government; “business friendly” Bottom-up entrepreneurial community Catalonia produces 1% of all research in the world but does’t have a direct translation in valorisation of this science
    • To improve • • • • Lack of ambition: local startups think small, a local win is enough rather than conquer the world English is not yet common language amongst all society To fund a limited company is expensive and bureaucratic Need for more “learning by doing” education, rather than fact-based education
    • To improve • • • • More success stories Early stage funding clearly insufficient Many players, but fragile ecosystem due to insufficient funding resources Not enough projects with high growth potential
    • Final thoughts • • • Regulation can be an enabler or barrier for clean tech to create a positive impact Clean tech is evolving towards new forms that have IT as central element Barcelona has the ingredients to become a reference in clean tech for the south of Europe and the Mediterranean
    • Oriol Pascual @onsustain
    • Contents • Context • Clean tech in Spain • BCN ecosystem • What works & what to improve
    • Brief history of clean tech in Spain
    • Rise of the renewables • • Period 1997 - 2013 represents a high point on renewable energy installations Spain became a world leader in PV and wind energy production
    • MetroMile Unlocks car data to take out the hassle and expense out of driving. Pay-per-mile insurance
    • Smalle Technologies Kinetic energy harvesting applied to maritime solutions