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Clean tech & Entrepreneurship in Barcelona

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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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  • 1. Entrepreneurship & Clean tech in Barcelona Oriol Pascual oriol@enviu.org @onsustain
  • 2. M ! H T Y US has MORE support programs to early-stage entrepreneurs than the EU
  • 3. Accumulated number of incubators in top 10 EU countries by GDP
  • 4. 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%
  • 5. Catalonia • • 7 m. inhabitants - Barcelona: 5.1 m Catalonia produces 1% of the world’s scientific output
  • 6. Barcelona 9 accelerators/incubators in Barcelona Barcelona, leads in clean tech sub-categories: • Smart City • World Mobile Capital • Large “sharing economy” community
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Challenges Current clean tech challenges are not about fundamental science: • Complex financing & incentives • Failure to communicate to consumers • Poor sales channels
  • 10. Cleanweb Efficiency CLEAN TECH INTERNET OF THINGS Data & networks COLLABORATIVE ! CONSUMPTION Market re-structuring
  • 11. SunPower Connecting small investors with high-quality renewable energy projects
  • 12. Opower Using behavioural science to change consumption patterns
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Ecosystem Government programs Trade Shows Incubators Startups Clean tech entrepreneurship BARCELONA Universities Investors Dedicated Spaces
  • 15. Clean tech Incubators • • • KIC InnoEnergy Fundación Repsol Eco-Emprenedor XXI
  • 16. Government programs • • • Green Economy Plan TECNIO/ACC10 Biocat
  • 17. 22@ • • • Transformation of a neighbourhood Private foundation managed the transition After 10 year: +1500 (tech) companies
  • 18. Universities • • • UPC - Campus Energia ESADE IESE - Clean tech Venture Forum
  • 19. Investment • • • • Business Angel Networks Business School forums (ESADE -IESE) Engineers’ fund Keiretsu
  • 20. Other Interesting players • • • • Sant Pau Regional Centre for Cleaner Production Barcelona Lab IAAC + Valldaura
  • 21. Trade shows • • • EV Symposium Smart City Expo Mobile World Congress
  • 22. Clean tech Startups
  • 23. Smart Citizen Environmental data monitoring board & community
  • 24. Enerbyte Using behavioural science to change consumption patterns
  • 25. Urbiotica Smart City solutions
  • 26. BNstar Smart water & energy consumption
  • 27. Volta BCN Electric motorbike made in BCN
  • 28. 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
  • 29. 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
  • 30. 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
  • 31. 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
  • 32. Oriol Pascual oriol@enviu.org @onsustain
  • 33. Contents • Context • Clean tech in Spain • BCN ecosystem • What works & what to improve
  • 34. Brief history of clean tech in Spain
  • 35. 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
  • 36. MetroMile Unlocks car data to take out the hassle and expense out of driving. Pay-per-mile insurance
  • 37. Smalle Technologies Kinetic energy harvesting applied to maritime solutions