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Entrepreneurship &
Clean tech in Barcelona

Oriol Pascual
oriol@enviu.org
@onsustain
M

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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

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•
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•

The first incubation program launched in 1989
Currently, Spain hosts 38 startup programs - most
launched af...
Catalonia

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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 Mobi...
Rise of the renewables

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•
•

1997-2013: Spain became a world leader in PV
and wind energy production
Of all Spanish pate...
Fall of the renewables

•
•

Today, Spain is an unattractive and risky market to
invest in renewables
Of the 50 factories ...
Challenges

Current clean tech challenges are not about
fundamental science:
• Complex financing & incentives
• Failure to ...
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...
Ecosystem
Government
programs

Trade Shows

Incubators

Startups
Clean tech
entrepreneurship
BARCELONA

Universities

Inve...
Clean tech Incubators

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•
•

KIC InnoEnergy
Fundación Repsol
Eco-Emprenedor XXI
Government programs

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•
•

Green Economy Plan
TECNIO/ACC10
Biocat
22@

•
•
•

Transformation of a neighbourhood
Private foundation managed the transition
After 10 year: +1500 (tech) compan...
Universities

•
•
•

UPC - Campus Energia
ESADE
IESE - Clean tech Venture Forum
Investment

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•
•
•

Business Angel Networks
Business School forums (ESADE -IESE)
Engineers’ fund
Keiretsu
Other Interesting players

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•
•
•

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 it...
To improve

•
•
•
•

Lack of ambition: local startups think small, a local win is
enough rather than conquer the world
Eng...
To improve

•
•
•
•

More success stories
Early stage funding clearly insufficient
Many players, but fragile ecosystem due ...
Final thoughts

•
•
•

Regulation can be an enabler or barrier for clean
tech to create a positive impact
Clean tech is ev...
Oriol Pascual
oriol@enviu.org
@onsustain
Contents
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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 w...
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
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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 improved.

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