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Barcelona’s entrepreneur networks boosting its entrepreneurial ecosystem

December 15th, 2009

Are you aware of all the entrepreneurial organizations out there in your city?

Many entrepreneurs are aware of a few organizations in their cities but the majority has no idea which ones are really relevant for them and their business and how to find suitable ones which can provide good support.

Within the last years many initiatives haven been taken by the city of Barcelona to grow and make better accessible its entrepreneurial ecosystem. In November the “Barcelona Networking Day” for the first time created a macro-networking event with 255 members and representatives of the entrepreneurial community to present the city´s most active networking platforms for entrepreneurs.

The Barcelona Networking Day-organized by the governmental institution Barcelona Activa–enabled entrepreneurs to network face to face with entrepreneurs and the most active networks fostering entrepreneurialism and innovation of the city of Barcelona.

Around 8.000 entrepreneurs belonging to all sorts of different sectors (new technology, automotive, mobile communication, etc) attended the event. It’s been a great opportunity to establish contacts, collaborative ventures and sharing experiences of entrepreneurial adventures within the city.

These are the 19 currently most active entrepreneurial networks:

Started in 2004, 22@ is an initiative which actively supports and boosts the development of the District @22 transforming the area into a dynamic hub for technological Start-Ups and Businesses.

Associació Jovenes Empresaris de Catalunya
Created in 1958, AIJEC is a non-profit organization to support young entrepreneurs in Catalonia.

Barcelona Entrepreneurship City
Created in 2008, BCN Entrepreneurship City is a meta community for Entrepreneurs that have the common goal to make Barcelona the European Hub for Entrepreneurship. Members propose new ideas, in order to improve the infrastructure and services for Entrepreneurs in Barcelona. Check also the Facebook Group.

BCN Techworking
BCN Techworking is a community for entrepreneurs focused on the technological and innovation sector.

Cava & Twitts
Cava and Twitts is a monthly gathering to talk about Social Media topics which are related to the communication tool Twitter – how to use it and how to better understand its impact.

Circulo de Mujeres de Negocio
Círculo de Mujeres de Negocios is a non-for profit association with the aim to bring together professional women from the business world such as female entrepreneurs, directors, managers, freelancers and executives.

Entrepreneurs Network Barcelona
ENB enables you to mingle with fellow Barcelona based international entrepreneurs, to exchange ideas, contacts and advice on doing business in Catalonia.

Entrepreneurs Organization Spain
Founded in 1987, The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a dynamic, global network of more than 7.300 business owners in 42 countries. EO is a catalyst enabling entrepreneurs to grow and learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.

Federació d´Associacions de Joves Empresaris i Emprendedors de Catalunya
Objective of the FAJEEC is to help young entrepreneurs to learn and grow and to create synergies between other young Catalan entrepreneurs. JCI Catalunya – and other Catalan governmental institutions have formed the FAJEEC.

First Tuesday
First Tuesday is an independent Business Think Tank encouraging and supporting the creation of knowledge where business intersects policy, technology and innovation. There are First Tuesday forums in 18 countries with over 41.000 active members worldwide.

Gild International
Opened in 2008, Gild is a modern-day business club exclusively for members providing office space, hosting interesting events and offer personalised networking opportunities. Further clubs are planned for Madrid, Paris, London, New York, Shanghai and Dubai.

Iniciador Barcelona
Iniciador is a Spanish community of Entrepreneurs hosting conversations online and organizing regular meetings in all major  cities of Spain.

iWeekend is an intensive event that brings together a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to select an idea and work together on executing the idea — launching the first version of the product (usually a web application), all in one weekend.

Jove Cambra Internacional Barcelona
Inspired by JCI Junior Chamber International around 1.000 young entrepreneurs between 18 y 40 years of different sectors have joined the Catalan organization. Apart from grants there is active support provided by the Barcelona government and the Generalitat of Catalunya.

Onion is a cooperative association based on three pillars: knowledge/experience, contacts/networking and cooperation. Xarxa Onion helps PYMES developing key strategies to help them consolidate and grow their business.

Mobile Monday
Mobile Monday is a community of mobile professionals. The open community promotes the mobile industry and fosters cooperation and networking among industry people and their companies by providing opportunities for personal and virtual contacts.

Venturepreneurs Organization
Venturepreneurs are serial entrepreneurs who act as venture capitalists. They have their own entrepreneurial and venture capital experience and like to invest in new ventures in the seed stage. The organisation aims to be a European wide network in order to exchange valuable peer to peer experiences, create high quality deal flow, foster sector expertise and generate co-investment opportunities and business contacts.

Xarxactiva de´empreses
Barcelonanetactiva is a space created by Barcelona Activa, the Local Development Agency of the Barcelona City Council, which offers quality information and tools to entrepreneurs with business ideas, so they can start up and consolidate their businesses in Barcelona.