Barcelona Tech City and Esade agree to create a new 'Pier'

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Barcelona Tech City continues its expansion process based on thematic venues with an eye on creating a “Technological urban campus & rdquor; In the Catalan capital. The business association and Esade They have agreed to expand their collaboration – both entities have been 'global partners' for 5 years – and the main consequence will be the creation of a new 'Pier', in this case focused on the technology applied to education.

The most immediate result of this agreement will be that Esade will multiply its presence in the spaces that Barcelona Tech City already has operational through events and conferences and will offer its training catalog to entrepreneurs linked to the business association. However, the pact goes further, and provides that in the medium term the so-called EdTech Hub, a physical space where they will concentrate start-ups that develop education digitalization projects.

“Many entrepreneurs start a start-up thanks to their technical knowledge, but when their company grows they need to be trained in other areas such as finance, sales or leadership. In this type of training, Esade is a reference & rdquor ;, ensures Miquel Martí, CEO of Barcelona Tech City. On the other hand, the Esade corporate director, Julio Villalobos, ensures that the creation of the EdTech Hub is the logical step in the digitalization process that the business school is following. “We have adapted our internal processes and our training offer to the digital world to be more efficient and competitive. Now, with the creation of this hub, we will be able to attract emerging companies to our orbit that will allow us to continue with our digitalization.

"Urban Technology Campus"

Barcelona Tech City moved to the Palau de Mar in 2016 and installed in this enclave of Barceloneta its headquarters, the Pier01. Then, the business association has opted to expand and create a network of thematic buildings that configure an 'urban technology campus'. "We are studying several new sites and in one of them we would like the EdTech Hub to be installed," says Miquel Martí.

The 'urban technology campus' of Barcelona Tech City has begun to take shape in 2019. At the beginning of this year the business association led by Martí signed an agreement with Peninsula, the business incubator located in the old Meridina Canodrome, to jointly develop projects related to the video game world. Last May the Pier03, another initiative of Barcelona Tech City that aims to promote the 'blockchain '. Currently, this site, located in the Els Porxos d'en Xifré building, is occupied by 8 companies and organizations specializing in blockchain technology, as well as companies from other sectors such as Viko and Tiendeo.

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