I’ve always enjoyed visting Barcelona. With friendly people, great restaurants, and beautiful beaches, what’s not to like.
Over the years with each visit I’ve noticed the local startup ecosystem steadily grow. With the 40-city Startupbootcamp 2013 Pitch Day tour landing in Barcelona yesterday I looked forward to again connecting with solid teams and mentors.
I’ll admit, we only reached out to our Barcelona network 3 weeks ago, and there was initially a slight ting of concern that we were too late in setting the event up.
Oh how wrong I was. Within 48 hours 20+ great mentors had signed up to attend and 40+ startup applications soon followed.
This was thanks to friends like Startupdigest Aldo from Claro Partners, TNW, and Jeff Robinson’s Barcelona Internet Startups group who were immensely enthusiastic about helping us connect with the community.
After all was said and done 11 teams pitched and the day ended up being a huge success. It shows a lot about where the Barcelona startup scene stands when the community supports an event like ours with such vigor. In fact, I would even say it compares to (if not exceeds) traditional hubs such as London and Berlin.
Sure, there could always be more entrepreneurs and investors willing to reinvest in the ecosystem. And optimally there would be greater links to the international community. But these are also strengths that Startupbootcamp can bring to a community.
With more and more entrepreneurs, incubator, angels, and events going on in Barcelona, the ingredients are there to build an incredible startup environment.
With the support we felt this week, Barcelona is at the top of my list for locations to form a new Startupbootcamp program.