Port Challenge Barcelona, committed to innovation and entrepreneurship
Innovation and technology use have become a competitive factor for the transport and logistics sector. The Port has launched Port Challenge Barcelona, a programme to support the creation of new technology-based businesses to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the Port Logistics Community.
This initiative aims to attract entrepreneurs and to create the conditions for developing innovative projects to help modernise the sector. Port Challenge Barcelona will provide the necessary logistics and port knowledge to help entrepreneurs to transform their business idea or fledgling company into a viable concern.
The Port is looking for innovative ideas that use new technologies to produce an impact on their business ecosystem. Of importance are the technological areas - Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, 3D Printing, Apps, augmented reality or self-driving vehicles - using open data administration and geolocation information, and business management projects focused on optimising logistics, transparency and customer service.
An innovative port
The Port of Barcelona is a pioneer in applying technology solutions in its various areas (commercial, logistics and citizens). The aim is to generate efficient services that provide competitiveness to the sector and value for its customers while ensuring that logistics and port activity grow sustainably. Barcelona, Spain's top port and one of the first in Europe to promote an initiative of this kind, is now also getting involved in developing and financing tools to respond to the demands and needs for modernisation and competitiveness of the local logistics sector.
Port Challenge Barcelona has been launched in collaboration with the Founder Institute Barcelona and involves the participation of Barcelona Tech City, Barcelona Activa, the Chamber of Commerce, the Catalan Government's CatalunyaEmprèn initiative and ESADE and IESE's business angels networks.
Founder Institute is an organisation based in Silicon Valley and has an international network of more than 4,000 mentors that help entrepreneurs to develop their businesses or projects. Founded in 2009, it has promoted more than 2,800 start-ups in 100 cities around the world. In Barcelona, where it began operating in 2012, it has already held five editions of the programme and has graduated 30 companies.