At a ceremony in Barcelona yesterday, the Barcelona City Council formalised the board members for the new Barcelona Innovation Coast initiative, which will include BIST President Andreu Mas-Colell. Àlex Gonzalez attended the event, in representation of BIST.
The Barcelona City Council first presented the new Barcelona Innovation Coast (BIC) initiative, which aims to promote innovation and attract talent, in April of this year. The initiative’s board members, which include BIST President Andreu-Mas Colell, were finalised at an event in Barcelona yesterday.
The BIC initiative is a new public-private platform that aims to foster urban innovation in the coastal area of the city, helping diversify the economy and generate jobs. Four strategic sectors will be addressed through BIC: mobility, energy, technology, and digitalisation and health. Universities, research centres, as well as local, national, and international companies will participate in the initiative.
An estimated 235 million euros and the creation of up to 40,000 jobs (750 of which would be R&D related) are expected to come out of this initiative over the next ten years.
Barcelona City Council Press Release (April 2021 in Catalan)
eSmartCity News (in Spanish)