Sant Cugat is a model of quality of life and wealth generation, and has defined the objective of becoming an innovative city, reinforcing the focus on social, cultural and business innovation and sustainability with the commitment to facilitate future solutions with companies installed in Sant Cugat, a Smart City near Barcelona.
Today, Barcelona is established as southern Europe’s leading area for technology startup creation. Sant Cugat is a major partner in this trend, with a business offering that draws technology and biomedical entrepreneurs and multinational companies from around the world. Sant Cugat is an innovative town that fosters knowledge creation and hosts global business trends, in a smart environment that facilitates business growth and improves its citizens‘ quality of life.
Our Town Council welcomes the arrival of new companies, offering information and guidance services. With its vibrant, multi-industry network of companies, the town provides an ideal environment for business innovation and development.
Startups such as ANACONDA BIOMED, ADN INSTITUT o TRAVEL SAX have chosen the town to locate their head offices, consolidating Sant Cugat’s strategic positioning in entrepreneurship. These are companies that value the town’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, and also its closeness to Barcelona.
Major international corporations that are industry leaders in pharmaceuticals and biomedical research, such as GRIFOLS, ROCHE or BOEHRINGER, or leaders in technological innovation, such as RICOH, GFT, EPSON or HP, have chosen Sant Cugat to put down roots, creating an ecosystem of small and large enterprises that have found fertile ground in the town’s talent pool and quality of life.
Sant Cugat works to foster and strengthen the social economy, with different socio-economic initiatives, such as the Entrepreneurship and Social Economy Competition, which awards prizes to different projects that have a social impact on the town.
These initiatives are encompassed within the Social Economy Master Plan, developed jointly with the territory’s socio-economic agents. This Plan’s purpose is to establish guidelines and priority action lines that will give visibility to and promote Social Entrepreneurship and its professionalization.
Facilities that generate business opportunities
Entrepreneurship Center BeBUSINESSA 100% public facility managed by the Town Council located in the Mira-sol Center building in Sant Cugat. Opening in 2022.
Library Living LabThe Library Living Lab fosters fluid communication between researchers, the library’s users, the Public Administration, companies and cultural organizations. Different subject areas are addressed, such as: new forms of man-machine interaction, the use of augmented reality and 3D printing. Taking a societal challenge as its starting point, a technological solution is proposed that provides a return to society.
@Sant Cugat Business ParkThis is a modern business center with well-equipped spaces available for companies, entrepreneurs and large corporations. Located in an area that stands out for its high economic activity, its versatility adapts to all sorts of training and business management activities.
ESADECREAPOLIS and Rambla of InnovationBusiness and innovation park Located at the Esade Business School campus. This space generates a unique atmosphere between the university and the business world. Companies have a wide variety of innovation services and growth opportunities such as Rambla of Innovation: 5 laboratories that combine education with innovation and experimentation. A circular path that goes from the conception of a new idea (Fusion Point), to the research and proof of viability of the idea (Decision Lab), to the manufacture of prototypes (Fab Lab), to the definition of a business model (EGarage), and finally to the creation and implementation of a company (EWorks).
SC Trade CenterThis business center stands out for its focus on innovation and sustainability, with more than 100 fully-equipped offices, shared work spaces and a public-private entrepreneurship center. It offers connectivity with companies based in the town’s various business parks, creating favorable conditions for new synergies and business opportunities. It also has centers in Barcelona and Rubí.
Tribuna Sant Cugat Empresarial ForumSant Cugat has become a meeting point for business owners and executives working in all fields, thanks to the tireless work of the organization Sant Cugat Empresarial, which organizes professional seminars to analyze different aspects of the international economy. The Tribuna Sant Cugat Empresarial is one of the highest impact business and networking platforms, with a strong international focus. Each event organized by the Tribuna brings top-level international speakers, whose talks create a space for experience exchange and reflection, and fosters support for the competitiveness of the town’s business ecosystem. These meetings, which welcome active participation by everyone, constitute a network of relations that generate business opportunities, underscore the town’s entrepreneur-friendly spirit and facilitate contacts with foreign companies. More information at: https://santcugatempresarial.cat/tribuna
Sant Cugat Entrepreneurship SeminarThe Jornada d’Emprenedoria has become consolidated as a key event both locally and in Catalonia as a whole, with nearly 5,000 participants. It is organized by the Terrassa Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services in partnership with Sant Cugat Town Council More information at: https://www.jornadaemprenedoria.com
Sant Cugat Network of Women EntrepreneursThe XDESC association supports professional and business projects, listening to its members’ needs, offering continued training, facilitating meeting and cooperative work spaces, and providing tools and resources More information at: https://xarxaemprenedoressc.cat