Fest-UP was Barcelona’s first-ever, crowdsourced startup festival – an open platform for the entire Barcelona Startup Ecosystem to share their knowledge, showcase their projects and make new connections within our vibrant entrepreneurial community.
All in all, more than 3.000 people attended at least one of the 45 events held in 22 locations across Barcelona – all focused on one goal: Uniting Our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
To make an event such as Fest-UP possible, we reached out to key stakeholders in the Barcelona Startup Community. The following organizations went above and beyond to help make Fest-UP a success and became the Official Heroes of the 1st Annual Fest-UP Startup Festival in Barcelona!
Across Legal – One of the most trusted, startup-focused legal teams in Spain, Across Legal has guided dozens of Barcelona ventures through fundraising rounds, international compliance and intellectual property best practices. Startups go through many phases, good times and bad. You want the experts at Across Legal in corner.
BStartup by Banco Sabadell – Rapidly building the framework for Spain’s most startup friendly banking partner, Banco Sabadell has recently launched BStartup – an entrepreneurial growth program providing access to capital, project acceleration and mentorship across the country.
Barcelona Activa – Finding the words to describe the impact Barcelona Activa has had on our city is an impossible task. For almost 30 years, Activa has provided the necessary resources to build new companies, create new jobs and foster the growth of Europe’s Innovation Capital.
EADA – Top-ranked international business school by the Financial Times and The Economist, EADA has training the next generation of business leaders for nearly 60 years. Their International MBA program is in the top 4 in Spain and their soon-to-be launched Entrepreneurs Center will provide invaluable resources and capital to build new startups.
Easy Startup by Nuñez y Navarro – The largest real estate firm in Catalonia survived the economic crisis by sticking to their trusted business instinct and not over-borrowing funds during the bubble. Now they are in a unique position to support BCN startups with 6 months of rent-free office space through their Easy Startup program.
Kantox – One of Spain’s fastest growing and truly disruptive startups is quickly changing the landscape of foreign exchange markets. Kantox knows first-hand how indispensable new ventures are in an increasingly globalized world and that’s why they are offering a commission-free currency exchange up to €100.000 to ALL participating Fest-UP companies.
KSchool – Flipping the traditional education system on it’s head, KSchool is leading the charge to the new way of learning. This is hands-on, practice-driven learning at it’s finest. KSchool is building a platform to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in the new global economy.
Mobile World Capital – The amazing team behind the fantastically successful 4 Years From Now event did not hesitate to support Fest-UP from the very start (and save the day at the 11th hour). Mobile World Capital is the permanent organization devoted to ensuring Barcelona’s future as the capital of mobile for decades to come.
Mobile World Centre – Our home, bed, shelter, office and the inspirational HQs of Fest-UP. The Mobile World Centre is public-private initiative created by the Mobile World Capital Foundation and Telefonica (Movistar). The idea is an open space to explore how mobile technology is changing society and offering solutions to global challenges.
MyTaxi – The largest taxi app in Spain is thriving in one of the most competitive mobile spaces in the world. Entering the Barcelona market in 2011, MyTaxi has quickly grown their taxi community to thousands of drivers and daily users catching rides from their smartphone.
These are the Champions of the Barcelona Startup Community and the Official Heroes of the 2014 Fest-UP Startup Festival. Thank you for all of your support, encouragement and enthusiasm for Barcelona’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem!