The capital of Spain and its Catalan rival every have greater than 1,200 start-ups, and the fratricidal duel between the two cities may, in the long run, make Spanish innovation shine in Europe, ensures El Mundo.
“Madrid and Barcelona are two cities that can be observed and imitated. […] And the ambivalent relationship that unites them is strongly influenced by the conjuncture of the new economy”, swear the spanish newspaper El Mundo. According to the Madrid each day, the two cities “Stand out among the major European innovation centers, with 1,200 start-ups each”.
The Spanish “start-up nation” is thus led by two headliners: the Barcelona-based Glovo – a house meal supply platform born in 2015, which raised the report sum (for a Spanish start-up) of 450 million euros final April – and the Madrid-based Cabify – a carpooling firm based in 2011.
“There is also plenty to do in this ecosystem, as neither city lacks investment funds, universities, prestigious business schools or Spanish and foreign talent.” To the level thatEl Mundo wonders:
Is this the basic case of fratricidal wrestle or, to summon a way more daring imaginative and prescient, is it a long-term cooperation, the apotheosis of which might be the creation of the third largest European hub?”
Companies in Barcelona, analysis in Madrid
Several indicators present some solutions, in line with the newspaper. Barcelona received forward of its neighbor Madrid twenty years in the past due to the district known as 22 @, “200 hectares freed up during a redevelopment of the city, where 1,500 companies from various sectors with high added value are now established.” and which nonetheless plans to increase in the coming years.
In addition, Barcelona skilled a turning level in 2006 when it turned the host metropolis of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's largest commerce honest devoted to cellular telephony. “This fair has made us known around the world to entrepreneurs, investment funds and multinationals, and it has allowed us to gain an excellent reputation in the digital economy”, savors Jaume Collboni, first socialist deputy at Barcelona metropolis corridor, on the web site ofEl Mundo.
“If Barcelona is more oriented towards the creation of companies, Madrid shines, for its part, in research”, solutions Álvaro Bernad, president of Mide, a community of start-ups from Madrid. He identified, for instance, that Madrid had extra college institutes and scientific analysis laboratories than Barcelona.
As the capital of Spain, Madrid attracts the headquarters of enormous firms, together with these in tech, and, in flip, a talented workforce. The autonomous area of Madrid additionally overtook Catalonia a couple of years in the past by changing into the richest area in Spain. Nevertheless, regardless of the rivalries, El Mundo offers himself the proper to dream:
In a political-fiction story, the pooling of those two hubs would give beginning to the third European big of the digital economy. ”
Founded in 1989, “Le Monde” has at all times claimed the mannequin of American-style investigative journalism, though it typically tends to favor sensationalism to the detriment of significant information. Its editorial line leans to the facet