Barcelona will host an incubator for sports tech start-ups

Barcelona will host an incubator for sports tech start-ups

The initiative will host the city’s iconic Olympic Stadium

Barcelona will have its first incubator for companies working and innovating in the world of sports technology. The new space, part of the Barcelona Sports Hub project, will install shops on the south facade of the Montjuïc Olympic Stadium.

For this purpose, a budget of 2.8 million euros has been provided, which will be used to renovate the former office space of the stadium.

The digitalization of the sports world

The dedicated space, measuring 1,100 square meters, will include a pre-incubation area, up to 12 interconnectable work modules, meeting rooms and common use environments for the professionals who work there. The offices also want to take advantage of a space of 400 square meters to organize outdoor meetings and promote networking between start-ups.

The transformation works should start in the summer of this year and will end in the first half of 2023. Once ready, the incubator will become the first physical installation of the new Barcelona Sports Hub, which aims to make the Catalan capital an international benchmark in the technology sector dedicated to sport.

However, it should not be confused with the Barcelona Sports Tech Hub, an agreement signed between the regional government (Generalitat) and the Barcelona Sportstech HUB23 association in April 2021, which also began accelerating projects for emerging companies.

The Catalan capital is a city that is easily associated with the world of sport, whether it is the eponymous football club, which is one of the symbols of the city, or the legendary Olympic Games, which served to rejuvenate the city in 1992.

The Olympic Stadium itself was built in 1929, preserving its original facade from that era, although its interior has been modernized several times. It now also serves as the home ground for the city’s second biggest football club, Espanyol.

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