Business exchange and collaboration between Barcelona and Kyoto

Business exchange and collaboration between Barcelona and Kyoto

Smart City. The deal aims to facilitate connections and help discover the ecosystem in each city.

A new deal will allow five emerging companies from Kyoto to come to Barcelona and three Catalan companies to travel to Japan during the Smart City World Congress, establishing connections and learning about the ecosystem of each city. The agreement comes in addition to the strategy to attract emerging companies from all over the world, to promote talent and position the city at the forefront of the business world.

The companies from Kyoto will be taking part in a week-long programme offered by Barcelona Activa, enabling them to discover the city’s economic and business ecosystem and to establish connections with potential providers and customers. For their part, the three Barcelona companies will travel to the Japanese city in October as part of the Smart City Expo World Congress to display their products and services, take part in events and presentations and visit local Japanese companies.

This experience, the result of collaboration agreements between the two cities, aims to facilitate collaboration between entrepreneurs and SMEs, as well as help internationalise the local productive network.

Barcelona will be taking part in the Kyoto Smart City Expo again this year, an event looking at topics such as 5G, the future of connectivity, digital transformation, the urban environment, mobility, finance and inclusive cities.

Selection process

As from next week, enterprising projects from Barcelona will be able to present their candidacies to go to Kyoto. The process will make a positive assessment of projects’ growth potential, their will to internationalise their operations, and the promotion of products or services already tried and tested on the local market.

Likewise, Japan’s Keihanna RC has announced it is currently in the process of selecting companies looking to reach out to Europe and strengthen ties between the Japanese brand and its business projects in Europe.