keywordsHiT Barcelona 2009
Barcelona, world capital of innovation
Date: Fri, 03/20/2009 - 15:08
This June, Barcelona will become the World capital of innovation. HiT Barcelona 2009, a unique, global event that will bring together prominent innovation gurus, entrepreneurs and investors to promote strategic business projects, will convert the city into a global reference in the area of innovation
The event is expected to gather 2,500 top-tier executives worldwide from the 17 to 19 June 2009 to Barcelona, at the Fira de Barcelona Congress Hall in Montjuic.
Innovation and its application in the market is one of the main challenges faced by companies to achieve success in a global market. During three days, HiT Barcelona will be a unique opportunity to gather in the Catalan capital the key innovation players: from large multinationals and prestigious international businessmen, to innovation experts, investors and entrepreneurs. Innovation is the route to future leadership and the event will offer an ideal networking platform to exchange knowledge, and establish business contacts.
HiT Barcelona, a unique combination
Innovative in its very format, the event will combine an area for 'reflection' with plenary sessions (Plenary Congress) and an area for 'creation', consisting of a programme of meetings and sector-related activities (Innovation Marketplaces).
The Plenary Congress is a forum in which leading experts will reflect on the key ideas regarding creativity, theory and practice in innovation. The challenges of the future, innovation and management, innovation and talent, or the relationship between innovation and financial success are some of the topics that will be addressed in these sessions.
The Innovation Marketplaces evolve around three key sectors for the future: Telecommunications, Healthcare and Cleantech. Promoting business projects and building relationships between entrepreneurs and investors are at the core of this initiative. Each Marketplace will host a tournament where 15 of the most innovative projects worldwide in each sector will compete, and also a dedicated area to give some of the best international start-ups the opportunity to demonstrate their latest ideas.
According to HiT Barcelona's Director, Aleix Planas, "the purpose of this event is to recognise Barcelona's commitment to innovation, position the city as a knowledge incubator and promote it as a pole of attraction for international talent.
Top business projects in competition
Another highlight of HiT Barcelona is the Global Entrepreneurship Competition, a pioneering initiative fostering the great ideas that bring together international entrepreneurs and investors. In the months prior to the event, the World Nominating Committee, headed by Professor Jerome S. Engel, Executive Director of the Lester Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, will analyse the top 100 projects submitted by prestigious Entrepreneurships Centres from countries around the world: business schools, business incubators, technology parks and universities. The Spanish finalists will come from existing incentive programmes for entrepreneurs: The Investment Forum, organised by ACC1Ó, will present one finalist to the competition, and Entrepreneurs XXI, organised by La Caixa, will present three of the competition’s finalists. The 26 innovative start-ups selected will present their business plans at Hit Barcelona not only to compete but also to look for the investments needed to develop their businesses. The 5 global winners of the competition will receive cash prizes and will have the opportunity to network with the international investment community attending the event.