The Carles Ferrer Salat Awards recognize the work of companies and entrepreneurs in Catalonia. These awards honour the values of businesspeople who are generous, open, and defenders of knowledge and dialogue, like Carles Ferrer Salat, former president of Foment, founding president of CEOE, and former president of the great European sponsor UNICE (now BusinessEurope).
On Wednesday 22 November, Foment del Treball celebrated the 10th edition of the annual Carles Ferrer Salat Awards. With these values we recognize the most outstanding and influential people and companies within the business world.
The R+D Award goes to Barcelona Tech City for its commitment to consolidating the city of Barcelona as an international technological hub and to promoting innovation among the different agents which make up the entrepreneur ecosystem of Barcelona.
Barcelona Tech City is an initiative that represents more than 500 companies in the digital and technological sector which are based in Barcelona. Located in Palau de Mar, it covers almost 11,000 square meters and gives space to 100 companies and startups with more than 1,000 professionals.
The Jury gives credit to the way that Barcelona Tech City successfully promotes entrepreneurship, connects the talent of schools and universities, and its commitment to the creation of an adequate legal and financial framework for the consolidation of technological and digital projects.
Chaired by Miguel Vicente and with Miquel Martí as General Director, in 2016 Barcelona Tech City started the Pier01 project with the aim of this becoming a reference technological space in Europe. The initiative works together with entrepreneurs, startups, investors, established companies, incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurs, universities, business schools, media and other agents of the Barcelona ecosystem.
Startups such as HolaLuz, Letgo, ByHours and Ikomob, and large organizations such as the Mobile World Capital Foundation with mVentures, Gas Natural Fenosa with the InnovationHub, SEAT with the Metropolis Lab: Barcelona and the Payment Innovation Hub promoted by Caixabank, have consolidated a space that puts special emphasis on innovation and collaboration between startups and corporates.
This year, Foment del Treball also recognizes the Repsol Foundation for its work in Social Commitment; MANGO for its commitment to the Environment; and Roca for the success of its internationalization strategy over more than 45 years.