ACCIÓ – Catalonia Trade & Investment Agency

Catalonia has an active and innovative business community and a strong research and innovation system, including internationally recognised universities, research and technology centres. Catalonia is one of the main poles of attraction for foreign direct investment in Europe - it concentrates more than 25% of Spanish exports and 1% of the world’s total scientific production per inhabitant. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the world’s mobile capital and iCapital of Europe. Catalonia has adopted the Catalonia 2020 Strategy, which is the Catalan Government’s roadmap for relaunching the economy and consolidating Catalonia as an industrially-based country, with an open, competitive and sustainable economy combining talent, creativity, a diversified business ecosystem and its own research system of excellence - all within a dynamic, entrepreneurial and inclusive society.

ACCIÓ is the Agency for Business Competitiveness. ACCIÓ’s different programmes promote internationalization and innovation. We provide service to 24,000 companies a year. We connect businesses to the key strategic sectors. We promote internationalization and innovation. We help Catalan businesses and startups boost their competitiveness. We help international companies connect and tap into the competitive advantages Catalonia and Barcelona provide.

Contact detail

  • Brussels Office Address

    Rue de la Loi, 227
    1040 Brussels

ACCIÓ – Catalonia Trade & Investment Agency

S3 Strategy

The Strategy for the Smart Specialisation of Catalonia (RIS3CAT) defines the framework within which the Catalan Government establishes research and innovation (R&I) actions and programmes and provides support for the generation and development of innovative projects. RIS3CAT establishes four strategic objectives:

  • To modernise the business fabric by improving the efficiency of production processes, internationalisation and the reorientation of consolidated sectors towards activities with greater added value;

  • To promote new emerging economic activities through research and innovation to create and develop new market niches;

  • To consolidate Catalonia as a European knowledge hub and link technological and creative capacities to existing and emerging sectors in the territory;

  • To improve the overall Catalan innovation system, increasing the competitiveness of companies and steering public policies towards promotion of innovation, internationalisation and entrepreneurship.

The four pillars of action are:

  • Leading sectors;

  • Emerging activities;

  • Cross-cutting enabling technologies;

  • Innovation environment.

Strategic R&I Projects


The AI REGIO innovation action aims to consolidate the collaboration in the pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) by enhancing the offering of regional DIHs to manufacturing SMEs on policy impact, technological impact and business impact.


CATCIM stands for Catalan services for more Competitiveness and Innovation in the global Market and is focused on offering assessment, mentoring and coaching services to SMEs with the objective of increasing and accelerating the economic returns from innovation.


RESET (Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together) envisions a human-centric, inclusive and diversity respectful approach for an intersectional approach to gender equality.

Tecniospring INDUSTRY

Tecniospring INDUSTRY, ACCIÓ's international talent programme, boosts technology transfer processes by offering R&D companies and centres 2-year employment contracts to host a researcher.


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