About The City
- 99.6% of all companies are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
- Key local employment sectors include traditional sectors such as fishing, tourism and manufacturing (automotive components and technological components).
- Services make up 72% of employment and the digital, tech and creative sectors are seen as important emerging sectors.
- The sea, technology and creativity are identified as economic drivers locally.
About the policy context
The good practice will be transferred within the following policy contexts:
- At national level Tech Revolution is aligned with the Digital Agenda for Spain and the Employment Policy Plan, which includes a priority to drive entrepreneurship as a strategy for job creation.
- At Catalan level, the CAT2020, SmartCAT and RIS3CAT strategies establish strategic areas and enabling technologies for Catalonia which are addressed in Tech Revolution – cutting across design and culture industries with technology.
- At local level the project is linked to Vilanova i la Geltrú’s Municipal Action Plan 2019, Economic Development Strategic Plan 2025, the Local Development Action Plan 2022 and the Internationalisation Plan of Vilanova i la Geltrú 2022. Innovation, creativity and technology are the city’s pathway to the future and the Neàpolis agency is responsible for driving forward this agenda
A description of the Good Practice challenge
The city wants to transform its economy from one which historically was reliant on traditional sectors to one with a range of high quality digital and creative start-ups jobs for all citizens. It sees innovation and creativity as central to success. Since 2008 it has run the Neàpolis building, which houses local TV and radio, film sets, an auditorium, a research centre, a ‘hotel’ for companies, an incubator and a co-working space. In this period it has hosted 15 SMEs in the ‘hotel’, 9 Micro SME’s in the incubator and 119 entrepreneurs in the co-working space. The building is now at full capacity and the city needs to consider both follow-on space and a wider community entrepreneurship offer.
Vilanova I la Geltru & TechRevolution
Vilanova I la Geltru want to use TechRevolution to....
- Improve the delivery, quality and accessibility of its services to local entrepreneurs
- Explore the development of new spaces and places for digital and creative entrepreneurs including re-use of old buildings to contribute to a strategy which includes pre-co-work and follow-on space so there is something for all entrepreneurs and SMEs at every stage of their journey
- Explore how to use digital platforms and communities to improve support for entrepreneurs or businesses
- Engender more of a sense of community amongst creative entrepreneurs and a ‘pay it forward’ culture e.g. by testing different, maybe more informal, community offers or events
- Contribute to the city’s internationalisation and optimise local opportunities from international networks
- Develop new better skills and capacities to drive forward, and govern, innovation e.g. develop more of an appetite for risk, more collaboration
- Further develop Neàpolis’s reputation locally and develop and strengthen local relationships and networks
Practical steps to transfer
Vilanova is interested in using the following techniques to transfer the good practice:
- • Online and offline fora where Tech Revolution network members can openly and honestly share knowledge and experience on the topics outlined above.
- • Professional development of Neàpolis’ staff through peer learning and / or staff exchanges.
- • Support to develop a system of indicators and evaluation and a communications plan.
- • ‘Learning by doing’ and testing and learning quickly from beta actions
The team of six at Neapolis will lead this process and there is clear support from stakeholder organisations. Due to the local political situation it is difficult to assess the level of political support at this point.