Captain's log, stardate d453.y37/AB
Over the course of the last four years, MarsBased has been investing a lot in the startup ecosystem of Barcelona. We felt it was our duty to invest heavily and become the change we wanted to see in the city.
Among other things, this has allowed us to strike a deal with Spaces to help them to bring community around their new base in Barcelona. Read on!
A bit of background
Even before we decided to incorporate as a company in early 2014, we had been organising events and joining forces with other communities in Barcelona, to contribute to our blossoming ecosystem.
Our sort of "entrepreneurs anonymous" monthly meeting, garnering founders of super-early-stage companies, consolidated as the Startup Circle, which lived for circa two years. We were about 50 people sharing an email list and meeting regularly to help each other's companies.
Later on, in 2015, we decided to merge the Startup Circle community with Startup Grind, so we could focus on building one bigger community, rather than two of them. It made perfect sense because both communities shared similar values and type of events.
The new MarsBased space on Earth!
This, in turn, contributed to having a steady 80-plus-people attendance to every Startup Grind Barcelona event since the very first one. Three and a half years later, we're well over 120-130 people per event and going strong! We have definitely become one of the leading events in Barcelona, and we are always trying to improve the event in terms of quality and new ideas.
We definitely peaked with Startup Grind last month, when we organised the first ever Startup Grind Barcelona conference: the Startup Grind BCN - SF Summit.
Also in 2015, we decided to launch the Startups.Barcelona Slack community, which nowadays has got over 1000 entrepreneurs and startups from the city.
We also contribute a lot to the tech community, having organised tech meetups, spoken at others, sponsored some communities, and partnered with our favourite coding bootcamp, Ironhack. Take a look at our Community page to see all of our initiatives!
The intergalactic alliance
Having become an undeniable active and influential player in the Barcelona ecosystem, it's no surprise that companies reach out to us to work with us, while some others contact us to partner or ask for advice.
Martian alert at the cafeteria!
In this case, we're happy to announce our new partnership with Spaces, a Dutch company which offers creative working environments with a unique entrepreneurial spirit.
We have relocated there as our base, in order to attract community, organise events, co-host other communities, and, in short, join forces with Spaces in an intergalactic alliance to add further value to the Barcelona startup & tech ecosystems.
I can see myself spending a fair amount of time here!
The beautiful Spaces office is already in full operation, and they're hosting a very special celebration on Thursday. Register here for the Spaces Launch Party. Join us there!
What can you expect?
We're just getting started, but in the next days, we will announce our first tech events!
Spaces will be the perfect host for our monthly meetups, and for yours too if you need a new home. Reach out to us if you need a room for your gatherings, and we will try to help!
The MarsBased & Startup Grind Barcelona team at Spaces!
Likewise, Spaces gives special conditions in pricing to companies/individuals referred by MarsBased. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you need their services.
Last, but not least, we'll be hosting Office Hours every Wednesday at the Spaces 22@ building (C/Pallars 193, 08005, Barcelona).
See you at the Spaces Launch Party on Thursday!