We are based in Barcelona and, since our very early days, we have been very involved with its startup ecosystem, attending conferences, organising events, mentoring in developer bootcamps or creating free resources for the new entrepreneurs and developers.
This is our way to give back to the community we come from & we love so much. Scroll down to read about our most popular ongoing initiatives.
Since April 2014, we have been organising Startup Grind in Barcelona. We found a gap in the startup ecosystem, where most events are focused only on promoting stuff and talking about MMRRs, KPIs, and valuations. Like we have forgotten that entrepreneurs are humans, not just money-making machines.
We host a monthly event right in the heart of Barcelona, where we conduct a fireside chat with distinguished founders, investors, CTOs, and all sorts of game-changes who want to explain the highs and lows of their entrepreneurial journey. We charge an entrance fee to make sure that only genuinely interested people come to the event.
After two years, putting an event month after month without a break, we are proud to have welcomed more than 2000 entrepreneurs to our event in our 26 events thus far, with an average attendance of 100 people.
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and has a chapter in over 200 cities in more than 85 different countries worldwide. Make sure you check out the videos of our fireside chats on Youtube.
In 2014, we teamed up with the Department of Economic Development of the Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Activa, to develop the Barcelona Startup Map. The map helps to visualise the current state of the Barcelona startup ecosystem. Because of our international projection, we knew that most big cities had already a startup map, so we set forth to develop one for our favourite city.
You can sign up your company to join more than 550 entities: startups, venues, education centers, accelerators/incubators, big corporations and investors. The Barcelona Startup Map is a comprehensive tool that we oftentimes use to explain how well the city is doing regarding startups to foreign companies that want to land in Barcelona.
After a year and a half running Startup Grind in Barcelona, we detected that our attendees had no way to keep in touch between events. At the same time, many companies and initiatives started to create new platforms to aggregate and connect all entrepreneurs and startups in Barcelona to no avail.
Enter Slack. Slack was conceived as a company communication tool and has been largely adopted as such. Why reinventing the wheel?
Given Slack's features and pricing models (free for everyone), many initiatives and movements are now using Slack to curate their communities. We have been members of big Slack communities like Startup Grind, Nomadlist and Ruby on Rails, so we created one for the Barcelona startups and entrepreneurs, where we share news, blog posts, job offerings, new trends, we team up to go to events... Join the party!
We're more than 800 members nowadays!
At MarsBased, we collaborate actively with IronHack, our favourite development bootcamp. We have been mentoring, teaching and giving talks and keynotes since their very first edition in Barcelona to students from all around the world.
We invest heavily in the training of the new generations of developers and will continue spreading the Ruby on Rails and Angular gospel for the years to come. We're very happy to count the IronHack family as our friends.
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