Increase in the percentage of women entrepreneurs in Barcelona

The Municipal Data Office (OMD) has published the annual report “Entrepreneurship in Barcelona”, offering a vision of the profile of city entrepreneurs and noting a 2% increase in the number of women entrepreneurs compared to last year, rising to 42% in total.

03/04/2024 10:02 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

This is the seventh year running that the Municipal Data Office (OMD) has published this report, which includes the main indicators for entrepreneurship in 2022.

The figures offer a complementary vision of the information published as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), an international source of statistics on entrepreneurship, but without data at a municipal level. According to the methodology of the GEM project, entrepreneurs are identified from the continuous sample of working histories, selecting self-employed women who start a business activity which includes a period of up to 42 months.

Notable indicators in the report include:

  • In 2022, Barcelona had an estimated total of 40,875 entrepreneurs living in the city, nearly two thirds of the number for the metropolitan area (65%) and over a quarter of the total for Catalonia (26%).
  • In 2022, the city had 17,175 women entrepreneurs and 23,700 men entrepreneurs.
  • The volume of women entrepreneurs increased by two per cent in 2022 to reach 42%.
  • In contrast, there was a significant drop in men entrepreneurs (–7.6%), compared to the record number reached in 2021.
  • The index for entrepreneurial activity in the city, at 3.9%, has remained relatively stable in recent years and stands just 0.2% below the levels from 2021 and 2019.
  • By age, the number of entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 39 (21,100 people) has stabilised in the city compared 2021 and represents 51.6% of the total, slightly above the number of people aged between 40 and 64 (19,775 people).
  • Entrepreneurs in Barcelona in 2022 are still mainly of Spanish nationality: 22,850 people, representing 55.9% of the total. Even so, this percentage has dropped, while the figure for entrepreneurs with foreign nationalities has risen and now represents 44.1% of the total. The index for entrepreneurial activity among the foreign population (6%) is double the figure for people of Spanish nationality (3%).
  • The services sector is still the main one for entrepreneurs living in the city, accounting for 89.2%.
  • L’Eixample has the highest number of entrepreneurs (16.8%), consistent with the volume of the resident population, followed by Sant Martí (13.6%) and Sarrià – Sant Gervasi (10.5%). The most positive evolution was in Gràcia, with an increase in the number of entrepreneurs of 8.3% compared to 2021, followed by Ciutat Vella (+3.9%) and Les Corts (+1,3%).



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