27 Catalan start-ups have received a grant of up to €75,000 from ACCIÓ — Catalan Agency for Competitiveness, which depends on the Ministry of Business and Knowledge—, with the aim of supporting the initial phases of its growth. ACCIÓ's Startup Capital aids had a budget of €2 million in 2020, that is, 25% higher than the previous year.
This call pretends to intensify the support for start-ups created during the pandemic, with the result that 90% of the 27 beneficiaries are less than a year old. These aids aim at supporting emerging companies in the creation phase, the most critical of their growth, bringing them closer to the first customers and private funding. They will thus be able to fund business plan execution-related actions, such as staff costs, investment in materials and equipment, rental of spaces or development of communication strategies, and so on.