Innovation and Knowledge Environment

Donostia-San Sebastián is a service-oriented city focusing in the tertiary sector. It is immersed in an industrial and business tradition and this is why it has centred on knowledge and innovation as a road to the future. The Basque Country is one of the regions in Spain with the highest concentration of industries. Regional institutions are concerned with the promotion and strengthening of local business, encouraging competitiveness by way of research and technological innovation. Proof of this is the foundation of organisations such as the Basque Organisation for Competitive Redevelopment SPRI –the Basque Agency for Innovation-, Innobasque and the Basque Institute for Competitiveness, Orkestra which promote innovation and knowledge-related initiatives.

Business Environment

Donostia-San Sebastián has a powerful business fabric. The companies specialising in new technologies, research and development are mostly based in Ibaeta, the Zuatzu Business Park, or the Miramon Technology Park, which is being extended following a new concept that will integrate businesses, R&D centres, and the university into a single innovation and knowledge centre.

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Technology Companies and Applied Technology Centres

Some of the leading technology companies in Spain, members of the Basque Society of the Electronic Industry, are based in or close to Donostia-San Sebastián.


Given its integrating nature and the great number of public institutes and private companies in town devoted to research and new technologies, Donostia-San Sebastián is an ideal place to work in this field. Furthermore, it stands out as a service-oriented city offering a good number of job opportunities.

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Documents required to work in Donostia-San Sebastián

Anyone from outside the EU needs a work permit.


Finally, if you or some of the people coming with you decide to set up a business, we can help you to start off. We have a network of business centres providing all the infrastructure and the space you may need to establish your business.