Beaches with waves, a surfing tradition that goes back to the 1980s, surroundings – the Cantabrian coastline looking out onto the French Atlantic – that generate a surfing culture as well as a cutting-edge innovative business network… these are the main elements that have made San Sebastian an international point of reference in this industry. Indeed, our city leads the World Surf Cities Network, with other members including Gold Coast and Newcastle (Australia), Durban (South Africa), Arica (Chile), Las Palmas (Canary Islands), Ericeira and Viana do Castelo (Portugal), New Plymouth (New Zealand), Santos (Brazil), Montañita (Ecuador) and Huanchaco (Peru).
For this reason, Fomento San Sebastián, through its Surf City Donostia cluster, supports innovative companies in this sector through a raft of measures designed to favour its development and internationalisation.
Furthermore, through our Connecting Talent programme, we help to draw business and talent to San Sebastian to ensure it continues to be the city for innovation in surfing.
Our city’s innovative ecosystem is characterised by higher than average ratios in comparison with the national and European figures for a population of 186,000 inhabitants.
Our Surf City Donostia cluster encompasses over 60 companies in this sector. Some of these are spearheading the development and innovation of new products and services dedicated to the world of surfing.
SAN SEBASTIAN HELPS NEW SURF COMPANIES TO SET UP THEIR BUSINESS:
– Subsidies for SMEs
– Finance facility search
– Recruitment subsidies
– International Grants
– Innovation Competition
– Connecting Talent Programme
– Advice to boost competitiveness
– Support for internationalisation
– Technological assistance
– International Trade Fairs
– Space rental