Specialization of startup hubs: Which second-tier hubs perform better than we might expect?

When we look at overall preferences, 38% of the 320 founders in the sample chose a smaller hub over a bigger one. What unique qualities do these smaller hubs have to offer, and why might a founder choose a smaller hub? In the 2017 version of the Startup Heatmap Europe, London and Berlin again found themselves

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Can macroeconomic factors influence the performance of a startup hub?

In our 2017 survey, we asked 320 startups CEOs why they decided to set up their businesses in a certain location and what are their preferred ingredients for a successful startup city. Here, I analyze their results alongside additional macroeconomic factors, to examine if they may play a role in the location choice. Is there a correlation between GDP, unemployment rate, economic freedom in a country and how

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Startups and the City: A look into how city characteristics may impact startup location satisfaction

In this year’s Startup Heatmap Europe, we found considerable regional differences in how entrepreneurs evaluated their startup locations. While regional differences can provide an interesting picture about the overall satisfaction of entrepreneurs across Europe, much day to day startup activity happens in the city, or local level. We can learn even more about how these

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The five startup hubs most likely to profit from Brexit

Deal or no deal, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Who stands to benefit? We identified 5 top startup hubs that are likely to become the greatest Brexit profiteers. Brexit and the impact on UK Startup Hubs The United Kingdom has a very good reputation among European startup founders. While London

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Salad Bowl of Melting Pot? The elements of a great startup ecosystem

Our research director, Natalie Novick was invited by the Global Entrepreneurship Network to present the results of her research to global decision makers on stage at the Startup Nations Summit in Estonia. Read below the full excerpt of her talk. Talk prepared for the 2017 Startup Nations Summit – Tallinn, Estonia By Natalie Novick.  

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Where are EU founders moving to?

Overall, the key reasons for founders to move somewhere to establish a business are access to talent (a score of 4.20 out of 5), followed by ease of doing business (3.85) and access to capital (3.69).   Overall, roughly half (48%) of founders moved to another city to start a business, with 21% moving to a

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Is the grass always greener on the other side?

When we first think about the words “startup hub”, our initial thought is probably the image of the space between San Francisco and Oakland populated by the thousands of startup companies that comprise Silicon Valley. Europe lacks a similar density of startups, however, many European entrepreneurs choose to move away from their cities, countries or

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Startup hubs that outshine their regional competitors

Any type of movement – inbound or outbound – can be good for startup hubs. To name just a few benefits: inbound founders bring talent, creativity, diversity, economic impact, and jobs. Founders who decide to leave their home turf, on the other hand, stay in touch with the place they left, and share knowledge and

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Top 5 cities to startup in Europe according to founders

That location of a startup is crucial to its success is no longer news – just think of the tech titans of Silicon Valley. While local governments and cities aggressively parade their merits to attract startups, the perception of founders on which hub holds more opportunities for them will prevail on their choices. Startup Heatmap

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Startup Heatmap 2017 Methodology

The 2017 edition of the Startup Heatmap Europe survey ran from April to July. 321 founders from 30 countries responded to our call. The survey was closed and based on invitation. We worked with the research team of Pitchbook to identify a representative and random sample of for all the European startups registered in their database.

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