An Accelerator for Cities

LEVEL-UP YOUR STARTUP ECOSYSTEM JOIN THE WORLD’S 1st STARTUP CITY ACCELERATOR  3-week online program & 1 day offline seminar Master Ecosystem Know-HowLearn fundamental concepts of community building and stay up to date on current data and trends in the startup world. Access an international network of peer community buildersConnect with representatives of startup hubs across

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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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PIRATE Summit brings Cologne the international appeal its startup ecosystem deserves

A gigantic mechanical robot animal spits fire while pushing its way through the crowd in the post-apocalyptic world of Cologne’s “Odonien” – an old junkyard site turned art and exhibition space. We are at the PIRATE Summit – one of the most remarkable celebrations Europe’s tech scene has to offer: 1,200 hand-picked invite-only guests gather

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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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Catalonia vs. Spain: What do startups stand to lose?

Having been two weeks in Spain amidst the high-noon of the Catalan secession ambitions, I had to ask myself what this would mean for startups. After Brexit, we recently found in our research that 35% of European founders find London less attractive as a startup hub. What would happen to Barcelona’s popularity if they leave Spain and

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Thank you for Startup Heatmap Europe 2017!

After a successful launch in Madrid last week, Startup Heatmap Europe 2017, the benchmark report on the mobility of startup founders in Europe and their perceptions of the best tech hubs to start up, is now available for download. Since 2016, more than 1000 European founders from over 30 EU countries have shared their favourite

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