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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What you need to know about Lisbon and WebSummit

After remarkable performance in the start-up ecosystem in Europe, for the second consecutive year, the capital of Portugal gets to host Web Summit. Coincidence or well-deserved achievement? Lisbon is the 8th most preferred start-up hub in Europe, followed by Munich and Milan. Lisbon’s presence on Europe’s ecosystem is rather recent but compared to many already

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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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StartUs Magazine reports on Startup Heatmap Launch 2017

The recent results of the “Startup Heatmap Europe” study confirm founders’ hypermobility in Europe and give founders’ perceptions of how Brexit might affect the European startup ecosystem. Founders’ perceptions indicate five hubs evolved especially strong this year: Amsterdam, Dublin, Stockholm, Lisbon, and Munich. With 21% of founders being foreign-born and 50% of the founders wanting

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Key lessons from the Inaugural Startup Ecosystem Summit

Not long ago, the European Startup Initiative had the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Startup Ecosystem Summit in Cologne. Hosted by Pirate Global, directly preceding their flagship Pirate Summit, the Ecosystem Summit brought together startup community organizers, movers and shakers from over 30 different startup ecosystems across the world. Here, participants discussed the

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