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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Tech responses to the RAISE Act

The RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy) Act was formally announced by Donald Trump at the White House on August 2. If enacted, the RAISE Act would be one of the most drastic changes of US immigration policy since the 1980’s. The act advocates for a 50% cut in legal immigration numbers and the

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Beyond Berlin: Why not startup in Hamburg?

When people think about the German startup landscape, most minds immediately go to the hype of Berlin, or the technical excellence of Munich. However, Hamburg, a coastal city in the north of Germany is distinguishing itself as an incredible destination for startups. Here are ten serious reasons why you might want to consider Hamburg for your startup (and

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New ranking confirms Nordic cities among top 10 startup hubs in Europe

An intriguing new survey on 700+ founders reinforces the notion that hotspots in the Nordic countries are increasingly gaining reputation as best places to startup in Europe. The study called Startup Heatmap Europe asked entrepreneurs to choose which cities they would locate their startups if they could begin again. Interestingly, the Nordic region brings two

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7 theses on the future of cities

If you want to understand what is happening in the world today, I strongly believe, you need to study the evolution of global cities. In particular, the writings of Saskia Sassen, author of “The Global City” and “Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages” have opened my eyes to a fascinating phenomenon, one which the

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Why the fuss about location in the European startup scene?

“In Estonia, it is super easy to start a company.” I am watching two aspiring founders in their early twenties at a startup meetup in Berlin. Chatting about which European startup hub is the best to build a company has grown to be commonplace during these events. How come location is such a big topic?

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Startup Germany and the fight for talent

There is a fierce tussle among startup hotspots to see who can attract the best entrepreneurial minds. Already, 1 in 5 European founders have started a company abroad. That is 5 times the likelihood of cross-country mobility of an average European citizen! Querying their motivations, Startup Heatmap Europe reveals that talent, more than capital, is

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Where are startup investments in the EU coming from?

Which role does location play for a startup to get funded? Is capital truly mobile and do investors invest in all locations equally? These are the questions that kept us – as creators of the Startup Heatmap Europe – awake at night. Well, we thought, why not start having a look! Armed with access to

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