Introducing Coronavirus Innovation Rankings

Coronavirus Innovation Map now features over 500 initiatives and solutions aiming to stop the COVID-19 virus as well as to help people cope and adapt to life amid the global pandemic. 

As we learn about new projects every day, we would like to acknowledge and celebrate the innovators in the most active locations on the coronavirus innovation scene. We are proud to release the first-ever global COVID-19 Innovation Ranking featuring the top 20 cities and the top 10 countries on the scene. 

In its current form, the rankings consider the number of innovations in each city and country, with extra scores applied for selected outstanding initiatives, identified as the “champions”. Although StartupBlink has a broad experience in startup ecosystem research and rankings, this is only our early attempt to quantify innovation in the coronavirus context. The current COVID-19 Innovation Ranking methodology is not evergreen and we will continue adapting and innovating the algorithm as we gather more data.

The ranking will be updated daily and you can influence it by submitting innovative projects related to COVID-19 here.

The world needs good news now. We hope that the rankings will energize and encourage the innovators around the world who will work even harder against the virus.


With the emergence and clear effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), people around the world are dramatically changing all aspects of life. This is an unfortunate circumstance that no one can escape, but as human beings are resilient creatures, we survive, and most importantly, we innovate.

We at StartupBlink recognize this change, and we decided to use our technology to help spread the innovation in this global quest to stop the virus. Together with the Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx) by UNAIDS and Moscow Agency of Innovations, we have launched the Coronavirus Innovation Map.


EP-7: Andrew Berkowitz, Founder and Host of the Global Startup Movement Podcast talks about how technology helps developing startup ecosystems

Today we have an interesting interview with Andrew Berkowitz who is the Founder and Host of the Global Startup Movement Podcast, one of the largest global startup ecosystem podcasts in the world. In this episode, Andrew tells his story on how he started his podcast and why he chose to focus on the topic of global startup ecosystems.

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What are Pantheon companies?

StartupBlink believes in the power of success stories and their psychological impact on creating an entrepreneurial mindset. The strength of startup ecosystems lies in the diverse range of projects and players, and, from now on, “Pantheon companies” as well.  Pantheons are both present and former unicorns that made a substantial impact on the international level.

Such companies revolutionized industries, inspired the creation of other projects and added to the local economies. Their success stories persist despite the fact that the company has no longer the same importance. In order to evaluate the power of location in Startup Ecosystem Rankings Report, we will take into account unique supernovas that stood the test of time and are continuing to influence the startup ecosystem in various ways.

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Startup ecosystem development consulting

The governments and municipalities around the world are starting to understand that startup ecosystems are the new oil and it is the resource to invest in and create wealth. Public sector entities are starting off by putting tremendous amounts of money into startup ecosystem development. However, as we have learned working with dozens of governments and municipalities as part of Ecosystem Partnership program, they are committing a fundamental error.

First and foremost, thinking that enormous investments are the only thing that is needed to have a thriving startup ecosystem without any prior understanding of what works the best for different startup ecosystems and, most importantly plan or structure. Such information is critical and should include deep layered research on both, similar locations to yours and the past of your startup ecosystem. Nevertheless, it should be taken into account that every startup ecosystem is different and it changes according to regions. 

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