Startup Ecosystem Reports and Indexes

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In this article, we have compiled the world’s most important startup ecosystem reports and indexes that will help understand which are the best places to start businesses and where there is already a thriving community of entrepreneurs to support and guide you.

We have divided this article into 2 sections as follows-

  • Global reports – Presenting reports about global startup ecosystems
  • Local reports (as per regions) – Region-wise breakdown of relevant startup ecosystems

Since startup ecosystems are constantly evolving, we will be updating this article based on the availability of newer data. For now, we have researched and presented all relevant reports here. If you are interested to prepare your own city startup report, please contact us and we will feature you and your project once the article is published.

Global Startup Ecosystem Reports

In this section, we present the prominent reports on global startup ecosystems.

Startup Ecosystem Rankings Report – StartupBlink : The StartupBlink report ranks startup ecosystems across 954 cities and 125 countries around the world and provides ecosystem rankings for each country and city. The aim of this report is to feature and rank hundreds of locations instead of highlighting a few winners that are already well known. Additionally, this report considers not just startups, but also other critical players of the startup ecosystem like coworking spaces, accelerators, investors, leaders, etc.

Global Startup Ecosystem Report – Startup Genome : The Startup Genome report dives into leading startup ecosystem sub-sectors. This report focuses on developments in tech sector and provides an overview of the global startup landscape and highlights how the best startups are no longer concentrated in globally renowned hubs.

The Global Innovation Index 2018 : The Global Innovation Index (GII) provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 126 countries. It ranks countries on their innovativeness by analysing 80 indicators. This report is created by a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as co-publishers.

Local Startup Ecosystem Reports

This section features StartupBlink’s region-wise breakdown of the prominent startup ecosystem reports. Many cities within each region don’t have a report published yet and are open in case you wish to submit a report for that city. Contact us to submit your report.

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Europe is a growing startup hub. While Germany is a well known tech and automobile hub, United Kingdom ranks high for fin-tech and financial startups and France is keen on becoming a top startup destination.

Likewise, Northern European countries like Estonia, Finland, Norway and others are becoming very active startup hubs. They are also attracting global talent because of their easier immigration policies for entrepreneurs and digital nomads. Here are some of the reports from this region-

Germany
Frankfurt Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Joern Menninger & Paul Herwarth von Bittenfeld)
Frankfurt Startup Ecosystem Report (Startup Genome)
Berlin Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Klaus G. Kammermeier)
Leipzig Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Michal Jirasek and Gillain Berry)
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Germany 2016 (European Startup Monitor)

United Kingdom
London Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)
Deep Dive: London—a Top Hub for Startups (Fung Global Retail & Technology)
UK Startup Outlook 2018 (Silicon Valley Bank)

Ireland
Galway Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Donncha Hughes & John Breslin)

Spain
Canary Islands Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)
Santander Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Luis Negrete)
Barcelona Startup Ecosystem Report (Startup Genome)
Startup Ecosystem Overview 2018 (Mobile World Capital Report)
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Spain 2016 (European Startup Monitor)

France
Bordeaux Startup Ecosystem (Written by Fred Castagnac)
Paris Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)
Deep Dive: Paris—The Third-Largest European Startup Hub (Fung Global Retail & Technology)
A Booming Startup Ecosystem (La French Tech)

Italy
Milan Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Emil Abirascid)
Annual report to Parliament innovative startups and SMEs (Italian Ministry of Economic Development)
Italy Startup Survey (Istat)

Switzerland
Switzerland Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)
The Swiss Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report (Start-up Monitor Foundation)
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Switzerland 2016 (European Startup Monitor)

Luxembourg
Luxembourg Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Steve Glange)

Belgium
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Belgium (European Startup Monitor)

Portugal
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Portugal (European Startup Monitor)

Bulgaria
Sofia Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Aleksandar Petkov)
Sofia Business Guide 2018 (Invest Sofia)

Cyprus
Cyprus Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Stavriana Kofteros)
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Cyprus (European Startup Monitor)

Belarus
Belarus Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Tania Marinich)
Venture Funding in Belarus (Bel.biz “AidVenture” Project report)

Serbia
Belgrade Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Nikola Stojic)

Hungary
Budapest Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Hungary 2016 (European Startup Monitor)

Poland
Warsaw Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Marta Diana Koziarska)

Slovakia
Bratislava Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Allpacka.sk Team)

Czech Republic
Czech Startups Report (Aspen Institute)

Visegrad Startup Report (Aspen Institute)

Ukraine
Kharkiv Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Erminesoft team)
Kiev Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)

Greece
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Greece (European Startup Monitor)

Estonia
Estonia Startup Ecosystem Report (Startup Genome)

Austria
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Austria 2016 (European Startup Monitor)

Slovenia
European Startup Monitor – Country Report Slovenia 2016 (European Startup Monitor)

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North America still rules as the top startup ecosystem because of the presence of Silicon Valley and other American cities like New York and LA. Canada also has a developed startup scene and has Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal that rank high and boast of numerous startups.

Since this region already has well established networks and a strong entrepreneurial and VC community, it is easier for new startups to set up. This helps in creating a self-thriving startup system. Additionally, the presence of organizations like the Kauffman Foundation have helped boost entrepreneurship community in United States.

United States
Dallas Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Blake Burris, Devin Ellis and Debra Swersky)
South Bend Region Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Marshall V. King)
Chicago Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Sales Recruiters Chicago)
Durham Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Patrick Sheegog)
Early Stage US Startup Ecosystem Report October 2018 (Startup Genome)
How to innovate the Silicon Valley way (Deloitte report)
Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project – 2018 Update (Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project)
2018 Startup Outlook US Report (Silicon Valley Bank)

Canada
Whitepaper on the Canadian startup ecosystem (LatAm Startups)
Toronto Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)
From Concept to Commercialization A Startup Eco-system Strategy for the City of Toronto (City of Toronto)
Waterloo Startup Ecosystem Report (Startup Genome)

Latin America

Latin American startup ecosystem has been constantly evolving with cities like São Paulo, Santiago and Buenos Aires leading in the number of startups they have. Most of the startups from Latin America are focused on resolving local issues and are not very global.

Closer proximity to North America has helped Latin American startups by generating interest by VCs, accelerators, etc.

Start-up Latin America 2016 Building an Innovative Future (OECD Report)

Mexico
Guadalajara Startup Ecosystem Reports (Written by Oscar Terrazas)
Mexico City Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Brenda Gonzalez Riviello)
Monterrey Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Juan Manuel Nuñez Nieto)

Venezuela
Caracas Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Karina Taboelle)

Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Luis Diego Rojas)

Brazil
Rio de Janeiro Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Monique Fernandes)
Sao Paulo Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)

Argentina & Uruguay
Whitepaper on the Argentina and Uruguay startup ecosystem (LatAm Startups)

Chile
Start-up Chile and the Chilean Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (Startup Chile)

Asiaasia

Asia is home to many startup unicorns and boasts of several startups that have gone global successfully. Apart from being very talent rich, Asia also has the biggest manufacturing hub in Shenzhen, China. This has helped several hardware and IoT startups in the region. China, India and Israel are some leading examples of countries with a thriving startup ecosystem.

Iran
Iran Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Amirreza Mohammadi)

Israel
Tel Aviv Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Ron Hadar)
Innovation in Israel 2017 (Israeli Innovation Authority)
Startups and venture capital in Israel (Geektime Annual Report 2017)

Gaza Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Rafat Abushaban)

India
Bangalore Startup Ecosystem Report (StartupBlink Article)
Hyderabad Startup Ecosystem Report  (Written by Raghuveer Kovuru)
Mumbai Startup Ecosystem Report  (StartupBlink Article)
Startups India – An Overview (Grant Thornton report)
Growth of Startup Ecosystems in India (ResearchGate publication)
Indian Start-up Ecosystem (NASSCOM Report)

Singapore
The Singapore Startup Scene Report  (Written by Leighton Peter Prabhu)

Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Startup Ecosystem Report  (Written by Rosanne Hortensius)

China
Hong Kong Startup Ecosystem Report (Startup Genome)
2018 Startup Outlook China Report (Silicon Valley Bank)
Chinese Innovation (Bay Area Council Economic Institute report)
China’s Innovation Ecosystem (World Economic Forum)
Hong Kong: Opportunities for startups in Hong Kong (Business Sweden)

Oceania

The Australian startup ecosystem is booming and Sydney and Melbourne lead the way. Australia’s startup ecosystem is uplifted by the fact that it is close to both the APAC region and Silicon Valley. Atlassian, Canva, 99Designs are some examples of successful companies from Australia. On the other hand, New Zealand’s startup ecosystem still has a long way to go.

Australia
Sydney Startup Ecosystem Report  (StartupBlink Article)
Brisbane Startup Ecosystem  (Written by Samuel Windall)
Melbourne Startup Ecosystem Report  (Written by Janet Sernack)
Melbourne Startup Ecosystem Report (Startup Genome)

New Zealand
Wellington Startup Ecosystem  (Written by Paul Spence)
New Zealand Startup Ecosystem Analysis (Startup genome)

Africa

Like Latin America, most of African startups are focussed on resolving local issues and are hence not global focussed. The African startup ecosystem is also evolving and many governments are now launching policies to facilitate the growth of startups and an entrepreneurial community.

Chad
Chad Startup Ecosystem Report (Written by Mohamed Ndonga Christian)

South Africa
Cape Town Startup Ecosystem Report  (StartupBlink Article)

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