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Startup Pantheons is a category of special entities that are taken into consideration in the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Index. The other categories include unicorns, exits and global startup influencers. 

There are 240 Startup Pantheons included in the 2022 Index, which can be viewed on the StartupBlink map. A Pantheon is a category coined by StartupBlink which includes companies like SpaceX, Microsoft, and Netflix; companies that are no longer a startup or a unicorn, but still have a substantial impact on their startup ecosystem and its brand. Organizations such as Ycombinator, StartupChile, and the Estonian E-Residency program are also considered part of the Pantheon group, as their trailblazing initiatives impact the growth and legacy of their ecosystems. These Pantheons are categorized into three tiers depending on their impact and quality.

Below is the complete list of Pantheons:

Pantheon NameCountry
UberUnited States
UdemyUnited States
SEMrushUnited States
GrouponUnited States
ZendeskUnited States
AirbnbUnited States
HubSpotUnited States
SpotifySweden
WazeIsrael
StripeUnited States
SupercellFinland
TencentChina
AtlassianAustralia
CoinbaseUnited States
InstacartUnited States
TinderUnited States
CrunchbaseUnited States
DuolingoUnited States
TechstarsUnited States
DoorDashUnited States
RippleUnited States
DatabricksUnited States
ZohoIndia
ZalandoGermany
WixIsrael
Trip AdvisorUnited States
Delivery HeroGermany
Jet.comUnited States
Just EatUnited Kingdom
MailchimpUnited States
ShopifyCanada
PayoneerUnited States
SquareUnited States
BadooRussia
WechatChina
Stack OverflowUnited States
NaspersSouth Africa
ShazamUnited Kingdom
SoundcloudSweden
etsyUnited States
CBInsightsUnited States
Palantir TechnologiesUnited States
WeWorkUnited States
Lu.comChina
InforUnited States
LyftUnited States
WishUnited States
SenseTimeChina
YuanfudaoChina
OpenDoor LabsUnited States
GlassdoorUnited States
RappiColombia
GlovoSpain
RevolutUnited Kingdom
KlarnaSweden
Ant FinancialChina
eToroUnited Kingdom
NubankBrazil
RobinhoodUnited States
BaiduChina
Didi ChuxingChina
JUUL LabsUnited States
Epic GamesUnited States
UiPathRomania
BYJU’SIndia
Snowflake ComputingUnited States
RivianUnited States
AuroraUnited States
DiscordUnited States
Checkout.comUnited Kingdom
RobloxUnited States
CourseraUnited States
ZoomUnited States
Jumia GroupNigeria
Beyond MeatUnited States
SlackUnited States
PinterestUnited States
GitHubUnited States
FlipkartIndia
SnapUnited States
SkyscannerUnited Kingdom
BoxUnited States
FitbitUnited States
WoltFinland
YandexRussia
XiaomiChina
ChimeUnited States
SubstackUnited States
BytedanceChina
CanvaAustralia
ClubhouseUnited States
GojekIndonesia
NotionUnited States
SHEINChina
Kuaishou TechnologyChina
BumbleUnited States
AstraZenecaUnited Kingdom
Verizon CommunicationsUnited States
Walt DisneyUnited States
WiseUnited Kingdom
Yahoo!United States
FujitsuJapan
Greylock PartnersUnited States
Hewlett Packard EnterpriseUnited States
Kleiner PerkinsUnited States
MastercardUnited States
MercadoLibreArgentina
MindvalleyMalaysia
NvidiaUnited States
Recruit HoldingsJapan
SalesforceUnited States
Sequoia CapitalUnited States
American ExpressUnited States
Andreessen HorowitzUnited States
AOLUnited States
Applied MaterialsUnited States
BroadcomUnited States
Deutsche TelekomGermany
Activision BlizzardUnited States
WikipediaUnited States
eBayUnited States
CheckpointIsrael
Startup ChileChile
Y CombinatorUnited States
M-PesaKenya
AdobeUnited States
ASUSTaiwan
NetflixUnited States
PayPalUnited States
SAP Software SolutionsGermany
TSMC TaiwanTaiwan
IndeedUnited States
InstagramUnited States
New RelicUnited States
Rocket InternetGermany
ZapposUnited States
Kakao CorporationSouth Korea
Oculus VRUnited States
Tableau SoftwareUnited States
TeslaUnited States
TumblrUnited States
MicrosoftUnited States
NestleSwitzerland
NovartisSwitzerland
Schneider ElectricFrance
SingtelSingapore
TelefonicaSpain
OrangeFrance
AsosUnited Kingdom
FoxconnTaiwan
VodafoneUnited Kingdom
DysonUnited Kingdom
SiemensGermany
BoschGermany
HitachiJapan
PanasonicJapan
RakutenJapan
SoftbankJapan
ToshibaJapan
JDChina
LenovoChina
LGSouth Korea
PhilipsThe Netherlands
SamsungSouth Korea
SonyJapan
AlibabaChina
HuaweiChina
MobileyeIsrael
NokiaFinland
EricssonSweden
SkypeSweden
AT&TUnited States
QualcommUnited States
DellUnited States
Lockheed MartinUnited States
BoeingUnited States
CiscoUnited States
ComcastUnited States
IBMUnited States
IntelUnited States
KickstarterUnited States
OracleUnited States
PfizerUnited States
TwitterUnited States
AmazonUnited States
ExpediaUnited States
GoogleUnited States
Apple PayUnited States
Booking.comThe Netherlands
FacebookUnited States
InfosysIndia
Texas InstrumentsUnited States
UnityUnited States
VisaUnited States
E-ResidencyEstonia
SberBankRussia
KasperskyRussia
AirbusFrance
AngelListUnited States
SiftedUnited Kingdom
GrabSingapore
FtxThe Bahamas
Start-up Nation bookIsrael
Mozilla CorporationUnited States
SpaceXUnited States
Stanford UniversityUnited States
MITUnited States
Harvard Business SchoolUnited States
The Linux FoundationUnited States
SteamUnited States
Electronic ArtsUnited States
KingUnited Kingdom
JBLUnited States
SandiskUnited States
Match.comUnited States
WhatsAppUnited States
AWSUnited States
YoutubeUnited States
TechcrunchUnited States
Israel Defense ForcesIsrael
ModernaUnited States
Google PayUnited States
GDPRBelgium
Skolkovo Innovation CenterRussia
Miami-Dade County cryptocurrency task forceUnited States
WalmartUnited States
StatistaGermany
AcerTaiwan
BioNTechGermany
TwitchUnited States
WiredUnited States
The VergeUnited States
PitchbookUnited States
The Next WebThe Netherlands
CESUnited States
Mobile World CapitalSpain
SXSW ConferenceUnited States
Collision ConferenceCanada
Web SummitPortugal
SlushFinland

One more factor taken into account in an ecosystem’s score is the presence of 150 global startup influencers with an impact reaching far beyond their local ecosystems. These influencers are usually CEOs of successful companies, but in some cases, they include leading figures in self-funding methodologies or thought leaders in specific technologies. A city where an influencer like Bill Gates or Elon Musk resides has an allure that attracts more entrepreneurs and investors to the ecosystem. 75% of global influencers are currently in the United States, revealing the disproportionate global and cultural influence of this ecosystem. We hope other countries will produce more of these mega high-tech heroes, as they are needed globally for inspiration, financing, and narrative building. Startup Influencers are also categorized into three tiers, similar to Pantheons.

Below is the complete list of global startup influencers:

NameCountry
Alex BlumbergUnited States
Vitalik ButerinSingapore
Michael SaylorUnited States
Jessica LivingstoneUnited Kingdom
Jerome PowellUnited States
Saifedean AmmousJordan
David VelezBrazil
Changpeng ZhaoSingapore
Yuval Noah HarariIsrael
Vladimir TenevUnited States
Sam Bankman-FriedThe Bahamas
Tim O’ReillyUnited States
Simon SinekUnited States
Rory SutherlandUnited Kingdom
Marissa MayerUnited States
Lex FridmanUnited States
Jeff ClavierUnited States
Brian CheskyUnited States
Evan WilliamsUnited States
Emmanuel MacronFrance
Dick CostoloUnited States
Cathie WoodUnited States
Cameron WinklevossUnited States
Boris Veldhuijzen van ZantenThe Netherlands
Bill GrossUnited States
Anne WojcickiUnited States
Andy GroveUnited States
Brian ArmstrongUnited States
Sean ParkerUnited States
Steve WozniakUnited States
Daniel EkUnited States
Eric SchmidtUnited States
Francis SuarezUnited States
Melanie PerkinsAustralia
Tim SweeneyUnited States
Nassim Nicholas TalebUnited States
Whitney Wolfe HerdUnited States
Alex LiebermanUnited States
Anthony PomplianoUnited States
Chamath PalihapitiyaUnited States
Dan AndrewsUnited States
Guy RazUnited States
Joe RoganUnited States
Phil KnightUnited States
Susan WojcickiUnited States
Tyler WinklevossUnited States
Carlos SlimMexico
Drew HoustonUnited States
Evan SpiegelUnited States
Howard SchultzUnited States
Jeff WeinerUnited States
John DoerrUnited States
Jony IveUnited States
Larry EllisonUnited States
Larry PageUnited States
Patrick P. GelsingerUnited States
Sal KhanUnited States
Sergey BrinUnited States
Daniel ZhangChina
Eric YuanUnited States
Liu QiangdongChina
Reed HastingsUnited States
Satya NadellaUnited States
Sundar PichaiUnited States
Zhang YimingChina
Warren BuffetUnited States
Steve JobsUnited States
Daymond JohnUnited States
John ChambersUnited States
Russell BrunsonUnited States
Neil PatelUnited States
Cassie KozyrkovUnited States
Nir EyalUnited States
Andy RachleffUnited States
Micahel DellUnited States
Mike MaplesUnited States
Michael GerberUnited States
Balaji SrinivasanUnited States
Oussama AmmarUnited Kingdom
Paddy CosgraveIreland
Sheryl SandbergUnited States
Caterina FakeUnited States
Paul GrahamUnited States
David Heinemeier HanssonDenmark
Jager McConnellUnited States
Masayoshi SonJapan
Tobias LutkeCanada
Ashton KutcherUnited States
Adam NeumannIsrael
Marc BenioffUnited States
Tim CookUnited States
David CohenUnited States
Jason LemkinUnited States
Chris DixonUnited States
Ben HorowitzUnited States
Ben ThompsonTaiwan
Andrew ChenUnited States
Eric RiesUnited States
Michael MoritzUnited States
Kevin O’LearyCanada
Alexis OhanianUnited States
Arianna HuffingtonUnited States
Patrick CollisonUnited States
Jack MaChina
Travis KalanickUnited States
Jack DorseyUnited States
Jeff BezosUnited States
Aaron LevieUnited States
Michael ArringtonUnited States
Niklas ZennströmSweden
Anand SanwalUnited States
Jason CohenUnited States
Bill GatesUnited States
Derek SiversUnited States
Marc AndreessenUnited States
Gabriel WeinbergUnited States
Pieter LevelsThe Netherlands
Walt MosbergUnited States
Noah KaganUnited States
Ray DalioUnited States
Ricardo SemlerBrazil
Hiten ShahUnited States
Andrew WarnerUnited States
Kara SwisherUnited States
Mark ZuckerbergUnited States
Elon MuskUnited States
Sam AltmanUnited States
Peter ThielUnited States
Alex HillmanUnited States
Derek AndersenUnited States
Naval RavikantUnited States
Ryan HooverUnited States
Heidi RoizenUnited States
Pat FlynnUnited States
Mark SusterUnited States
Adeo RessiUnited States
Gary VaynerchukUnited States
Rob WallingUnited States
Jason CalacanisUnited States
Tim FerrissUnited States
Marc CubanUnited States
Mike ButcherUnited Kingdom
Yossi VardiIsrael
Reid HoffmanUnited States
Guy KawasakiUnited States
Richard BransonBritish Virgin Islands
Steve BlankUnited States
Seth GodinUnited States
Fred WilsonUnited States
Brad FeldUnited States