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15/08/2013 by

Top 20 Entrepreneurial Hot Spots Around The Globe

Silicon Valley has long been regarded as prime breeding ground for entrepreneurial hot spots, but  a number of cities worldwide have become successful startup incubators too.


According to the Startup Ecosystem Report 2012, 20 business ecosystems are the most active startup hubs in the world. And I must say, there are some remarkable cities among them such as Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv has the highest output of startups and a healthy mix of startups in all stages. Importantly, Israel attracts a high number of immigrants. As the only “European” startup hub, Tel Aviv has no funding gap.

I thought that European cities such as London en Berlin would score higher. I once heard that London is the female tech entrepreneur capital of Europe, but still scores poor on a global scale.

Berlin has a healthy mix of early stage and late stage startups, but it feels a bit like a Hype. It is definitely a creative city which should score higher in the near future.

For the full list and more about the top 20 entrepreneurial cities around the world, take a look at the infographic below (click on it for a larger view).


My opinion?
You already had some opinion in this article, but my most important opinion is towards my city, Amsterdam.

According to serial entrepreneur and Silicon Valley veteran Dan Harple, Amsterdam is a hotspot for internet start-ups.

He describes the start-up scene in Amsterdam as “cutting edge” and “state of the art”, even going so far as to say that in comparison with Berlin and London, Amsterdam “rocks”.

I do agree with Harple, the quality of living is great, the city is somehow affordable and it is estimated that around 200 international app developers have settled in Amsterdam.

But why is Amsterdam not in this list? And if you know why, what needs to be done here?

What about you?
So what are your thoughts after reading the infographic? Surprised? And why do think my home town Amsterdam is not in it?

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Laurens Bianchi is an independent online (sport) marketing professional from the Netherlands and has been blogging on ViralBlog since 2008. Currently Laurens is also the Social Media Consultant for the Royal Dutch Football Association.


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  • Igor Beuker
    15/08/2013, 20:40

    Italy, Barcelona, Hyper Island, Berlin, London: all staggering start-up ecosystems, Amsterdam not.

    Between seeds like Rockstart and Start-up Bootcamp and Cyrte & Endeit there is no significant setting, ecosystem or platform.

    Take Italy for example, have you seen H-farm? 40+ start-ups at one major farm…

    Stunning triple play setting: incubation (40 start-ups on one farm), education (powerful academy) and innovation (lab and start-ups on request). Brilliant setting, and large fund, including Renzo Rosso (Diesel founder) and Bertelsmann or check some of the photos here

    We have I Amsterdam, great for tourists. Most Dutch start-ups go to SF/ SV for funding..