A Creative Cities Guide For Entrepreneurs

The World’s Best Startup Ecosystems and Tech Hubs

By Kyle Pearce

 

This list is complied from Startup Genome, a yearly report on the world’s top startup ecosystems. The rankings on factors like access to capital, talent, successful startups and cultural openness.

  • 25. Stockholm, Sweden

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    The openness and progressive thinking of Sweden has made this place a haven for startups and creative people.

  • 24. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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    Amsterdam’s storied history as a major port city makes it open to entrepreneurs and new ideas from all over the world. Dutch tax laws are also excellent, meaning many tech companies are moving here.

  • 23. Montreal, Canada

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    The most inexpensive and culturally rich of Canada’s major cities, Montreal has a thriving scene for startups, artists and musicians.

  • 22. Portland, Oregon

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    The city where young people go to retire has a thriving startup community. An outdoorsy lifestyle and a strong community that wants to buy local make Portland a hotbed for smart, creative people.

  • 21. Austin, Texas

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    A technology center and liberal enclave in the conservative Texas. One of the best music and cultural scenes in the US and a low cost of living make this a good spot for bootstrapping startups.

  • 20. Santiago, Chile

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    The Startup Chile program has really put Chile on the map. With it’s relatively low corruption, small debt and extremely low taxes, Chile is the best place to launch a startup in South America.

  • 19. Bangalore, India

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    The startup and technology hub of India, Bangalore has excellent local Universities and has grown beyond it’s reputation as a global outsourcing hub to a more homegrown startup ecosystem.

  • 18. Melbourne, Australia

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    Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia is giving Sydney a run for its money as the best place to build a startup in Oz. A fun city that is full of energy and local talent.

  • 17. Singapore

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    This city state in South East Asia has a booming export economy and some of the lowest taxes in the world. The startup community is growing and entrepreneurs are moving here from all over the world.

  • 16. Waterloo, Canada

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    A small city outside of Toronto, Waterloo is home to Canada’s top Computer Science program and is the headquarters of Blackberry and a thriving startup community.

  • 15. Berlin, Germany

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    Berlin is probably the best place to build a startup in Europe today. This energetic and diverse city offers excellent local talent and the lowest cost of living for major Western European cities.

  • 14. Moscow, Russia

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    Never underestimate the homegrown talent of the Russians. Moscow is a thriving startup ecosystem and Russia has developed a dynamic set of local alternative to major US-based cloud-based services.

  • 13. Sao Paulo, Brazil

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    Brazil has made efforts in recent years to cut red tape and make the country more open to entrepreneurs. Sao Paulo has become the hub for the country’s growing startup ecosystem.

  • 12. Sydney, Australia

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    The biggest city in Australia has a thriving startup community and an excellent lifestyle with beautiful beaches and a laid back Aussie mentality.

  • 11. Paris, France

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    A startup visa program by France’s government, a stronger willingness among young French people to take risks and an educated workforce has made Paris the most dynamic startup hub on the continent.

  • 10. Chicago, Illinois

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    Chicago is the midwest’s hub for startups. The Groupon phenomenon has really been a shot in the arm for the Chicago startup ecosystem which has exploded in the last 5 years.

  • 9. Vancouver, Canada

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    For entrepreneurs that want work-life balance, Vancouver is a laid back outdoor recreation mecca. The neighbourhood of Gastown is full of startups and the community of entrepreneurs here is strong.

  • Toronto, Canada

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    The most multicultural city in the world, Toronto is a radical social experiment in bridging the gap between different cultures and people. The city is an excellent launching pad for new startups.

  • 7. London, England

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    The city of London provides good access to capital and the largest startup ecosystem in Western Europe. The diversity of this cosmopolitan city is its best asset.

  • 6. Boston, Massachusetts

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    With many of Ivy Leagues best schools like Harvard, MIT and Yale nearby, Boston is one of the best places in the world to find cutting edge tech talent.

  • 5. New York City, New York

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    The city that never sleeps offers a lot to entrepreneurs who want to live and work relentlessly on their startup. Good access to capital, a magnet for talent and trend setters.

  • 4. Seattle, Washington

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    The small city that spawned Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon and Expedia is a hotbed for startups. 8 months of rain makes it easy to focus and work hard on building a successful business.

  • 3. Los Angeles, California

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    The center of Hollywood and the global showbiz industry, Los Angeles has long been magnet for people chasing dreams. The LA melting pot and good access to capital make this sunny city a great spot.

  • 2. Tel Aviv, Israel

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    3 years of mandatory military service for both men and woman has made Israel a made Israel a thriving startup ecosystem with disciplined, battle-hardened entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries.

  • 1. San Francisco Bay Area

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    The epiccentre of the global startup ecosystem, the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley to the south provides the best place in the world for raising capital and finding talent.

Smart entrepreneurial people with creative skills tend to congregate in and around major urban innovation hubs. All of these creative cities are magnets for entrepreneurs and creative people from all over the world. These urban environments accelerate innovation by grouping smart people together so they can collaborate and learn from each other.

If you really want to kickstart your career or online business, I highly recommend moving around or spending some time in a global innovation hub like the San Francisco Bay Area, Tel Aviv, Berlin or London.

In this growing guide to some of the world’s best creative cities and startup hubs for entrepreneurs, I want to focus on lesser known cities that offer creative talent at a more reasonable price, a killer work-lifestyle balance, incredible natural beauty and a strong community of entrepreneurs and creative professionals.

To get things started, I want to start with the two creative cities that I’ve spent the most time living in the last couple years: Vancouver, Canada and Santiago, Santiago, Chile.

1. An Entrepreneur’s Guide To Startups, Funding and Innovation in Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful Vancouver Canada

2. An Entrepreneur’s Guide To Startups, Funding and Innovation in Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile