The 2017 edition of the Startup Heatmap Europe survey ran from April to July. 321 founders from 30 countries responded to our call. The survey was closed and based on invitation. We worked with the research team of Pitchbook to identify a representative and random sample of for all the European startups registered in their database.
Having been two weeks in Spain amidst the high-noon of the Catalan secession ambitions, I had to ask myself what this would mean for startups. After Brexit, we recently found in our research that 35% of European founders find London less attractive as a startup hub. What would happen to Barcelona’s popularity if they leave Spain and
After a successful launch in Madrid last week, Startup Heatmap Europe 2017, the benchmark report on the mobility of startup founders in Europe and their perceptions of the best tech hubs to start up, is now available for download. Since 2016, more than 1000 European founders from over 30 EU countries have shared their favourite
The recent results of the “Startup Heatmap Europe” study confirm founders’ hypermobility in Europe and give founders’ perceptions of how Brexit might affect the European startup ecosystem. Founders’ perceptions indicate five hubs evolved especially strong this year: Amsterdam, Dublin, Stockholm, Lisbon, and Munich. With 21% of founders being foreign-born and 50% of the founders wanting
Not long ago, the European Startup Initiative had the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Startup Ecosystem Summit in Cologne. Hosted by Pirate Global, directly preceding their flagship Pirate Summit, the Ecosystem Summit brought together startup community organizers, movers and shakers from over 30 different startup ecosystems across the world. Here, participants discussed the
The RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy) Act was formally announced by Donald Trump at the White House on August 2. If enacted, the RAISE Act would be one of the most drastic changes of US immigration policy since the 1980’s. The act advocates for a 50% cut in legal immigration numbers and the
When people think about the German startup landscape, most minds immediately go to the hype of Berlin, or the technical excellence of Munich. However, Hamburg, a coastal city in the north of Germany is distinguishing itself as an incredible destination for startups. Here are ten serious reasons why you might want to consider Hamburg for your startup (and
An intriguing new survey on 700+ founders reinforces the notion that hotspots in the Nordic countries are increasingly gaining reputation as best places to startup in Europe. The study called Startup Heatmap Europe asked entrepreneurs to choose which cities they would locate their startups if they could begin again. Interestingly, the Nordic region brings two
If you want to understand what is happening in the world today, I strongly believe, you need to study the evolution of global cities. In particular, the writings of Saskia Sassen, author of “The Global City” and “Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages” have opened my eyes to a fascinating phenomenon, one which the
“In Estonia, it is super easy to start a company.” I am watching two aspiring founders in their early twenties at a startup meetup in Berlin. Chatting about which European startup hub is the best to build a company has grown to be commonplace during these events. How come location is such a big topic?