In focus: The world's best start-up hubs

For years reporting of start-up culture seemed to be focused on the activities of businesses based in Silicon Valley, with seemingly little room for start-up success stories to take place outside of the West Coast narrative.

While this tech hot-bed still dictates headlines at the billion dollar end of the scale, there has been a growing acceptance that our increasingly connected world has sprouted a number of other thriving start-up hubs, often in places you’d least expect to find them.

Our latest In focus series sees us pack our bags and head off in search of the world's most vibrant start-up hubs, as we speak with entrepreneurs based in cities across Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Australia. Throughout this month we’ll be profiling these different territories with exclusive insight, getting start-ups to detail the highs and lows of doing business in their city, as well as providing expert tips and advice for anyone looking to relocate their own business.

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The world's best start-up hubs: Oslo, Norway

Norway is one of the richest countries in the world and its capital, Oslo, is currently Europe’s fastest growing capital city. But what does its start-up ecosystem have to offer entrepreneurs?

The world's best start-up hubs: Tel Aviv, Israel

Ask any entrepreneur for a list of the most renowned cities in the world for starting-up in and you can be sure that Tel Aviv will be one of the first names to roll off their tongue, but why exactly has the Israeli city garnered such a glittering reputation in the start-up community?

The world's best start-up hubs: Athens, Greece

Found on the crossroads between East, West, North and South - Athens, the so called ‘craddle of civilization’, offers a fusion of talent, consumer needs and aspirations to tap into as well as current reforms which are setting the motions for improving the bureaucratic downside...

The world's best start-up hubs: Istanbul, Turkey

For today’s installment of our world’s best start-up hubs series we take a trip down the Bosphorus to Istanbul, a city that plays home to a start-up scene with a real edge...

Guatemala City, Guatemala

It may not be the first place you would think of starting a business, but Guatemala City has a lot to offer start-ups. Especially those in the telecoms field...

Glasgow: The rise and fall of a start-up hub

If I was writing for Virgin 150 years ago, I would have said that without question the world’s best start-up hub was the Scottish city of Glasgow. 

Wellington, New Zealand

Is this the most southerly start-up hub in the world? Quite possibly, but is it also the best? A series of incubators, accelerators programmes, networking events and investment schemes have been popping up in Wellington as of late...

Paris, France

In terms of European cities with a proven history of start-up success stories Paris may lag behind the likes of Berlin and London in the eyes of some, but things seems to be changing...

Startup Cities: Can entrepreneurship save politics?

If the past month has told us anything, it’s that there are thriving start-up hubs in literally every corner of the earth. But besides nurturing some of the biggest businesses of tomorrow, what impact can theses hubs have on our lives?

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

To Southeast Asia and Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon), where there seems to be a fascinating start-up culture unravelling amongst both Vietnamese natives and expats...

Berlin, Germany

Forget Silicon Valley, Berlin’s Silicon Allee has been one of the most talked about start-up hub in the world for some years now, but how does it compare to its West Coast rival?

New York, USA

Our final stop off in North America, as we continue the search for the world's best start-up hub, takes us to New York. So, does its start-up credentials live up to all the hype?

All you need to know about starting-up in Asia

Is Asia the best place in the world to launch a start-up? Quite possibly. We guide you through the ins and outs of starting a business in the continent, with some expert help...

Bangalore, India

Anyone who has a good idea for a start-up will struggle to get it off the ground in Silicon Valley these days. The erstwhile capital of start-ups, the Bay Area in California, is now proving too costly for many fledgling businesses and the barriers of immigration and competition for local talent are only compounding matters...

Seattle, USA 

​Jonny Miller and the Maptia team spent some time in Seattle with the intensive TechStars accelerator, we spoke with him to gain a better understanding of what the city has to offer start-ups...

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is now home to a raft of start-up accelerators and incubators, which have resulted in a rapid expansion in microbusinesses in the city. If you’re looking for a push in the right direction then the likes of Startmate, Founder Institute, Ignition Labs and Pushstart have a proven track record of doing exactly that...

Birmingham, England

Could Birmingham really be the new Shoreditch, we hear you ask? Well yes, according to Business Birmingham, who invaded the recent London Tech Week to paint a picture of a thriving start-up hub in the heart of the Midlands. We decided it was time to investigate further...

Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden is said to have the most digitally connected economy in the world, with an impressive history of start-up success. Between 2005 and 2012 around 6.5% of all global billion dollar exits were companies from Sweden...

Which is the best city in the world to start up in?

Bowei Gai of World Startup Wiki recently undertook his own globetrotting, start-up adventure, travelling the world for nine months, with the aim of documenting global start-up culture. Having taken in a total of 29 countries and 36 cities, we figured Bowei would be a good port of call when trying to decide which city is best suited to starting-up in.

Singapore

Singapore has recently seen a flurry of new tech start-ups spring up in the sovereign city-state, as its microbusiness ecosystem continues to flourish...

Taghazout, Morocco

Having visited some of the global start-up scene powerhouses such as London, Melbourne andSantiago, we decide to go off the beaten track, to the Moroccan fishing village of Taghazout...

Mexico City, Mexico

An increasingly attractive proposition for US start-ups, Mexico City has recently seen the opening of co-working spaces such as El 3er Espacio, accelerators in the shape of Mexican. VC.as well as whole host of conferences and networking events...

Cairo, Egypt

With a bustling population of 90 million, 50% of which are below the age of 30 and tech savvy, Egypt is suddenly staking a claim as one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial hubs in the world...

Bali, Indonesia

Today our tour of the world’s best start-up hubs takes us to Asia for the first time, as we pay a visit to the island province of Bali...

Bucharest, Romania

Think global start-up hubs and Romania is probably not the first country that springs to mind. But maybe it’s time to give things a rethink...

Melbourne, Australia

Our first stop off in Australia, as we continue the search for the world’s best start-up hub, sees us touch down in Melbourne, a city regularly touted as a hot-bed of young, creative talent...

Santiago, Chile

For today’s world start-up hub focus we travel to Santiago - a city which has garnered much praise from the start-up community as of late - and speak with two experts in the region about the ups and downs of doing business in Chile...

London, England

Kicking off our look at the world’s best start-up hubs is Lexie Sport founder and Virgin StartUp entrepreneur Lily Rice, who assess the credentials of London’s thriving microbusiness scene...

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