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The world’s top 10 start-up hubs

Con Terzis
Con TerzisCommercial Inside Sales Manager, ANZ
A Lenovo veteran of 12 years since the PC acquisition from IBM, and there has never been a dull moment. Throughout my time in sales I have seen a lot of change and it is this ever changing market that continues to excite me about working for a leading technology company. In my current role as Commercial Inside Sales Manager for ANZ, my extensive experience with both end user and channel partners allows me to guide my team on the path to delivering innovative products and solutions to our customers.

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The global start-up scene is thriving, and making the world a smaller, more connected place.  A GEM Global Report revealed that 100 million businesses launch around the globe on an annual basis. While venture capitalists invested US$42 billion in 2012, with nearly 70% of funding to the U.S. scene, start-up hubs are emerging all over the world and capturing the attention of Venture Capitals (VCs) and innovators.

Here are the top start-up hubs and emerging tech scenes of 2017:


Despite the high rent, this island fosters a serious pro-business climate. It provides a wealth of networking opportunities and generous start-up support.

Bangalore, India

Known as the Silicon Valley of India, this thriving city is home to 4900 start-ups, including many Eastern branches of major tech companies. With $2.3 billion in investments, it’s flourishing with VC activity and more than half of all Indian start-ups.

Paris, France

The mecca for European start-ups, it’s the 2nd largest start-up hub in Europe. Parisian entrepreneurs will be launching the world’s largest tech incubator in April 2017.

Lisbon, Portugal

With affordable rent, a laid-back lifestyle, young entrepreneurs are increasingly drawn to the sun-laden city that hosted 2016’s Web Summit.

Berlin, Germany

The German capital was 2015’s fastest growing start-up ecosystem globally.  Affordable rent makes it attractive for early-stage start-ups, seeing one start-up founded every 20 minutes.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Entrepreneurism is alive and well in Tel Aviv. With hundreds of accelerators and co-working spaces throughout the city, starting a company is trending.

Moscow, Russia

Tax incentives and quality education are reason enough why 6000 tech companies launched in the city between 2011 and 2016.

Stockholm, Sweden          

On a per capita basis, Stockholm is the 2nd largest start-up hub. With the fame of Plentiful Unicorns and world-leading technology, 22,000 start-ups call it home.

London, England

With 7.2 billion pounds invested in London start-ups in 2016 alone, Europe’s number one hub is thriving.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

With three of Latin America’s top engineering schools, a pro-business president, and intentional investment into co-working spaces, this city is on the verge of becoming the “it” place for entrepreneurs.

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