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Mapping the perceived quality of startup hubs in Europe, this shows where startup founders in Europe are from and which places they consider best to startup.

The European Startup Initiative research group is actively involved in studying the european startup ecosystem. The main goal of this project is to visualize the positive effects of competition among startup hubs in Europe. This study can help to guide decision makers as well as member of the community to take action to make Europe an even better place to start a company.

Hot debate is wrapped around the question where Europe’s hottest startup hub is evolving. Cities like London, Berlin or Stockholm are parading their merits to be viewed as the most innovative spot for startups on the continent. Indeed, perception is decisive in this competition as it subconsciously influences the choice of location for both startups and investors. The narrative of the Silicon Valley as the land of opportunity is in a way the prerequisite of its unprecedented triumph. We are therefore mapping the perception of startup hubs in Europe – and how far their reputation travels.

Startup heatmap survey

In this project we are helping the European Startup Initiative team to create a website through which collect the data, visualize it and report interesting findings. In this first stage of the project we already built the survey and the visualization that can be viewed here. Soon we will release an interactive version of the map that will let the user play with the collected data.