Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020: Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai rated among world’s top startup ecosystems

Two Indian cities on Thursday made it onto the top 40 of the world’s most favourable ecosystems to build a globally successful startup, topped by the Silicon Valley in California.

Bangalore was ranked 26th and Delhi 36th in ‘The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020’ by Startup Genome, with Mumbai topping a parallel “Top Emerging Ecosystems” ranking.

The Startup Genome report analyses cities around the world where early stage startups have the best shot at building global success.

“Delhi joins Bangalore in the list of top ecosystems, bringing the number of Indian cities represented up to two,” notes Startup Genome, a California-headquartered innovation policy advisory and research firm, in its report.

Bangalore stood out for high access to funding and Delhi ranked well for the volume and complexity of patent creation in the analysis, which found London and New York tied for second spot.

Access to capital, investment and global talent has fuelled London’s ascent to number two, up from number eight in 2012 when the first rankings were released.

“Today’s global report ranks the best cities where startups can build global success. Startup ecosystems outperform when their entrepreneurial community is not only open to but deeply integrated within the global startup community,” said J.F. Gauthier, Founder of Startup Genome.

“This is certainly the case for London, as it continues to play a central role in the global fabric of startup ecosystems and in only eight years has risen from number eight to a tie in second place.

“The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated the transition to the digital economy and has called for entrepreneurs to innovate faster,” he said.

The research found that the UK capital is among the top cities in the world to grow a globally leading company, with startups in London benefitting from high levels of global connectedness to other top ecosystems, and a flow of knowledge into the city which helps them to build global market reach.

London and New York also overtook Silicon Valley in the connectedness ranking, a factor based on the number of tech meetups in the ecosystem and a life sciences-focused measure of accelerators and incubators, research grants, and R&D anchors in the ecosystem.

Separate fDI Markets data found that London and India have shared strengths in technology and innovation, with London coming in as one of the most popular cities for Indian companies looking to expand internationally over the last five years, based on the number of projects.

Indian companies that have chosen London as the city to scale their business include ride-sharing unicorn Ola, which expanded to London last year, and IT giant Infosys, which recently opened its first design and innovation studio in the city’s tech hub.

Laura Citron, CEO at London & Partners, said: “It’s great to see the strength of London’s startup ecosystem being recognised once again and this result confirms what we already know: that London is a top place to start, grow and scale a business.

“It is home to so many exciting companies leading the way in innovation, and it’s been impressive to see the resilience and creativity of London’s businesses during these challenging times.

“I am confident in London’s position as a global startup hub as we move towards recovery from the current pandemic. With its strong connectivity to other centres we see lots of opportunities for London to share ideas and collaborate with cities around the world,” Citron said.