Manila: an Asian hub

English-speaking and social media-savvy capital

Dubai: the statelet start-up

Well-connected emirate is attracting big tech and small start-ups

Dublin: the tiger’s roaring tech hub

Low taxes and links with the US have encouraged growth

Nairobi: Silicon Savannah springs to life

Mobile phone money transfers and social media drive growth

Jakarta: ripe for a tech start-up take-off

Ventures so far are relatively small, but the potential is big

Glasgow: a start-up hotspot

The city aims to build on the energy from the Commonwealth Games

Hamburg: Germany’s start-up alternative

The city offers youthful technological dynamism

Birmingham: From steam to tech

Industrial heritage and low property prices are helping to put the city on the map

São Paulo: a start-up ecosystem for Brazil

The city is host to founders from new to established


Barcelona: sun, sea and start-ups

The city draws tourists and wants founders to stay

Buffalo: NY State’s other start-up base

Government aid offered and a favourable cost of living

Entrepreneurial nous rediscovered

Liverpool has cosmopolitan buzz and ambition

Southeast Asia’s tech city state

Singapore offers start-ups an enviable infrastructure

Medellín miracle reflects image revamp

Colombian city moves away from drugs to encouraging entrepreneurs

Sydney offers sun, sea and enthusiasm

Australia’s cosmopolitan city is seen as a natural base

Zurich: low on tax, high on risk-aversion

Switzerland’s biggest city is known for efficiency and boasts a wealth of skilled workers

BBC helps revive Manchester’s vibe

The city boasts a rich source of engineering talent

Lagos, Nigeria

Self-taught youngsters set up on their own

Seoul, South Korea

The state is increasing support for new enterprises

Lisbon, Portugal

The city and San Francisco have much in common