Cairo: a concentration of Egyptian talent

Emerging tech start-up scene is starting to attract investors

Hong Kong: The start-up landscape

Skilled workers and good overseas transport links attract talent

Bucharest, Romania: Upbeat after success

City is upbeat after success of local technology companies

Tallinn, Estonia old city view.

Tallinn: Baltic city’s digital ambitions

Backers and founders eye the first home of Skype and TransferWise

Montreal Skyline

Montreal’s start-up hub ambitions

The multilingual city’s growing ecosystem for entrepreneurs

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Cork: role in Ireland’s tech aspirations

The city is ambitious, but dwarfed by the capital Dublin

Metropolitan Catherdral, The Plaza de la Liberacion, Guadalajara, Mexico
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Guadalajara: Mexico’s ‘Silicon Valley’

Networks, tech brains and hipster vibe help the city stand out

Melbourne: most liveable city turns to technology

A population boom and tax change are set to boost start-ups

DR168K The Millenium Centre lit at night at Cardiff Bay, Wales.
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Welsh capital Cardiff’s sporting chance

Made for sports and health focused tech start-ups

Barton Springs Pool, Austin, Texas
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Austin: a business-friendly attitude

Quality of life and low costs attract tech start-ups

Vancouver: west coast powerhouse

Three of Canada’s ‘unicorn’ companies were launched in the city

Chicago: big city thinking, smaller rents

The tech scene is blossoming in this vast, cultured metropolis

Exeter: work-life balance for founders

The university has an ambitious spinout programme

Bournemouth: beach resort’s digital push

Creative base draws tech start-ups but access to funds is tight

Miami: US gateway for Latin America

Start-ups drawn by chance to tap into Spanish speaking community

Newcastle: lively centre of innovation

The city has diversified from its heavy industrial past

Amsterdam: modern-day refuge for the start-up crowd

Open-minded and a can-do approach: tech start-ups drawn here include Uber

Budapest: lively start-up ecosystem

Hungarian capital benefits from a legacy of science education

Bristol: Riverside city famed for creativity

The city’s liveability is a draw for start-ups’ staff, who relish the affordability compared with London

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

Kansas City, US

The city has entrepreneurial history – and potential

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