E7MP1A Shops and cafes on Cook Street with Holy Trinity Church in the distance, Cork City, County Cork, Republic of Ireland
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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

D8KYAT Exeter, UK, seen from the top of the cathedral
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Exeter: work-life balance for founders

The university has an ambitious spinout programme

DE103E England, Dorset, Bournemouth, Bournemouth Beach, Beach Huts
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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

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