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

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

The Albert Dock and Three Graces
©Lonely Planet/Getty

Entrepreneurial nous rediscovered

Liverpool has cosmopolitan buzz and ambition

Southeast Asia’s tech city state

Singapore offers start-ups an enviable infrastructure

D4H0CX View over the Barrios Pobre of Medellin, where Pablo Escobar had many supporters, Colombia, South America
©Olivier Goujon/Alamy

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

Toronto: loyal locals make the difference

The talent pool here is deep and wide and there is a good education system in Canada

Croydon: borough with start-up ambitions

The area aims to put the experience of the 2011 riots behind it

St Louis: gateway aims to be a launch pad

The cost of running a small business is relatively low

Stockholm

More to spot in the land of Spotify

Foreign start-ups trek to Santiago

Chile offers support for new ventures from abroad