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

The Albert Dock and Three Graces
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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

Toronto: loyal locals make the difference

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