These are the most innovative cities in the world

new york

(Luca Bravo, Unsplash)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.

Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content


  • The Innovation Cities Index looks at 500 to find the best ones for start-ups
  • New York is the best in the world for innovation to thrive
  • Tokyo placed second and London third
  • 5 of the top 10 cities for innovation are in the US

All around the world, enterprising start-ups and business giants are busy developing new ideas that could change the world. But which cities provide the best framework and conditions for innovation to thrive?

The Innovation Cities Index 2019 compares the actual performance of 500 cities to find the best places for new ideas to be brought to life.

These are the 10 most innovative cities in the world.

The world's most innovative cities
US cities dominate the list

10. Toronto

Canada’s largest city is a centre for artificial intelligence, with new tech for sectors ranging from retail to healthcare attracting major investment. A wealth of talent and programmes promoting public-private partnerships have contributed to the city’s success.

9. San Francisco-San Jose

The San Francisco Bay Area boasts a vibrant start-up scene. It is also home to some of the giants of the tech world, including Google, Facebook and Apple. The city dropped 6 places down this year’s index, from 3rd last year.

8. Boston

One of five US cities to make it into this year’s top 10, Boston has one of the country’s fastest-growing tech sectors. As well as a thriving robotics industry, the area is home to companies specializing in web content and analytics.

7. Chicago

As a new entry into the top 10, Chicago has a unique approach to attracting and retaining talent. Instead of clustering new tech companies into a Silicon Valley-style bubble, they are spread across the city. This creates an ecosystem that attracts new companies and helps the talent pool integrate, rather than seek opportunities elsewhere.

6. Paris

The French capital is fast becoming Europe’s go-to tech hub, rivalling neighbours including London. Tech programmes have been implemented to entice international companies and talent. These include streamlined corporate tax and labour laws, a fast-tracked international tech visa system, and a €10 billion national innovation fund.

5. Singapore

As one of two Asian cities to make the top 10, Singapore is an attractive proposition for tech firms wanting to enter Asia-Pacific markets. It has a 2-hectare town dedicated to research into self-driving vehicles, including a test circuit complete with traffic lights, bus stops and pedestrian crossings. More than 10 companies are conducting tests at the centre.

What’s the World Economic Forum doing about the future of cities?

Cities represent humanity’s greatest achievements – and greatest challenges. From inequality to air pollution, poorly designed cities are feeling the strain as 68% of humanity is predicted to live in urban areas by 2050.

The World Economic Forum supports a number of projects designed to make cities cleaner, greener and more inclusive.

These include hosting the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, which gathers bright ideas from around the world to inspire city leaders, and running the Future of Urban Development and Services initiative. The latter focuses on how themes such as the circular economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution can be harnessed to create better cities. To shed light on the housing crisis, the Forum has produced the report Making Affordable Housing a Reality in Cities.

4. Los Angeles

Down the Pacific Coast from Silicon Valley, LA is home to Silicon Beach, a tech community with more than 500 start-ups as well as offices of established industry giants, such as Google, Salesforce, and Snapchat’s parent company. The tech sector accounts for around 10% of the local economy and is on an upwards trajectory.

 

3. London

Having once topped the list, London falls one place to third, despite having a thriving tech sector that welcomes innovators and attracts top talent. England’s capital remains a leading hub for technology companies, with many of the industry’s big players, such as Facebook, Apple, Intel and Google, having major operations in the city.

2. Tokyo

Last year’s winner Tokyo slips into second, but retains its status as one of the world’s leading innovation hubs. The Japanese megacity is the home of robotics research and development, and is a pioneering centre for 3D manufacturing technology.

1. New York

Jumping three places to top this year’s index, the Big Apple is a business powerhouse that’s investing heavily in cultivating more than 7,000 tech start-ups. The city’s tech sector has grown rapidly in recent years, developing world-leading talent and expertise in disciplines like advanced manufacturing and robotics, cybersecurity, and health and life sciences.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Coronavirus: European roadmap shows path towards common lifting of containment measures

MasterCard @ MWC14: Innovation in times of regulatory uncertainty

Ending the era of dirty textiles

Big data is coming to agriculture. Farmers must set its course

A reality check on inclusive innovation

Trump’s Russophiles under investigation, Europe remains ‘en garde’

How a trade war would impact global growth

This Japanese experiment shows how easily coronavirus can spread – and what you can do about it

UNESCO lists wrestling, reggae and raiho-shin rituals as global treasures to be preserved

Eurozone’s sovereign debt not a problem anymore?

Does the EU want GMOs and meat with hormones from the US?

Why your next work meeting should be a ‘walk-and-talk’

Meet Alice, the battery-powered plane that could herald the age of electric air travel

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “You just don’t know if the oil price will be 20$ or 100$ in the next 2-3 years!” top Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff underscores from Davos

Mobile health technology: Advances, Facilitations and Promotion of Autonomy

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity Act for safer European Industries and Consumers against cyberthreats”, by MEP Niebler

Why collective action is the key to saving our forests

Commission’s Youth Initiative fails first hurdle by not sufficiently consulting young people

With potential to boost profits by up to 20 per cent, a woman’s place is at work, says UN labour agency

Environmental liability rules need revamping

Lack of involvement, or lack of opportunities?

A roadmap for destination management in the digital economy

ECB: Euro area should smooth out the consumption and income shocks of its members

Coronavirus Global Response: the Commission’s contribution to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)

Why protesters disrupted London Fashion Week

‘Think beyond farm jobs’ to reach sustainable development, UN agriculture chief advises African youth

Top officials say UN will support Bahamas’ rescue, relief efforts as Hurricane Dorian churns in Atlantic

From underestimation to valorization: how mobile technology is transforming global health

All sides in Yemen conflict could be guilty of war crimes, UN experts find

MWC 2016 LIVE: Verizon boasts momentum for IoT platform

“At the Environment Assembly citizens expect clean, not hot air”, the Head of UN Environment in Europe underscores in a Sting Exclusive

Mobile Technology Saving Lives: Changing healthcare systems with simple technological solutions

Stop the waste: UN food agencies call for action to reduce global hunger

Don’t dismiss start-ups founded by millennials. This is how they succeed

Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition

Will the end of QE come along with ECB’s inflation target?

Permafrost is thawing so fast it’s gouging holes in the Arctic

Brexit mission impossible: Theresa May was so desperate that had to appoint Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary

European Super League: Why more football is an imperfect solution to sport’s business model problem

Texting is a daily source of stress for 1/3 of people – are you one of them?

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly: strengthening the partnership

Everybody against Japan over yen’s devaluation

Nicaragua: MEPs demand an end to repression of political opponents

COVID-19 vaccine development is more global than you might think

What little Cameron got in Brussels seems enough to keep Britain in the EU

It ain’t over until Google says it’s over

Azeri natural gas will keep the EU warm soon

From Policy to Reality: Discrepancies in Universal Health Care Systems across the EU

Is there a de facto impossibility for the Brexit to kick-start?

Militias force nearly 2,000 to leave Libyan capital’s largest shelter for internally-displaced: UNHCR

Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on fulfilment of visa-free requirements by Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries

UN chief calls for ‘enlightened self-interest’ from world leaders to save ‘the whole planet’ from climate change

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals

World is ‘on notice’ as major UN report shows one million species face extinction

New York City has a plan to fight fast fashion waste. Here’s how it works

Changing world of work needs new jobs strategy

How LA plans to be 1.6°C cooler by 2050

VP McGuinness on women’s rights: “Not an option, but a duty”

Security Union: Commission welcomes political agreement on removing terrorist content online

Discussions kick off among MEPs and national MPs on economic governance

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s