2022 | StartupBlink View the Global Startup Map p. 13 We should note that our team applies additional filters to Unicorns and Exits, as we disregard entities that are corporate spin-offs or that were created by governments. Another group of special entities we take into consideration are members of the Startup Pantheon group. This group now consists of more than 230 organizations globally, which can be viewed on the StartupBlink map. Pantheon member is a category coined by StartupBlink which includes companies like SpaceX, Microsoft, and Netflix; companies that are no longer a startup or a unicorn, but still have a substantial impact on their startup ecosystem and its brand. Organizations such as Ycombinator, StartupChile, and the Estonian E-Residency program are also considered part of the Pantheon group, as their trailblazing initiatives impact the growth and legacy of their ecosystems. These Pantheons are categorized into three tiers depending on their impact and quality. One more factor taken into account in an ecosystem's score is the presence of roughly 150 global startup influencers with impact reaching far beyond their local ecosystems. These influencers are usually CEOs of successful companies, but in some cases they include leading figures in self-funding methodologies or thought leaders in specific technologies. A city where an influencer like Bill Gates or Elon Musk resides has an allure that attracts more entrepreneurs and investors to the ecosystem. 75% of global influencers are currently in the United States, revealing the disproportionate global and cultural influence of this ecosystem. We hope other countries will produce more of these mega high-tech heroes, as they are needed globally for inspiration, financing, and narrative building. Startup Influencers are also categorized into three tiers, similar to Pantheons. A complete list of the global influencers and members of the Pantheon group is provided in a blog post about those special entities. Determining Location for Startups Determining a startup location in today's global economy can be a daunting task. Startups may naturally change locations as they evolve due to tax or marketing reasons. Our guiding principle here is determining which ecosystem pushed it to become what it is today, or, in other words, by asking: where did the magic happen? In some cases a particular ecosystem might not be the current official headquarters of the startup. For example, if a startup was founded and scaled in Finland, retains much of its development team there, and moved their official headquarters to San Francisco for business or tax reasons, we would lean toward attributing it to Finland. Those of you browsing the StartupBlink map might be surprised to see the locations of some notable startups and Unicorns in unexpected locations. The decision to use these locations was made after examining the history and current status of the startup. Distinction Between Countries and Cities Rankings We provide two sets of rankings, the first is for countries, and the second is for individual ecosystems nestled within the cities. We have capped the number of countries at 100 and the number of cities at 1000. Although our database includes additional locations, we find that accuracy decreases the lower an ecosystem is ranked, generally due to the limited number of relevant entities in low-ranked locations. In some cases, the momentum of a specific country and the ranking of its cities might be in opposition; this can happen for a variety of reasons.