2022 | StartupBlink View the Global Startup Map p. 190 48 | Greece Greece reenters the top 50 after climbing 6 spots, now ranking 48th globally and 5th in the Balkans, jumping over Serbia and reversing last year's negative momentum. Greece's climb up the Index has been realized thanks to the startup ecosystem of Athens, which had a massive jump of 21 spots, entering the global top 150. It is ranked 132nd globally and the 3rd ranked city in the Balkans. Additionally, Athens ranks high in the top 100 global ecosystems for the Social & Leisure industry at 51st globally. Except for Athens, all other Greek cities have dropped in the Index. 2nd in Greece, Thessaloniki had a significant fall this year, dropping 128 spots to 507th globally. With Ioannina and Rhodes falling out of the Index, Greece has now only 2 cities ranked in the top 1000, versus four cities in 2021. These results show how centralized the Greek startup scene is. In response to the results of the Index, the Greek Deputy Minister of Development and Investments, Dr Christos Dimas, said: "StartupBlink has been a valuable source of information with regard to the startup ecosystems around the globe and their performance, based on a set of 3 important criteria. The Greek Government cooperated closely with StartupBlink by providing reliable information for the Greek innovation ecosystem. We are content to see that Greece's Startup Ecosystem rankings have improved in terms of quantity, quality and impact of the ecosystem. Over the last couple of years, the Ministry of Development and Investments has created "Elevate Greece", which evaluates, monitors, supports and promotes Greek startups in a number of ways." After a jump of 6 spots, Greece reenters the top 50. 2020 2021 2022 Regional Rank Startup Ecosystem Ranking Global Rank National Rank and Change City Global Rank and Change Total Score Overperforming Industry 1 Athens 132 5.530 Social & Leisure 2 Thessaloniki 507 0.709 51 +21 −128 − − For more information about the rankings of cities, view the country dashboard on Startublink.com.