2022 | StartupBlink View the Global Startup Map p. 27 From 201 and beyond As we move further down the Index, we find higher volatility due to lower amounts of information on each city. However, we would like to mention a few cities with positive momentum from locations that inspired us this year. Starting with Europe, Aarhus, Denmark’s second highest startup ecosystem, increased by 15 spots, signaling the country’s solid momentum this year. The charming city of Galway in Ireland increased by 21 spots to rank 298th globally, becoming a new top 300 city. The small and scenic city of Donostia San Sebastian in Spain jumping 193 spots is also a pleasant surprise. Moving on to Africa and the Middle East region, we see Manama, the capital of Bahrain, increased its ranking by 8 spots, and Dakar, the capital of Senegal, jumped by an impressive 333 spots to reach the global top 500. A few Asian Pacific success stories this year are Fukuoka, increasing by 20 spots to rank 220th globally, and Christchurch in New Zealand increasing by 168 spots and achieving a top 250 global city status. Three central Asian cities, Nur Sultan, Ulaanbaatar, and Tbilisi, are also registering positive momentum. Several Latin American cities have registered great results this year, including two Colombian cities, Cali and Barranquilla, one Mexican city, Puebla, and Cordoba in Argentina. Last but not least, Island cities are on the rise. We have seen great momentum from cities such as Nassau, Valletta, Limassol, and Douglas on the Isle of Man. We hope to see a unicorn island startup soon, the sky's the limit. Ecosystem Variety Key Insights The interesting Ecosystem Variety chapter also reveals insights about the number of cities per country and their distribution in the tiers. Some notable gainers this year include the United Kingdom, increasing the number of its represented cities in the global top 1000 ecosystems to 78, an impressive increase of 20 new cities. Canada has also increased its number of cities by double digits, now boasting 41 cities compared to 30 in 2021. Spain, although underperforming in the Index this year, managed to increase the number of its represented cities to 39 from 28. The most notable decrease of ecosystems was registered in Brazil, which now has 24 cities represented in the Index compared to 32 in 2021. The continous growth of the outstanding ecosystem of São Paulo shows how centric the Brazil ecosystem is, and how other cities have not managed to build seed ecosystems, probably due to lack of resources which then pushes talent from those cities into São Paulo.