Here’s where new businesses launch

Several U.S. business hubs are among the world’s best places to launch a business.

Startup Genome, a research organization that supports small businesses, places three American hot spots in the top five of its latest global startup ecosystem ranking: Silicon Valley (located in California’s Santa Clara Valley), New York City and Boston.

List of top 5 areas for startups (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)
(State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

The firm’s report, released in 2022 and covering the period from mid-2020 through 2021, shows Boston and Beijing swapping places from the previous year, with Boston moving up from fifth to fourth place and Beijing dropping a notch.

China’s startup climate tumbled due to a decline in early-stage funding relative to other places, the report says.

Silicon Valley, a longtime magnet for technology companies, has held Startup Genome’s top ranking since 2017. The region attracts the largest amount of venture capital investment of any place in the world, with $105 billion invested in its startups in 2021, according to the report. That’s double the total from 2020, the report said.

The recent report’s data is influenced by policies in place during the COVID-19 pandemic — in Beijing, strict policies hindered business activity while people in many U.S. and European cities used technology to continue working.

Stanford University and other top schools nearby provide talent to Silicon Valley. Networking opportunities, including the Women of Silicon Valley conference and the Venture Capital World Summit, draw millions of people there for startup-centered events.

New York City — which maintains its tied rating with London in the second spot — attracts robust amounts of venture capital. The city’s venture-backed startups raised $55 billion in 2021, more than doubling the previous year’s figure. In 2021, two New York venture-backed startups completed initial price offerings, listing shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

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