Startup hubs around the world

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Leandro

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As someone who has lived in several places around the world, I’ve always been interested in startup hubs outside of Silicon Valley, which has been the centre of tech for so long. Now, that we’re witnessing an exodus of sorts, to other US states such as Florida and Texas, I’d like to take a look at what’s happening in tech around the world.


We’re biologically wired to go wherever suits us best. Even before the agricultural revolution, if food ran out in one place, the weather became unfriendly, or it was otherwise dangerous we would traverse the globe to look for a better spot.


We still do this now. Better job elsewhere, we move. Better weather, we move. Better lifestyle, we move.


There are several places in the world that actively encourage people to create startups. From making it easy to establish a business, offering robust infrastructure, providing access to funding, to attractive visa options, there are several ways that countries signal their positive sentiment for startups.

All of these things and more attract people to move to these hubs. Having a community of likeminded individuals around you, who understand what it takes helps a great deal when building your startup. Your network is everything.

Let's take a look at some of these startup hubs around the world.

Asia

Singapore

Stripe available: Yes

Singapore boasts a high quality of life and consistently ranks highly on the ease of doing business index. English is one of the official languages besides Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.

We have a guide on Singapore included in your membership to Remote Choice.

Visas

Singapore has a visa specifically designed to attract startups called the "EntrePass". We've covered the details of it in our resource for Startup visas around the world, which you can access here.

Top 3 funded startups

Grab

Total funding: $12.1B

Singapore’s answer to Uber. Mobile ride-hailing platform offering booking services for taxis operating throughout Southeast Asia.

Lazada

Total funding: $4.2B

E-Commerce platform. Singapore’s Amazon.

Sea

Total funding: $2.6B

Consumer internet company.

Selected fast growing startups

Selected VC funds

B Capital Group