From a major tech investor’s perspective, all eyes remain fixed on London and Berlin, but away from these high profile startup hubs, Europe is nurturing some less well known but fertile innovation hotspots for trailblazing entrepreneurs.
It has been described as one of the world’s most inventive cities, thanks largely to its prolific patent activity; patent intensity being the yardstick of innovation used by the OECD.
Home to successful startups such as Shapeways, the 3D printing marketplace, and Gynzy, an interactive education enterprise, Eindhoven has become renowned as a centre for hardware design and high-tech innovation.
At the heart of it sits the High Tech Campus, a base for more than 130 businesses, and 10,000 researchers and entrepreneurs, and Startupbootcamp, the biggest network of startup high-tech startup accelerators in Europe, has its Startupbootcamp HighTechXL branch located there, making it an ideal spot for any entrepreneur who wants to be surrounded by technical brilliance.
And if those credentials are not enough, three years ago, the Netherlands was ranked as the EU’s most entrepreneurial country by the global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey. Read more…