November 30, 2015
Siemens recently released its Green City Index, which evaluates cities around the world and evaluates them based on environmental performance. The study looked at 120 cities in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and North America. It ranked things like CO2 emissions, alternative transportation options, water and waste management, and environmental governance. At the top of the list are five cities that have many winning attributes aside from their eco-friendliness. They are all brimming with history, culture, friendly people, and stunning sites. They are also great cities for starting up.
Sure, environmental startups are hot right now, but that’s not the only reason these particular ecosystems are at the top of our list as well as Siemens’ list. Here’s a rundown of the top five most eco-friendly cities and why you should move your startup there now.
1. Vancouver, Canada
In 2014 the annual TED conference made Vancouver its official home. Learnquiq and Bench are just a couple of the successful startups that hail from Vancouver. It recently made the list of the best startup ecosystems based on engineer salary and is home to incubator/foundry LX Ventures.
2. Curitiba, Brazil
Curitiba is an important cultural, political, and economic centre in Latin America. It developed one of the world’s first rapid-transit bus systems in the ’60s, and has been growing its eco-friendly infrastructure ever since. One known startup out of Curitiba is Solidarium which connects Brazilian makers with consumers and retailers all over the world.
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is one of the greenest, most liberal, and easy to navigate cities in Europe. They are well tapped into technological resources, and happy to help out like-minded entrepreneurs in the form of co-working spaces, accelerators, and incubators.. In fact, there’s even a startup based in Copenhagen, called StartupTravels, that helps connect entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts to one another, in cities around the world.
4. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a city that naturally nurtures creativity and inspiration. It is a large metropolitan city that is surrounded by natural beauty. The high quality of life provides for good education, business resources, and a sense of security that makes starting up less stressful than in other cities (but still plenty stressful).
5. San Francisco, USA
Does San Francisco really need an introduction? I don’t think so. The city and its surrounding suburbs of Palo Alto and Mountain View, combined, the largest startup and technology hub in the world. So many startups flock to San Francisco that it’s become a cliche. With all the resources at their fingertips it’s no surprise that the city is among the most eco-friendly.
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