5 Most Eco-Friendly Cities and Why You Should Startup There

November 30, 2015

1:15 pm

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


Image via Conde Nast Traveler

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


Image via Conde Nast Traveler

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


Image via Conde Nast Traveler

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

Image via Conde Nast Traveler

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

San Francisco

Image via Conde Nast Traveler

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.

Did you like this article?

Get more delivered to your inbox just like it!

Sorry about that. Try these articles instead!

Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)