The Top 25 Cities for Startup Exits

Conor Cawley

Startups have a number of options when it comes to an exit strategy. And while the goal is obviously to create a company that can rival Google, a hefty paycheck is all the more impressive when you made it yourself. And while a startup ecosystem is often valued based on their existing startups, startup exits are just as important to establishing an impressive environment of success and entrepreneurialism.

A recent report from 1776 and the US Chamber of Commerce cultivated a list of 25 cities and their startup exit counts. The results were based on acquisitions, mergers and IPOs of startups in these particular cities. The Bay Area continues to be the gold standard for startup ecosystems, while cities like Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles made waves with competing numbers and impressive exits.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list below to see how your city's startup exits rank up against the best.

  1. San Francisco
  2. New York
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Chicago
  5. Washington DC
  6. Seattle
  7. Atlanta
  8. Houston
  9. Minneapolis
  10. Baltimore
  11. Miami
  12. Phoenix
  13. Kansas City
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. New Orleans
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Conor is the Senior Writer for For the last five years, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His extensive background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host tech-centric events like Startup Night at SXSW and the Timmy Awards for Tech in Motion. You can email Conor at