An infographic showing the top 10 places to launch your startup holds a few surprises.
Richard Madison of The Brighton School of Business and Management used various criteria for the infographic, which first highlights best startup countries, and then drills down to their most outstanding cities.
Poland is considered stronger than Czech Republic and Slovakia because it has a bigger internal market & stronger entrepreneurial history. Warsaw has several success stories such as Allegro (final exit to Naspers worth around 2bn), Wirtualna Polska, Onet, LiveChat (IPO), Nasza Klasa. It is also attracting some of the top tech companies around the world such as Google, which will be opening a campus by the end of this year. The government is also getting involved. Warsaw is the main sponsor of Bitspiration (the biggest and the most westernized conference for startups in Poland). The major hubs across the country are: Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk and Wroclaw.