The next global gateway to Europe

At fourth place behind New York, San Francisco and London, Amsterdam is the second European city in the ranking and is described as “hot on [its competitors’] heels, rivalling London’s position as the global gateway to Europe.” The report continues to describe the city as a “vibrant global hub” that “benefits from a skilled, English-speaking workforce and scores well across all categories.”

Amsterdam’s high ranking in the index was covered extensively in the media. Stories about the achievement appeared in various publications, including Het Financieele Dagblad and Het Parool. The IamExpat website described it as “not only a reflection of the important centre of tech within the Dutch capital, but also of the vibrant city that Amsterdam is to live and work in.”

Measuring the success of tech and startup hubs

The Tech Cities Index 2019 has measured 30 cities from around the world in six categories: business environment, tech environment, ‘city buzz’ and wellness, talent pool, real-estate costs and mobility. These categories encompass 100 wide-ranging metrics – from the ease of starting a business to the cost of a flat white. Taken together, this data is used to establish which cities are the most successful homes for tech and start-up companies. According to Savills, the Tech Cities “are important centres for tech in their region and VC investment hotspots. Vibrant cities in which to live and work, they are magnets for talent.”

Outstanding urban infrastructure

‘Quality of urban infrastructure’, a subcategory of the index’s new mobility category, which looks at the quality of the urban environment, has Amsterdam at first place due to being among the world’s most cycle-friendly cities; the report also favourably mentions its compact size, which allows residents shorter commutes, easier access to amenities and a better work-life balance.

Proud of Amsterdam

Startupbootcamp co-founders Marc Wesselink and Patrick de Zeeuw were proud of Amsterdam’s high place in the Savills ranking. De Zeeuw described the city’s steady rise as a “great achievement,” saying, “When we started preparing for the first Startupbootcamp programme in 2010, nobody considered Amsterdam to be a startup hub. In less than eight years, it’s grown into one of the top five startup and scaleup ecosystems in the world.”

Wesselink took a moment to thank other players in the local tech scene, adding, “Kudos to Rockstart, TNW, Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, B Amsterdam B.V., StartupAmsterdam, StartupDelta and the many more who made this possible.”

See the tech, innovation and startup rankings for an overview of international reports and surveys ranking Amsterdam’s startup ecosystem and tech scene against those of other cities.