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GLOBALOUTLOOK TECHCITIESOFTHEFUTURE


FDI Strategy


LONDON TOPS THE FDI STRATEGY CATEGORY IN FDI X TNWTECH CITIES OF THE FUTURE 2021 STUDY FOR A SECOND YEAR, FOLLOWED BY BERLIN AND NEWCOMER PARIS. ALEX HAMILTON REPORTS


Future 2021 study, followed by Berlin and Paris respectively. The FDI Strategy category


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included 32 submissions from cities across Europe. Each submission addressed 10 questions concerning the start-up ecosystemand the cur- rent strategies offered to potential start-up investors in the respective cities. Each question was then reviewed by a panel of judges from fDi andTNW.


London London is once again the judges’ favourite in this year’s FDI Strategy category. Led by its economic devel- opment agency London & Partners, the UK capital has used its strengths in capital availability, tal- ent resources and well-developed infrastructure to maintain its posi- tion as the European home of the most private companies valued above $1bn. London&Partners offer an array


of programmes and initiatives aimed at supporting and stimulating investment in the city. These include the Business


Growth Programme which, since 2017, has supported more than 400 companies in expanding their teams, creating jobs, raising finance through investment and strengthening management talent and teams. Furthermore, the UK’s Tech


Nation initiative provides a strong support network for entrepreneurs in London and across the country, as well as visas to international dig- ital talent. Companies in London can


also apply for the wide range of financial funding and tax incentive schemes on offer such as the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, Enterprise Investment Scheme and, as of May 2020, the £40m ($55m) Clean Growth Fund,which aims to


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ondon has taken top honours in the FDI Strategy category of fDi xTNWTech Cities of the


TOP20 TECH CITIES OF THE FUTURE 2021 – FDI STRATEGY RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


CITY


London Berlin


Paris Region Madrid Helsinki Moscow


Barcelona-Catalonia Milan


10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20


Zurich Vilnius


Greater Manchester


Tricity (Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia) Belfast


Glasgow Riga


Kaunas Sofia


Birmingham Hamburg


Frankfurt Rhein-Main


supercharge green start-ups across London and the UK.


Berlin Berlin has climbed to second place from third in the previous ranking. Working closely, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and the Chamber ofCommerce and Industry of Berlin aimto provide investors with the support, resources and incentives needed to thrive in the technology industry. Platforms such as the Berlin Part-


ner for Business and Technology and the city’s ‘Gründen in Berlin’ net- work ensure that businesses in the city have sufficient support, knowl- edge and resources to reach their full potential. In light of the pandemic, the Ger-


man capital provided a range of “corona funding programmes” for start-ups to handle the turbulent period, including grant, loan and equity options, ensuring that the city’s start-upcommunity had finan- cial options available during the eco- nomic hardships of 2020.


COUNTRY UK


Germany France Spain


Finland Russia Spain Italy


Switzerland Lithuania UK


Poland UK UK


Latvia


Lithuania Bulgaria UK


Germany Germany


Source: fDi Markets


Paris Paris reached third place in the FDI Strategy ranking. Choose Paris Region has pro-


vided excellent support via the Global Open Innovation Network, which gathers well-established cor- porate groups that want to stay ahead of innovation and disruptive technologies and engage with fel- lowinnovators. Infrastructure, including more


than 200 co-working spaces and shared offices, world-renowned uni- versities and business schools such as the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris Saclay University, and PSB Paris School of Business, boost Paris’s attractiveness to international tech companies. Paris supported its start-up eco-


systemduring the pandemic with a “Resilience fund” and “Bounce funds”made available by the Regional Council of Île-de-France, which provided businesses with cashflow support to safeguard their businesses through the pandemic.■


www.fDiIntelligence.com August/September 2021


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