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FDISTRATEGYAWARDS 2020


“THE BASQUE COUNTRY HAS DEVELOPED A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY. MORE THAN 800 FOREIGN COMPANIES HAVE


ALREADY CHOSEN US” Aitor Urzelai, general manager, SPRI Basque Business Development Agency


Blockchain London&Partners London is renowned as one of the financial capitals of the world, so it is no surprise that it is also one of the leading blockchain hubs. In 2017, £15m ($20bn) of venture capital funds were invested in the sector, and overall investments tripled between Q3 2016 and Q2 2018 to £113m. London hosts a regular summit


called ‘Blockchain Summit London’, which is the largest blockchain-dedi- cated event in Europe with 5000 indus- try leaders, investors and innovators in attendance. The city also benefits froma strong talent pool, as it is home to more software developers than any other European city. This talent pool is boosted through cutting-edge research from the city’s universities. University College London is a partner in Ripple’s £37m University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) which accelerates research and innovation in blockchain.


BPO WrocławAgglomerationDevelopment AgencyARAW Wrocław has a thriving business ser- vices sector, particularly in the field of Business Process Outsourcing. The city has more than 24,000 employees based in the business services sector, and com- panies include Credit Suisse, IBM, HP and EY. Wrocław has focused on boost- ing the talent pool for these companies through shared promotionalcampaigns to attract young, well-educated people into the city. With similar objectives, the city has created the ‘Wrocław Academic Hub’, a cooperative platform for local government, academia and the business sector. The programmes aim to connect business and science, and strengthen job creation.


Chemicals City ofAntwerp The chemical industry within the Port of Antwerp is Europe’s largest chemical cluster. Antwerp has some of the most significant chemical companies in the world, such as BASF and ExxonMobil. Antwerp’s chemical cluster specialises in a high level of integration with com- pany co-operation, pipelines and co-sit- ing. The city also has a strong partner- ship within the academic, public and private sectors to create a sustainable chemistry ecosystem. Important areas for the city are sus-


tainable energy, process optimisation and recuperation of waste. Antwerp offers a range of investment opportuni- ties for future investors, with ‘BlueApp’,


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an open innovation hub for sustainable chemistry and materials, and ‘BlueChem’, an incubator for sustaina- ble chemistry.


Cybersecurity Invest Northern Ireland Northern Ireland has shown impres- sive might in the cybersecurity sector as, over the past five years, it has been the top international investment loca- tion for US cybersecurity development projects. This is backed by the region’s outperformance in fintech develop- ment projects. The region ishome to a range of lead-


ing cybersecurity firms, such asImperva, Alert Logic, Signifyd and Anomali. These firms are all attracted to the region due to a superb talent pool, competitive cost effectiveness and excellent tech research. The local universities all offer Master’s and PhD courses in cyber tech- nology, further improving the talent pool for future firms.


Datacentres City of Perth NEXTDC, an Australian data centre oper- ator and one of the fastest growing tech- nology companies in Australia, is build- ing a state of the art data centre in Perth. It comes at a cost of A$200m ($147m), and will be the first of its type in Australia. Due to the centre’s impressive capacity, it is hoped it will both support local demand and attract international interest. The centre connects to the ‘Indigo’ subsea data cable between Singapore, Perth and the eastern states of Australia. Perth’s success in data cen- tres highlights the city’s prominence in the tech sector, with industry mentors, universities and research institutions providing an ideal location for technol- ogy investment.


Gaming&VFX Montréal International As previously mentioned, Montréal has positioned itself as a global tech hub with a strong AI community. The city also has an exceptional per-


formance in the video game sector. Montréal is ranked as the world’s fifth largest gaming production hub with more than 140 studios, with well-known developers like Ubisoft Montréal and Eidos-Montréal. In 2019, more than 15,000 video


game workers were active in Québec province, which includes Montréal. The area has a perfect ecosystem for the gaming sector, with training pro- grammes focused on the industry’s needs, and a diverse selection of global


www.fDiIntelligence.com December 2020/January 2021


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