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Prioritizing markets: How we picked our launch list

We launched Startup Angels with a dozen market profiles, representing cities and regions across the world. If you don’t see your market, rest assured we’re likely working on it already. But to speed up the process, we could really use your help: please contact us if you’re willing to be interviewed or offer thoughts on your market.

Determining which markets to launch with was a challenge — there are at least 50 markets that made our “top” list, and another 50 that were strong contenders with interesting startup scenes that need to be explored. The initial list of cities was chosen in part due to their notable levels of startup activity and in part due to ready sources of reliable data. We also tried to select at least a couple cities from each region around the world … because entrepreneurship is global. There are another few dozen markets of equal importance that will be coming online soon. The ones you see today are just the beginning.

You may also notice that we’ve neglected the obvious 800 lb gorilla of San Francisco / Silicon Valley. Yes, that was intentional. First of all, Silicon Valley already has enough attention and press, and it doesn’t need us to tell that story. Second and more importantly, our goal is to draw attention to everywhere else and help you discover opportunities where the remaining 99.9% of the world’s population resides.

Now, please go explore some more markets or contact us so we can help others discover yours!