Boston is tops in innovation, survey says
Minsk, Tirana, and Montevideo may be good places to look for the next big idea in the future, but for now, Boston is truly the Hub of the universe when it comes to innovation.
So claims 2thinknow, an Australian consulting firm that said it investigated nearly 300 cities worldwide to determine which one should be ranked as the top city of the global innovation economy.
Developed in 2007, the index ranks cities based on measuring 31 common industry and community segments weighted against global trends, the firm said. After crunching all the data, 2thinknow said it determined that Boston is once again tops.
"This year, Paris and Amsterdam contested the top spot with Boston, being ranked second and third, respectively, in the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Top 100 Index," the firm said in a press release. "Since 2009 Vienna has moved to fourth place and New York to fifth place."
The index also looked at "upstart cities," which are identified as having future potential for innovation," the firm said. This year's crop of upstart cities included the "often over-looked cities of Minsk, Tirana, and Montevideo," 2thinknow said.