Amsterdam-StartupDelta has entered the top 15 in the Startup Genome Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking that has been released today. Amsterdam-StartupDelta experienced the largest increase in rankings, rising from #19 last year to #15 this year. Silicon Valley remains in the position it has held since 2012: the #1 global startup ecosystem. 

With Amsterdam-StartupDelta globally on spot #15,  it is again ranked among world’s leading startup hubs, cementing its position as a leading tech hub in Europe. After entering the top 20 in 2015, it has now proven that it is a top location to start, grow and accelerate your business.

According to Genome the largest increase of Amsterdam-StartupDelta is – among others- thanks to high growth in the amounts of startup and a few successful exits ‘as well as strong performance in Life Sciences and Deep Tech’. Amsterdam-StartupDelta’s growth is also helped by a number of successful exits among which two billion-dollar IPOs in 2018: Adyen (a Fintech company now valued at almost $23 billion) and Elastic (a search and data company now valued at over $6 billion).

Special Envoy of StartupDelta, Constantijn van Oranje: “Amsterdam-StartupDelta’s success is driven by an international culture of openness, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Here more than 5000 startups, 70+accelerators and incubators, government, top universities and businesses are focused to expand the most innovative economy of Europe.”

Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate: “It is good to see that the Dutch ecosystem has risen to 15th place in the international ranking for startup ecosystems. This shows that our startup and scale-up policy is having an effect.”


Aside from Amsterdam, four European cities make the top 20: London (#3), Paris (#9), Berlin (#10), Stockholm (#11). This demonstrates the growing strength of the European startup scene. 

Find out how more than 50 entrepreneurial ecosystems across the world stack up and download the full report here: