2018 CTA International Innovation Scorecard


In our inaugural International Innovation Scorecard, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ identifies the critical areas of national policy that spur innovation, and reveals the areas in which countries may be stunting their own growth and preventing global innovation from blossoming to its full potential. ...

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    New Zealand: In Wellington, a cluster of tech accelerators give New Zealand startups a leg up on their competition.
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    Austria: Vienna has become a testing ground for ICT, including smart city tech designed to solve energy problems.
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    Portugal: Lisbon startups have benefited from a six-fold jump in venture capital investment from 2015 to 2016.
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    Denmark: Once home to only a smattering of companies, Copenhagen now boasts a booming startup scene.

Explore the full results of the 2018 International Innovation Scorecard

Results by Category

The 2018 International Innovation Champions are: Finland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and New Zealand.

Also, across the countries we evaluated:

The most diverse countries are Australia, Canada, Singapore and Sweden

The countries with the most individual and political freedom in the world are Canada, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal

The countries that have, on average, the fastest and most affordable internet connections are the United Kingdom, Finland, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands

Human Capital
The countries with the most educated workforces are Singapore, Israel, Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand

Tax Friendliness
The countries with the most innovation-friendly tax systems are Singapore, China, Panama, Chile, Ireland and Canada

R&D Investment
The countries with the greatest amount of R&D spending as a percentage of GDP are Israel, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and the United States

Entrepreneurial Activity
The countries with the highest level of entrepreneurial activity are Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, Ireland and Sweden

The countries best-enabling drone technologies to flourish are Australia, Finland, Portugal, Singapore and Sweden

The countries that allow ridesharing to operate most freely are Finland, Panama, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa and Mexico

Short-Term Rentals
The countries with the best federal frameworks for short-term home rentals are Chile, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal and South Africa

Self-Driving Vehicles
The countries leading the way in self-driving vehicle policy are Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States

The countries with cleanest water and air are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States