2018 International Innovation Scorecard

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    Melbourne produces more ICT graduates than any other area of Australia.
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    Lisbon startups have benefited from a six-fold jump in venture capital investment from 2015 to 2016.
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    A rush of new venture capital in Helsinki has launched a crop of dynamic startups.
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    In Wellington, a cluster of tech accelerators give New Zealand startups a leg up on their competition.
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    A hotbed of innovation, Stockholm has launched international brands like Spotify and Skype.
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    In a biotech boom, nearly 200 life science companies have laid down roots in Austin.
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    Innovative IoT projects are making their mark in Manchester thanks to the CityVerve program.
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    Czech unicorn Avast is one of a crop of successful startups to launch out of Prague.
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    Vienna has become a testing ground for ICT, including smart city tech designed to solve energy problems.
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    Montreal has built itself into Canada’s artificial intelligence capital.
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    The Things Network has turned Amsterdam into a proving ground for smart city tech.
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    A pilot program in Singapore put rideshare customers in self-driving vehicles.
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    Once home to only a smattering of companies, Copenhagen now boasts a booming startup scene.

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Overview

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.

The International Innovation Scorecard grades 38 countries and the European Union across 12 categories. As with our U.S. Innovation Scorecard — now in its fourth year of grading all 50 U.S. states — the International Innovation Scorecard gauges countries’ policies on a host of critical issues. You will find measures of whether or not governments are welcoming disruptive technologies, including the sharing economy and self-driving vehicles, how friendly their tax systems are, and how well they protect the environment, as well as issues of perennial importance such as broadband speed and cost.

We also evaluated countries from a uniquely American perspective in areas we believe have contributed immensely and remain essential to the United States’ global leadership in innovation: diversity, the ratio of female-to-male employees in the workplace in key age demographics, immigrants as a share of the national population, and freedom of thought and expression.

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