The digital revolution is transforming everything we do — radically changing how we live, work, learn, play and interact with each other and beyond. From the ways in which we power our homes, cars and lives, to the ways in which we track our health and wellness and more, innovative startups across America are playing a starring role in constantly shaping and reshaping our worlds. And they’ll only continue to rapidly accelerate this transformation in the years to come.
Catalyzing this meteoric forward momentum, next-wave startups — including those in the energy, education, health and smart cities sectors — grew 35 percent from last year alone, according to the 2017 Innovation That Matters report. The newly released one-of-a-kind analysis — conducted by 1776, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C__TEC) and FreeEnterprise.com — examines the health of technology-driven startup ecosystems in 25 American cities. The study also unpacks and assesses how well-positioned these urban tech centers are to fully capitalize on the shift to an increasingly digital economy.
The biggest upward movers on this year’s report were Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Portland, Ore.
For a closer look at these rising startup cities — and the factors that fueled their ascents — check out the informative infographic below: