Google initially sought to establish its European engineering headquarters in Zurich, and Yahoo followed. The Swiss government has several programs to invest in small businesses. Zurich is home to hundreds of start-ups, including the software manufacturer Doodle and Wuala, a computer company.Switzerland also has the largest number of patents in the world.
Stockholm is the home of Spotify and SoundClound, and with nearly 700 technology companies located in the neighborhood of Kista (Sweden Wireless Valley), we can expect many more innovations. The government spends 3.6% of GDP in research and development. It has the best education system in the world and one of the most prolific scientific circles and publications rates. Intel, Symantec and Oracle have offices there. And if you think Stockholm is boring, keep in mind that Angry Birds maker, Rovio, has just opened a studio there.
Singapore is expected to become a niche for medical technology. This city-state has developed a package of incentives to attract a large mass of employee and technology initiatives in that area. Its programs include tax credits for research expenses, plus access to a telecommunications infrastructure generation.
Cheaper than London, Dublin has low corporate tax rates and Ireland is an English speaking country. It hosts large technology company as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Zynga. Last year, Twitter announced the opening of its third international office (after London and Tokyo) in Dublin, making this city its European operations headquarters.
Last year, a group of technology industry executives created Founder’s House in Copenhagen: a company that is accessed by invitation and designed to incubate new technology entrepreneurs. It is located a few miles from the the campus of Nokia. This company is also supported by the most talented developers in Denmark, and has a business friendly rules for training.
The remote city of Oulu, some 480 kilometers north of Helsinki, has a population of 140,000. Approximately 18,000 work for more than 800 technology companies operating there. These include decentralized offices of Nokia, Wipro and Press. Local officials work together with the University of Oulu and other companies to promote innovation through programs like Xpolis, connecting investors with local business initiatives.
One of the most renowned technology conferences ’The Intelligent Community Forum’ is based in Eidhoven. This conference is a think-tank nonprofit organization which has positioned the municipality of Eindhoven as the world’s smartest region(2011). This area of one sq km is home to over 100 companies and institutes as well as around 8,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs who produce 50% of all patent applications in the Netherlands.
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