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Edmonton is featured in the world’s preeminent report on advancing startup ecosystems – Ranking as a #3 North American Ecosystem in Affordable Talent

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. September 22, 2021  The 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) by Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network was launched today at London Tech Week. The GSER is the world’s most comprehensive and widely-read research on startups, with 280 entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems and 3 million startups analyzed. The Report includes a ranking of the leading 140 ecosystems in the world, breakdowns by continent with regional insights, and founder-focused articles from thought leaders and experts around the world.

City of Edmonton worked closely with Startup Genome to highlight Edmonton’s strengths against ecosystems globally. Edmonton’s standing in the #GSER2021 – 

  • Created $435 million in Ecosystem Value with $89 million in total early-stage funding over the last 2.5 years
  • Affordability and access to tech talent and favorable tax environment are cited as reasons a startup should move to Edmonton
  • The AI, Big Data & Analytics, and Life Sciences sectors are highlighted for their density of talent, support resources, and startup activity

The 2021 GSER provides insights and guidance to public and private leaders on how to cultivate thriving startup ecosystems and support local startups — the #1 engine of job creation and economic growth.

“Entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community leaders are working hard all over the world to build productive and inclusive technology ecosystems that are engines of economic growth and job creation for all,” said JF Gauthier, Founder & CEO of Startup Genome. “The Global Startup Ecosystem Report is the foundation of knowledge where we, as a global network, come together to identify what policies actually produce economic impact and in what context.”

“The world needs what Edmonton offers: a passionate and vibrant innovation ecosystem committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, aimed at solving some of the world’s biggest challenges – climate emergency, public health, digital education and inclusion, food security and social and cultural innovation,” said Catherine Warren, Innovate Edmonton CEO. 

Discover how more than 140 entrepreneurial ecosystems across the world stack up and view the full report by clicking the button below:


Startup Genome’s mission is to enhance startup success and ecosystem performance everywhere. Startup Genome is the world’s leading policy advisory and research organization for governments and public-private partnerships. Its impact is rooted in the world’s largest entrepreneurship research with data on over three million companies across 280 cities. Learn how Startup Genome accelerates global startup ecosystems by contacting Adam Bregu at and on, LinkedIn, Twitter.


Headquartered in Alberta’s capital city, Innovate Edmonton leverages, unites, and promotes home-grown innovation as a gateway to solving the world’s most pressing problems. We harness the power of the public and private sectors, ground-breaking academic research, and purpose-driven investment to build a shared prosperity and open international markets. From sustainable climate solutions to public health and digital education, Edmonton is a leading global centre for inspiration, ingenuity, and inclusion. Learn more about Innovate Edmonton and Startup Edmonton, a division of Innovate Edmonton.