About the Innovation Cities™ Program

For Your City.

Do you want to measure, plan and lead a better city?

2thinknow's updated 2017-2018 Innovation Cities™ Program is about growing urban innovation economies worldwide.

Do you find Smart Cities confusing? What about Liveability? And all the magazine rankings?

2thinknow began research into the  Innovation Cities™ Program in 2005, and the ranking in 2007. Being the first to gather data, and analytically understand city innovation and economic growth, 2thinknow have had many years experience to gather, map and analyse the process of city innovation. We now sell this data to corporations investing in YOUR city.

Our Index includes aspects of all these different rankings -- and we can help with all these rankings.

The best way for all cities is a 2017/2018 Cities Package Subscription. It's easy.

162 indicators
Easy to understand Colour-coded 2thinknow Standard Indicators show performance in our Index.
Promotable Data
2thinknow provide you monthly reports covering one area per month. Giving you promotable intelligence for Media.

Understand your ranking in our Index, Smart Cities, Liveability and other indexes.


Check, and provide submissions to ensure the most updated and correct 2thinknow Data (sent to corporations).

For Business & Teams.

Do you want to measure and compare cities based on data?

Only 2thinknow offers your firm and team the Best Available Data at city level with a Data Guarantee. The Data others can't due to our unique processes.

Our clients include leading corporations, media companies, and university researchers.

Many are investing in locations, some are making their own indexes, scorecards, looking at market size, infrastructure spend, airports, or other aspects of cities.

There are so many use cases for city-level data.

Our clients are household names. Those that we can disclose include:


How can you use Best Available Data at a city level?

Data Points

City Benchmarking Data - city-level data points.

Custom Data

From indexes to new data uses, we can assist you use your data.

Analyst Reports

Analyst reports to answer business questions

Training & Consulting

Research started with free city rankings...

Based on 2005 research, the first city rankings by 2thinknow of 22 cities were scored from 95 cities in 2007. This was accompanied by the first Innovation Cities™ Analyst Report, then called the Global Innovation Review.

In 2008, this became the Innovation Cities™ Index, expanded to the 256 cities scored for innovation in 2009.

In 2010, the City Benchmarking Data data gathering program moved out of beta and into production, benchmarking 289 major global cities.

In 2012, this began a slow transition to measure and describe all cities using quantitative algorithms, a transition to be completed in 2017.

In 2014 2thinknow began improving and building the data platform through R&D.

Now, the Innovation Cities™ Index covers 500+ cities, across 1300+ Data Points, 162 Indicators and 31 Segments broken down into 3 Factors.

Leading into the Innovation Cities™ Program

The Innovation Cities™ Program was established 2006, with the first Innovation Cities Index published 2007. Being the leader to analytically understand city innovation and economic growth, 2thinknow have had many years to map and analyse the process of city innovation.

The Innovation Cities™ Program has become an evidence-based city development program, for economic development of cities on a broad basis.

The Program is the only commercial program of its type independent of Government (except some R&D breaks in Australia).

Created by 2thinknow

World's First Innovation Agency, 2thinknow Innovation services and programs are designed to support innovation in cities, business & government.

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Established 2007

2thinknow provide cities, business and government with Innovation Programs to systemise the innovation process. We provide professional services within these programs to enable clients to implement ideas as an innovation process.

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Commercial Quality Data

This is a commercial quality program, with insights based around corporate data on cities as sold to major corporations. Rather than old, tired statistics, the latest data is used.

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Region and City Locations

The Innovation Cities™ Program is independent, and provides insight to clients in city government, investors, trade boards, state and federal government, business and communities across North America (USA & Canada), Australia, New Zealand, European Union, Singapore and Asia.

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The Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report - global city report

City Benchmarking Data™ - measuring city performance

Local Innovation Forum™ event - community town hall events

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Other City Rankings & Indexes

2thinknow also create or contribute to a number of indexes and city rankings -- for specific purposes.

See our handy ready-reckoner of all the main city rankings here.