Innovation Cities™ Indexes


Classifying cities for innovation pre-conditions.

Nexus

Top tier cities with the broadest performance based across most industries.

Nexus Cities

Hub

Challenger cities, innovating in key industries and areas with less breadth.

Hub Cities

Node

Globally competitive cities for innovation. All cities should aspire to this level.

Node Cities

Upstart

Cities that can be moving towards being globally competitive in future.

Upstart Cities

Featuring all major global cities balanced across regions, makes this the world's largest and most diverse city index.

Each year since 2009, 2thinknow publish 4 regional indexes, as well as the headline global index, to measure regional competing cities.

Available since 2007, and every year 2thinknow analysts improve the data, analysis, rankings and classifications.

Results have 10,000+ Media Mentions

Your city results in indexes featured in over 10,000 media stories filed globally in over 100 languages.

Measures innovation across industries

The Innovation Cities™ Index is designed to measure (and rank) what makes a city innovative using 162 indicators measuring across 31 segments of a well-rounded city economy.  The longest running broad-based innovation measure (technology is just 1 segment).

Cities measured as urban innovation economies for innovation pre-conditions in each segment.

Using 2thinknow's 31 Segments model of industry codes cover all commercial, government and community activities.

Based on a Structured Methodology

Designed to balance a cities performance, 162 indicators by 2thinknow are reduced to a 3 factor final score.

Designed to balance a cities performance, 162 indicators by 2thinknow are reduced to a 3 factor final score.

Designed to balance a cities performance, 162 indicators by 2thinknow are reduced to a 3 factor final score.

Same Data Points used by companies to invest

Major corporations trust the same underlying data points for all sorts of investments, location and innovation purposes. e.g. opening or closing stores, locating new premises, infrastructure investment.

Same Data Points used by companies to invest

Major corporations trust the same underlying data points for all sorts of investments, location and innovation purposes. e.g. opening or closing stores, locating new premises, infrastructure investment.

 Cities can use as a plan to improve.

Since our 2005 R&D, 2thinknow (from our garage haha) have spent 12 years of Research & Development to develop a series of quantitative algorithms for cities, meaning our Index gives cities opportunities to improve over time.

Our analysis is different and enlightening as it defines based on cities' potential for creation, implementation and communication of ideas in their urban economies.

Other rankings and cities list do not have these features. This is the 'disruptive' ranking.

Bellwether Ranking based on Latest Methods

Cities to partner with us to ensure data is the most current possible, and giving us access to their data.

 

Improvements in the Index classifications and rankings tend to indicate early stage economic improvement in cities.

Declines can tend to indicate future economic decline. This is not hard and fast but is something we are working towards.

Unique Features of the Index:

Lead Index

Cities often move up in our Index before others.

Quantitative

Means 'understandable' movements over time.

On-trend

All 2thinknow data is trend-balanced against current trends (outlined in our report).

Data-backed

Always including new data points and improving the Index.

Disruptive

Being not just advanced tech, we are disrupting.

Growth

The Index is oriented toward wealthier citizens and wealthier cities.

Ethos & Values

The Index is oriented towards unifying ideas like more equity of opportunity for all.

Neutral

The only ranking designed to be neutral to different cultures.

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