Inspiration

Innovation

Innovation supports commercial real estate by helping reduce the market cyclicality and structural obsolescence of a city. A city with innovative critical mass creates a centripetal force of talent attraction, and resulting productivity can lead to wealth and spending power.

CITY RANKINGS FOR Innovation

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OVERALL RANK CATEGORY RANK

  • 1

    London

    Top 10 For Infrastructure Top 10 For Interconnection Top 10 For Inclusivity Top 10 For Inspiration Top 10 For Innovation Top 10 For Investment
    1
  • 2

    Cambridge

    Top 10 For Infrastructure Top 10 For Inclusivity Top 10 For Inspiration Top 10 For Innovation
    3
  • 3

    Paris

    Top 10 For Infrastructure Top 10 For Interconnection Top 10 For Innovation Top 10 For Investment
    2
  • 4

    Amsterdam

    Top 10 For Interconnection Top 10 For Inspiration Top 10 For Innovation Top 10 For Investment
    4
  • 5

    Munich

    Top 10 For Interconnection Top 10 For Innovation Top 10 For Investment
    6
  • 6

    Stockholm

    Top 10 For Infrastructure Top 10 For Innovation Top 10 For Investment
    8
  • 7

    Barcelona

    Top 10 For Interconnection Top 10 For Innovation
    17
  • 8

    Eindhoven

    Top 10 For Innovation
    48
  • 9

    Berlin

    Top 10 For Infrastructure Top 10 For Interconnection Top 10 For Inspiration Top 10 For Innovation Top 10 For Investment
    5
  • 10

    Oxford

    Top 10 For Inclusivity Top 10 For Inspiration Top 10 For Innovation
    14

HOW IS Innovation CALCULATED?

  • Resources

    Indicators of the strength of resources such as successful funding or universities that promote Innovation

  • Activity

    A measure of the level of Innovation activity

  • Patents

    A composite measure of absolute and relative density of patent generation

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The impact of Innovation on a city

Innovation serves to future proof cities and brings about positive technological change

Impact on Investability

Innovation can support commercial real estate by helping reduce the structural obsolescence of a city as well as driving wealth and spending power. It likewise engenders new firms, which in turn increases demand for office space and R&D laboratories. Internet- and technology-savvy millenials are the primary age category driving both innovation and e-commerce growth, increasing demand for retail warehouses and other urban logistics solutions.

Insights

  • Amsterdam is an active innovator, ranking third for density of start-ups. The city also scores highly for activities related to technology and enterprise
  • With a strong backbone of world-class academic institutions that rank second only to London in number, Paris ranks highly for its critical mass of patent generation