Startup Cities

Founded by Thomas Kösters and Jesse Poppema

Startup Cities is a consultancy firm that helps create attractive cities for startups. We have extensive knowledge of startup ecosystems throughout Europe and experience in managing startup-programs as well as with helping startup companies scale up internationally. Complementary to this we accumulated extensive expertise in matching grants on regional, national and EU level for projects in the city. This unique combination enables us to deliver exceptional outcomes for building economic prosperous startup ecosystems. We work with our clients to make informed policy decisions by means of benchmark studies, SWOT analysis & strategy development, action plans, stakeholder management, spatial planning and matching public grants.

Startupcities is the consultancy arm of the Startup Heatmap, the benchmark report on the attractiveness of startup hubs in Europe. We are mapping cities’ perceived attractiveness and patterns of startup location choices to provide data on challenges and opportunities within the ongoing evolution of Europe’s startup ecosystem. For more information see the website

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