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The best cities for entrepreneurs in 2019

Clockwise: London; San Francisco; Lisbon; Singapore. (Source: Getty)
Clockwise: London; San Francisco; Lisbon; Singapore. (Source: Getty)

For entrepreneurs looking for the best place to set up their new venture, London is the place to be.

That’s according to research by global moving platform Movinga, which ranked 75 cities in the world according to popularity based on how easy it is to start three types of businesses: restaurants, tech/digital ventures, and import/export businesses.

Overall, the best city in the world to be an entrepreneur is London, followed by Barcelona and New York.

Singapore came in fourth place, followed by Amsterdam, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur.

The first Australian city to feature on the overall list was Sydney at ninth place, with Istanbul rounding out the top 10. Melbourne was the other Australian city on the index, ranking highly at 14th place.

Those seeking to launch a tech/digital start-up specifically should find home base in San Francisco – where Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook are based – then London and New York.

Budding restaurateurs will have the best luck in Portugal’s Lisbon, and then Barcelona followed by Istanbul.

Entrepreneurs looking to dabble in the import/export industry should seek to be in Singapore, Shanghai, and Amsterdam.

Aussie tech entrepreneurs and restaurateurs looking to set up a new venture in their home country should preference Sydney, while import/export business entrepreneurs should head to Melbourne.

Here are the top 15 cities for entrepreneurs overall:

  1. London

  2. Barcelona

  3. New York

  4. Singapore

  5. Amsterdam

  6. Vancouver

  7. Los Angeles

  8. Kuala Lumpur

  9. Sydney

  10. Istanbul

  11. Dubai

  12. Helsinki

  13. Copehangen

  14. Berlin

  15. Melbourne

Here are the top 15 cities for tech/digital entrepreneurs:

  1. San Francisco

  2. London

  3. New York

  4. Singapore

  5. Las Angeles

  6. Berlin

  7. Sao Paulo

  8. Toronto

  9. Boston

  10. Austin

  11. Tallinn

  12. Tel Aviv

  13. Beijing

  14. Amsterdam

  15. Paris

Here are the top 15 cities for import/export business entrepreneurs:

  1. Singapore

  2. Shanghai

  3. Amsterdam

  4. Hamburg

  5. Los Angeles

  6. Kuala Lumpur

  7. Vancouver

  8. New York

  9. Dubai

  10. Gothenburg

  11. Malmo

  12. Stockholm

  13. London

  14. Melbourne

  15. Marseille

Here are the top 15 cities for restaurant entrepreneurs:

  1. Lisbon

  2. Barcelona

  3. Istanbul

  4. Milan

  5. Buenos Aires

  6. Prague

  7. Kuala Lumpur

  8. Lyon

  9. Montreal

  10. Bratislava

  11. Bengaluru

  12. Sao Paulo

  13. Rome

  14. Lille

  15. Toulouse

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