London more innovative than Silicon Valley, reveals 2thinknow report

London is the most innovative city in the world for the second year running, according to innovation data agency 2thinknow – and Brexit apparently has something to do with it (oddly enough).

The  10th annual Innovation Cities Data index shows the UK capital ahead of New York, Tokyo and Silicon Valley (San Francisco-San Jose) in the top 4:

The Melbourne consultancy classified 500 cities into four innovation “bands”, or conditions conducive to creating innovation in a city: ‘Nexus’, ‘Hub’,  ‘Node’ and ‘Upstart’.

On London’s regained place at the top, 2thinknow’s Director of Data Christopher Hire suggested that Brexit had a part to play, or at least the democratic process :

London’s clear repeat victory indicates a strong view of innovation and focus on observation of democracy, in embracing the results of ‘Brexit’ – showcasing the importance of an orderly acceptance of the results of democratic process, and a new British ‘stiff upper lip’ resilience to unprecedented change.

Embracing results? A new British ‘stiff upper lip’? I think he’s being kind!

But the EU may yet have the final say, with Austrian and French capitals also in the top 10 and marked by Hire as ones to watch:

Vienna and Paris have a long history of resurgence and innovation, so we shouldn’t rule out their eventual climb to number one global city in a few years, proving that innovation can come from cities all over the world.”

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