Global Startup Ecosystem Report

Global Startup Ecosystem Report | Startup Genome & Global Entrepreneurship Network

The 2019 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) is one of the most comprehensive pieces of research on what drives startup success and ecosystem performance.

The report shows a steep rise in success for startup ecosystems in more countries.

For a decade now, we have warned local leaders against “Silicon Silliness” — namely a strategy based on repli-cating Silicon Valley. For GEN, in order to build stronger ecosystems in more places, we have focused instead on decentralized universality, working with all ecosystems to drive connectedness and enable the sharing of knowledge and networks.

Startup Genome works to enhance startup success and ecosystem performance everywhere.

Our mission and impact are rooted in over a decade of independent research with data on over a million companies across 150 cities. Working side-by-side with more than 300 partner organizations, our frameworks and methodolo- gies have become instrumental in building foundations for startups to grow. Our efforts earned us the Research Champions award at the Global Entre-preneurship Congress 2019.


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UK Tech on the Global Stage | Tech Nation

Tech Nation Report

Scaleups are driving UK global tech advantage.

Ambitious tech entrepreneurs across the country are more networked than ever, and they are accelerating growth through international connections.

This report presents UK tech on the global stage.

It shows that the UK is a critical hub in the global tech ecosystem, and a strong economic performer. An exploration of companies, communities and technologies uncovers the pioneers in this era of global tech.

The Tech Nation Report has been the UK’s State of the Nation report on tech since 2015. Each year we have monitored the growth of the sector, and provided information about opportunities and challenges.

In preparation for a post-Brexit world, the report this year focuses on UK tech on the global stage. The connectedness of our world-leading clusters means that we can leverage strengths and support one another across the country, in order to succeed internationally.


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People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers' View | Doteveryone

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People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers’ View is the first in-depth research into the attitudes of the people who design and build digital technologies in the UK.

It shows that workers are calling for an end to the era of moving fast and breaking things.

Significant numbers of highly skilled people are voting with their feet and leaving jobs they feel could have negative consequences for people and society. This is heightening the UK’s tech talent crisis and running up employers’ recruitment and retention bills. Organisations and teams that can understand and meet their teams’ demands to work responsibly will have a new competitive advantage.

While Silicon Valley CEOs have tried to reverse the “techlash” by showing their responsible credentials in the media, this research shows that workers:

  • need guidance and skills to help navigate new dilemmas
  • have an appetite for more responsible leadership
  • want clear government regulation so they can innovate with awareness

Our research shows that tech workers believe in the power of their products to drive positive change — but they cannot achieve this without ways to raise their concerns, draw on expertise, and understand the possible outcomes of their work. Counter to the well-worn narrative that regulation and guidance kill innovation, this research shows they are now essential ingredients for talent management, retention and motivation.

It is time for the tech industry to move beyond gestures towards ethical behaviour — rather than drafting more voluntary codes and recruiting more advisory boards, it is time to double down on responsible practice. Workers — particularly those in the field of AI — want practical guidelines so they can innovate with confidence.


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The Confidence Report: The Truth About Women Going Back to Work After a Career Break | Tech Pixies

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It’s challenging returning to the workplace after a career break, whether it’s down to taking time off to have children, care for a relative, travel the world or due to bereavement.

This report, commissioned by TechPixies, looks at the impact of a career break on women and how it affects their skills, confidence, earnings and job fulfilment and paves the way for a better understanding of women’s needs both prior and during their return to the workplace.

Our research tells the story of women’s experiences back at work after a career break and reveals the challenges they face from within themselves and externally from colleagues & employers once they are back at work.


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Technology, career pathways and the gender pay gap | Deloitte

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Although the gender pay gap is closing incrementally, pay parity between men and women in the UK is not forecast to be achieved until 2069.

Significantly, the gap in starting salary between men and women who have studied STEM subjects and go on to take jobs in those spheres is smaller than in any other subjects studied.

Our analysis of employment data from the last 15 years alongside nearly three million university records finds that women make up just 14.4 per cent of individuals working in STEM occupations in the UK with as many as 70 per cent of women with STEM qualifications not working in relevant industries. Women are more likely than men to pursue studies - and subsequently take up employment - in caring or teaching roles.

Although these roles are less well paid than technical and commercial roles, they do place greater importance on cognitive and social skills, which we know from other Deloitte research, are essential for workers to remain adaptable and employable in the future.



Smashing IT's glass ceiling: Perspectives from leading women CIOs | Deloitte


No shortage of ink has been spilled on the challenges faced by women in today’s IT workforce.

Many business leaders and cor-porate boards are taking steps to improve C-suite diversity; yet, too often, women continue to be un-derrepresented in technology leadership positions and the technology workforce in general.

Despite numerous challenges, many highly com-petent and qualified women have risen through the ranks and smashed IT’s glass ceiling. In fact, the percentage of women technology chiefs is far higher than that of female CEOs and CFOs, according to multiple analyses - perhaps because technology teams can benefit from women’s unique combina-tion of leadership skills, such as empathy, flexibility, persuasiveness, assertiveness, and risk-taking.

This special edition of the CIO Program’s CIO Insider, the first in a series focused on gender diver-sity and inclusion in IT, shares insights from women who have risen to the top of the IT profession, including their perspectives on essential leadership qualities and guidelines for cultivating diverse and inclusive IT cultures.


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Women in Tech Briefing: A new call to arms | Inclusive Tech Alliance

Inclusive Tech Alliance

A report being released today by the Inclusive Tech Alliance reveals that the UK tech sector is likely to face an even greater skills crisis post-Brexit than anticipated if it fails to improve on the current levels of women working in the sector.

 One in three people working in UK tech originate from other EU countries. Analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that women account for just 16.8% of those employed in the tech sector.

The report highlights a number of key areas for the UK’s tech sector to reflect on and respond to, notably:

  • There are currently .6 million unfilled tech vacancies and an existing gender deficit of .4 million women in the sector.
  • With an additional 1 million new vacancies anticipated by 2020, close to 1 million women will need to be recruited in UK tech in order to reach gender parity.
  • The differences in the backgrounds of women in tech leadership in comparison to men were also startling. Within the fastest growing firms, senior women were more likely to have attended independent schools and a Russell Group.
  • Senior women in tech were also significantly less likely to have studied a STEM related subject at university.

The title of the report ‘A New Call to Arms’ is in reference to the period of mass mobilisation of women to the workforce during the Second World War. Inclusive Tech Alliance Members are now calling for a national campaign at the same scale of what was achieved for women in the workforce during the Second World War to avoid a post Brexit skills crisis.

Samuel Kasumu, Director of Inclusive Boards, the organisation who oversee the ITA and a member of the Prime Minister’s Race Disparity Advisory Board said:

“We have known for a long time now that there is a pipeline issue when it comes to encouraging women and girls to consider a career in tech. With the possibility of a post Brexit skills crisis; now is the time to focus minds and to tackle this challenge head-on.”


The Gender Gap in Tech & How to Fix It | Women Tech Council

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For the past 12 years, Women Tech Council has worked to accelerate the growth of the technology community by increasing the number of women in tech.

By building impactful programs that propel the economic pipeline from high school to the boardroom, we are helping drive success for the entire technology sector.

As this report shows, having women in technology has direct economic impacts. Companies with women on teams and in leadership positions alongside their male counterparts see higher productivity and profitability, including revenue and profit, and increased overall collective intelligence. But attracting and retaining talented, qualified women requires more than broader recruiting efforts or competitive pay.

This research was commissioned to specifically identify the areas that are making real impact in creating and accelerating diverse and inclusive workforces for women in technology companies with the goal of enabling all organizations to adopt and implement these behaviors.

We invite all members of the technology community to work to implement the impactful, collective approach identified in this report, and join us in our mission of driving growth for the entire technology sector through high-performance, inclusive environments.



Women in tech - Time to Close the Gender Gap | PwC


PwC's research with over 2,000 A-Level and university students shows that the gender gap in technology starts at school and carries on through every stage of girls’ and women’s lives.

Only 27 per cent of female students we surveyed say they would consider a career in technology, compared to 61 per cent of males, and only three per cent say it is their first choice.

PwC are using the power of intelligent digital to see beyond the gender gap, to a world where women can reimagine our future. We created a women in technology programme and degree, changing the ground rules to make technology a more attractive, inclusive, working environment for all.

They provide more detailed analysis and four actions the industry should take in the full report, which you can download below.


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Women in Technology 2019 | Silicon Valley Bank

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While Silicon Valley Bank's annual report finds that there is some progress, a lack of gender parity persists.

Just 56 per cent of startups have at least one woman in an executive position, and only 40 per cent have at least one woman on the board of directors. They surveyed tech and healthcare executives and founders in the US, the UK, China and Canada.

They also find that 59 per cent of startups have some type of program in place designed to increase the number of women in leadership — and that the founding team’s gender often determines which executive roles women hold at startups.

Since 2014, Silicon Valley Bank has produced the Women in Technology Leadership report as part of our annual Startup Outlook series of reports. Read the 2019 Startup Outlook Reports to learn more about US, UK, China and Canadian startups’ views on business conditions, hiring, raising money and more.