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Cape Town in South Africa ranks as the world’s eleventh most innovative city to live in!

South Africa’s capital ranks eleventh place on the index with an innovation score of 63.3 out of 100. The city center has led the way in South Africa in terms of safety, vibrance, and accessibility. The city also ranks highly for its business innovation which is attracting new talent, organizations, and business events to the city.

Cape Town has a high population density, experiencing an intense movement of people, goods and services, as well as witnessing ongoing development. The large urban area also has numerous business districts and industrial areas. With 376,727 new businesses registered in 2019, the professional landscape in South Africa and it’s capital has continued to grow in recent years. With the advancement in job roles and opportunities, this also means the city has a lot to offer those who live there.

With 7 top-rated universities across South Africa averaging a rating of 58 out of 100, the country is producing a well-educated workforce with Cape Town being its ‘knowledge capital’. The University of Cape Town is also the top university in the African region.

Entrepreneurial spirit is also high in Cape Town with residents searching for ‘how to start a business’ over 22,210 times a month. This is also reflected by patent applications, with over 335,413 patent applications across the country since 1990, helping its capital rank high for innovation. The area also has 257 Kickstarter ideas with an average pledge of $7,918 for each.

3 South African innovations of note:

  • Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) scan – Co-invented by South African physicist Allan Cormack of EMI Laboratories, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology for the invention in 1979.
  • The world’s first human-to-human heart transplant – The surgery was performed by South African surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard in 1967 at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.
  • Speed Gun – South African-made speed gun, developed by Henri Johnson of Somerset West in 1992 measures the speed and angles of speeding objects such as cricket and tennis balls

Ranked: The 20 most innovative cities in the world

Rank City Country Google Patent Applications New business registrations No. Top Uni Ave. Ranking of Top Unis Ave. Monthly SV for ‘how to start a business’ Ave. Trend for ‘how to start a business’ Kickstarters INNOVATION INDEX SCORE

(out of 100)

(No. Ideas) (Value of Ideas)
1 Paris France 995,194 201,087 10 68 3,210 -5.00% 2,983 $51,701.05 79.3
2 Washington D.C. USA 6,546,076 82,773 128 70 368,160 -30.00% 4,197 $9,549.84 75.5
3 Canberra Australia 2,113,890 235,654 27 64 26,640 -4.00% 200 $8,281.44 75.5
4 Berlin Germany 4,700,194 72,844 23 74 6,430 -13.00% 1,913 $14,563.47 74.8
5 Rome Italy 678,986 114,360 15 60 3,600 -6.00% 557 $26,585.55 70.5
6 Stockholm Sweden 748,933 45,590 7 80 3,380 -13.00% 1,627 $160,512.72 70.5
7 Amsterdam Netherlands 435,670 71,531 7 79 5,510 -11.00% 1,328 $31,807.73 69.8
8 Madrid Spain 1,111,211 94,676 21 53 2,890 -8.00% 1,042 $25,935.16 68.0
9 Tokyo Japan 20,319,334 29,243 33 61 3,020 -14.00% 1,128 $79,085.68 66.8
10 Beijing China 13,252,897 82,773 68 54 1,020 35.00% 200 $14,007.69 64.3
11 Cape Town South Africa 335,413 376,727 7 58 22,210 -12.00% 257 $7,918.39 63.3
12 New Delhi India 81,937 123,942 13 56 215,490 17.00% 71 $6,735.66 62.0
13 Hong Kong Hong Kong 164,596 82,773 6 76 3,120 -26.00% 3,454 $138,344.08 61.8
14 Ottawa Canada 1,463,643 4,065 23 66 34,880 -30.00% 799 $11,933.60 61.0
15 Singapore Singapore 144,830 43,046 2 85 6,560 -13.00% 1,813 $24,104.83 60.5
16 Brussels Belgium 753,830 24,677 6 73 3,190 -2.00% 428 $19,934.27 60.3
17 Bangkok Thailand 461,117 55,589 14 37 3,020 20.00% 214 $29,812.72 60.3
18 Oslo Norway 453,311 29,959 3 68 2,880 -6.00% 457 $96,750.71 58.0
19 Wellington New Zealand 143,129 56,380 7 62 6,300 -23.00% 328 $38,018.24 57.8
20 London United Kingdom 3,113,086 664,974 0 0 65,390 -37.00% 19,171 $21,668.94 57.0

 

Paris is the most innovative global city

Beating Canberra to the top spot is Paris. With 201,087 new business registrations at the moment, Paris tops our list of most innovative cities. With £37,605.53 currently invested in Kickstarters across the country, France is experiencing a massive boom in fresh ideas and creations, placing its capital comfortably ahead of the second-place city. Inventors of braille, stethoscopes, and pencil sharpeners, the country has a longstanding reputation for being the leader in innovation, bringing countless inventions that we now take for granted into the world.

The USA’s capital currently has 6,546,076 patent applications

The USA has been a leader in technology and business for years. Home of Apple, Microsoft, and shopping malls, countless innovations have traveled across the Atlantic from the US and adopted by other countries. This reputation makes it easy to believe that its capital, Washington DC, comes second on the list of the most innovative cities. With 82,772 new business registrations and 368,160 monthly searches for ‘how to start a business’, it’s clear that our friends across the pond will continue to lead innovations globally for years to come.

Canberra has seen 235,654 new business applications 

Leading the march in medical innovations, Canberra is third on our list of the most innovative cities. Penicillin, spray-on skin (a skin culturing treatment for skin damage victims), electronic pacemakers, and the ultrasound scan are just a few of the offerings Australian innovators have made to medicine, and they aren’t stopping any time soon. Over 2,000,000 patent applications are currently in review, so it’s safe to say there is plenty in the works when it comes to innovations in Canberra.

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