Crunchbase, a well known startup and investor platform has an API that can be accessed to find out who has an account on Crunchbase, which organisations are listed on Crunchbase and where.
Over the years the platform grew to a considerable size. The database we looked at contains 357,841 profiles for individuals and 277,023 organisations. Now it is almost a must for a tech startups to have an account if one is on the hunt for external tech-startup financing. Among the organisations, there were more than 13,000 self-claimed investors listed.
Over the years, Crunchbase grew side by side with the startup movement (Google Trends, June 2015). Since the recession in 2008 many more startups appeared on the radar and the search-term "Crunchbase" received more attention as well.
We asked Crunchbase kindly if they could provide a data-dump for an analysis and to inform our readers on which investors are located where. There were 11,228 investor organisation profiles from around the globe we looked at. It is a great starting point for your techstartup funding journey. As location was one of the metrics given in the dataset we analysed how the investor community is distributed across the planet.
# Rule Number One: It Matters Where You Are
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In terms of cities with most investors are based in sunny California. This comes at no surprise. Leading tech giants such as Google and Facebook are around the corner in Menlo Park, California.
As much as the US is dominant in this dataset locations such as London, Berlin, and Dublin are not far off and growing fast to provide a home for startups and investors.
If you are in Europe and about to make up your mind where you want to plant and grow your tech startup, try to look for locations where much of a tech startup community is based. Berlin and London belong surely to the most attractive spots in terms of investor access. One indicator to that lead the way could also be the number of startup-accelerators (or incubators) and the amount of funding they help to actively distribute among young startups.
There are only a few global hotspots with high density of accelerators and accelerator seed-money. These are normally the locations where many series A investors are located too (for easy access to already seed-funded startups).
Q: Where did startups in accelerators found most funding? Predominantly in the US. However activities increase across Asia, Australia and Europe.
If you are still not sure where you want to grow your startup, the best question you can ask yourself is probably: "Where is closest to home?" Raising seed financing in an environment where you know the market, rules and laws, and where you already have a network of supporter and friends is possibly a most sensible decision.