The European Digital City Index (EDCI) describes how well different cities across Europe support digital entrepreneurs. Produced as part of the European Digital Forum, its ultimate aim is to support digital entrepreneurship across Europe. For startups and scaleups, the index will provide information about the strengths and weaknesses of local ecosystems, allowing them to plan accordingly. For policy makers, the index provides a tool to benchmark cities and decide where they may need to devote more resources.
Helsinki scores high on nearly every dimension in the recent Digital City Index. Helsinki is stated to have a benign innovation policy environment and to be a well-connected city which also scores high for entrepreneurial culture, skills and early-stage support. Helsinki is also stated to have a very strong ICT and software talent pool in the region. Industry-defining technologies such as SSH, Linux and MySQL have been developed in Helsinki. Today, Helsinki region is a home for over 500 tech startups and numerous incubators and accelerator programs.
The European Digital City Index (EDCi) describes how well different European cities support digital entrepreneurship.
It was produced by Nesta as part of the European Digital Forum, which exists to support digital entrepreneurship and digital startups across Europe.
For startups and scale-ups, it provides information about the strengths and weaknesses of local ecosystems, allowing them to plan accordingly and consider where they may need to devote more resources.
For policy makers aiming to encourage digital entrepreneurship in their own city, the Index helps to identify existing and promising hubs of activity, in order to learn from their practices. Additionally, it allows benchmarking of performance against other European hubs, and helps identify which policy areas to prioritise.