Innovation City Classifications

The Innovation Cities™ Index classifies all cities into 5 classes for innovation.

This is based on their 3 factor band score. In descending order of importance to the global innovation economy:

NEXUS: Critical nexus for multiple economic and social innovation segments

HUB: Dominance or influence on key economic and social innovation segments , based on global rends

NODE: Broad performance across many innovation segments, with key imbalances

INFLUENCER: Competitive in some segments, potential or imbalanced

UPSTART: Potential steps towards relative future performance in a few innovation segments.

Each year since 2009, analyst classifications of all major global cities are released as the Innovation Cities™ Index (on this site).

The top two tiers cities are Nexus and Hub cities. Node cities are globally competitive. Definitions of each classification are available accompanying the year’s Index, and accompanying report.

Annual City Rankings

2thinknow analysts have ranked the top 25-30% of classified cities each year since 2009. Previously, in 2007 and 2008 the top 8-10 cities were ranked from the smaller number of cities.

Annual City Awards

Trophies are available for the top tier cities > see Trophies.

Award Certificates are issued for all cities listed each year > see Certificates.