Top 10 Startup-Friendly Cities of Africa in 2022

The 2022 Worldwide Rankings Report of the most startup-friendly locations globally by StartupBlink shows Startup Ecosystem Rankings, compiles data from over 60,000 businesses and ranks startups according to factors such as quality and the business environment of the startup. This are the top 10 Startup-Friendly Cities of Africa.

According to the report’s findings, the results in Africa and the Middle East were less good, with the number of cities representing the region falling to 57 from 74 last year. Africa managed to place one city, Lagos, in the worldwide top 100, making it the first and only African metropolis to do so.

10)Kampala, Uganda

Kampala’s Startup Ecosystem is ranked 462 internationally, with a downward trend of -93 points since 2021. Kampala is also the most populous city in Uganda and the third most populous city in Eastern Africa.

Fintech, Ecommerce & Retail, and Social & Leisure enterprises will find Kampala an attractive location. 

9)Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis’s Startup Ecosystem is ranked 417 internationally, with a downward trend of -76 points since 2021. Tunis is also the most populous city in Tunisia and the third most populous city in Northern Africa.

Tunis is an excellent location for Fintech, Education, Hardware, and Internet of Things (IoT) startups. On the StartupBlink Map, there are 8 Fintech businesses in Tunis, 6 Education startups in Tunis, and 4 Hardware & IoT startups in Tunis, representing the most popular industries in Tunis.

8) Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda’s only listed city, has dropped 130 points to 395th place. Kigali is ranked 8th in Africa and 2nd in Eastern Africa, with a significant lead over its nearest rivals, Kampala and Addis Ababa.

7)Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca’s Startup Ecosystem is ranked 325 globally, with a positive trend from 2021, adding 39 ranks. Casablanca is also the most populous city in Morocco and the second-most populous city in Northern Africa.

6)Accra, Ghana

The startup ecosystem of Accra has slipped off in the past few months, dropping 15 ranks to number 296 from 2021. Despite this fact, Accra continues to be a regional leader in West Africa at number one in Ghana and number two in West Africa.

5) Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi dropped by 21 spots in 2022 to 163rd globally. Regionally, Nairobi still holds the flag both in-country and in the East African Region. Startup Blink recommended Nairobi as a good hub for Fintech, energy, environment, and food startups. This is because the above industries are well established in the region.

4)Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt’s capital, has jumped 20 places to 160th overall and 4th in Africa, with a modest advantage over Nairobi and a minor margin from Johannesburg. This year, Alexandria dropped out of the global top 1000, leaving Cairo as Egypt’s only ranked city. In the Transportation industry, Cairo is at 89th.

3)Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg’s Startup Ecosystem is ranked 158th globally, with a negative trend since 2021, falling -6 ranks. Johannesburg is also the second-most populous city in South Africa and the second-most populous city in Southern Africa.

Johannesburg is an excellent location for entrepreneurs working in software, data, finance, and transportation. On the StartupBlink Map, there are 18 Software and Data companies in Johannesburg, 17 Fintech startups in Johannesburg, and 4 Transportation startups in Johannesburg, as the most popular industries in Johannesburg.

2)Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town’s Startup Ecosystem is ranked 147th globally, with a negative trend since 2021, falling -2 spots. Cape Town is also the most populous city in South Africa and Southern Africa.

Cape Town is an excellent location for entrepreneurs working in education, transportation, and financial technology. On the StartupBlink Map, there are 43 Education businesses in Cape Town, 29 Transportation companies in Cape Town, and 16 Fintech startups in Cape Town as the most popular industry.

1)Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos has risen 41 places to 81st globally, making it the first African metropolis to get into the top 100. Lagos is ranked 24th in the world for Foodtech and 43rd for eCommerce and Retail. Logos can be proud of its accomplishment in Foodtech because it is the only African city to make the top 30 in all 11 industries.

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