Another exciting FDI city taking part in hosting EURO 2012 is Kharkiv in the north east of Ukraine. It is the second largest city in the Ukraine, with a population of around 1.5 million people.
It is a major manufacturing centre, primarily in machinery production, making turbines, tanks (the legendary T34 tank was designed here), harvesters, aircraft, and space control systems. It has 13 universities and over 150,000 students. It has 26,000 research scientists active in various research institutions including the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, the Institute of Metrology, and the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine. The city has produced 4 nobel prize winners to date.
We have met the city’s Deputy Mayor, Igor Terekhov who is a great character and super networker, just like the city itself, which is twinned with more than 20 cities across the world.
It is a football mad city, and during EURO 2012 it will be hosting three of the Group B matches between the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Portugal.
This summer, football is going to bring some interesting FDI locations in to the spotlight. UEFA EURO 2012 kicks off on 8th June, and four cities in Poland and four cities in Ukraine will be hosting what is ranked as one of the world’s top three sporting events.
One of the FDI stars is Wroclaw, a city in the south west of Poland which is actually nearer to Prague and Berlin than it is to Warsaw. With a metro population of around a million people, it is one of the top tech locations in Poland, particularly for ICT, and it is also a favoured location for BPO and shared services activities. It has a strong academic base with 27 higher education institutions and 146,000 students. It has provided the world with 10 Nobel Prize winners. It has a pro-active, high profile Mayor, and the Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency is an effective support agency for overseas investors.
During EURO 2012 it will be hosting three of the Group A matches between Poland, Greece, Russia and the Czech Republic.
Extremely useful work being undertaken by Startup Genome, a collaborative research project looking at what makes tech start-ups successful. One of the outputs of this has been an in-depth look at the various tech ecosystems across the world, and a ranking of the Top 25 Tech Locations:
1. Silicon Valley (San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Oakland)
2. New York City (NYC & Brooklyn)
5. Tel Aviv
6. Los Angeles
8. Sao Paulo
24. Washington D.C.
Is a very interesting list indeed!
Well done to James Cogan and his colleagues for their Invest In Rome project. Taking the initiative to help bring more FDI jobs to Rome and Lazio, they are setting up an FDI promotion organisation to put Rome more firmly on the FDI map.
They are currently crowdfunding for resources and are planning to deliver a transparent and inclusive organisation that will use all the wonderful digital marketing and relationship tools available to us today.
It is great to see such an initiative which adds to the current FDI landscape. These times call for new ways of doing things. Buona fortuna to Invest In Rome!
The Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2012 is a very clear and integrated call to action for Ireland. It helps to demonstrate that the country has a plan for its future economic development – it knows what it wants and it is going out to the global marketplace to get it.
One initiative that has come out of this is ConnectIreland a call to the world to help create jobs in Ireland. It is a global referral programme encouraging people to make introductions to the decision-makers in internationally expanding companies. It offers a reward for jobs created (a minimum of €1,500 per job created, to a maximum of 100 jobs) and it is drawing on the massive reach and clout of the Irish diaspora. Ireland is currently performing very well in attracting FDI, and it will be interesting to see how this smart initiative can help to further boost job creation.