• Innovation Economy Outlook

    The voice of innovative companies worldwide

  • Momentum defines the innovation landscape in 2014

    The global innovation economy is booming across industries and geographies. Businesses large and small are capitalizing on opportunities in sofware, hardware, cleantech and healthcare. Yet looming challenges temper ambitious plans for growth, as entrepreneurs must overcome hurdles in scaling operations, finding talent and securing funding. Drawing on survey responses from more than 1,200 executives worldwide, we offer targeted and comprehensive analysis of the issues facing these companies worldwide. U.S. innovation hubs have their own unique set of dynamics as revealed in our 11 U.S. regional reports .

    The study also explored the experience of female executives. To hear their stories, visit our Women in Technology Leadership page or see our 2014 findings .

    High-growth innovation companies in the UK anticipate impressive job growth in 2014 as they take a global approach to business expansion.
    With the most positive outlook in the last five years, US executives report significant momentum in performance, global expansion, access to capital and job creation.
    Executives from tech hubs worldwide gave us their perspectives on growth opportunities at home and abroad in today’s interconnected market.
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    About Innovation Economy Outlook

    Silicon Valley Bank asks executives of innovation companies annually how things are going, whether they're planning to hire, and how government policies are affecting their growth. This year’s global survey was conducted online on our behalf by a third-party firm, Q&A Research, from January 8 through January 29, 2014.

    Results for Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook Study 2014 were collected from a sample of 1,218 executives around the world. Of these, 1,004 are with U.S. companies, 100 with U.K. companies and the remaining 114 with companies located in other markets around the world.

    The vast majority of respondents come from the C-suite: 56% are CEOS, 18% are CFOs and 9% are other C-level executives.

    The largest concentration of responses comes from the software sector (59%), followed by healthcare (22%), hardware (9%), cleantech (4%) and other industries (6%).

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