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2019 STARTUP OUTLOOK
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STARTUPS ARE FOCUSED ON INNOVATING DESPITE UNCERTAINTY

Image of the words 10 years of Startup Outlook SVB is pleased to present the 10th edition of our annual Startup Outlook Report, focusing on the innovation economies of
the US, the UK, China and Canada.
 

When we launched Startup Outlook a decade ago, our goal was to provide a forum for entrepreneurs to share their outlook — in order
to help startups, policymakers and the public understand innovation’s contribution to the US economy. Since then, we’ve added reports covering the UK and China, and this year we introduce the inaugural Canada Startup Outlook.

Our goal is unchanged: to report the views of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs. In the 2019 Startup Outlook, read how technology and life science founders and executives in the US, the UK, China and Canada are planning for growth amid economic uncertainty. They tell us they are generally optimistic about opportunities to fund their businesses, expand their workforces and continue innovating while recognizing marketplace and political challenges.

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US entrepreneurs are confident about 2019 business conditions. They are focusing on raising capital and hiring, but uncertainty is adding to challenges. Access to capital for many companies has been improving in the past two years.

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UK entrepreneurs are realistic about getting business done as Brexit unpredictability continues. They are planning for growth, even as accessing talent and international capital may become more difficult.

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Entrepreneurs in China are optimistic about business conditions ahead. But there is uncertainty around the availability of startup capital and how China-US trade policy may impact their businesses.

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Entrepreneurs in Canada are positive about the future. They are planning to raise capital and expand their workforces while recognizing the challenges of accessing funds and finding talent.

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Women in Technology Leadership 2019

SLOW PROGRESS TOWARD GENDER PARITY
Our annual report finds that about half of startups have at least one woman in leadership — and progress toward gender parity is slow, particularly on startup boards.

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