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Best (And Worst) States For Entrepreneurship And Innovation

Entrepreneurs starting a solution provider business should consider states with thriving technology sectors and access to venture capital.

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Entrepreneurial Spirit 

IT startups, solution providers included, are more likely to thrive and grow in states with entrepreneurial, innovative environments. It’s why so much of the U.S. IT industry is clustered in certain locations like Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin, Texas.

The Best States analysis includes criteria in entrepreneurship and innovation, helping pinpoint the geographies where startups have a better track record of success and where young solution providers can benefit from an innovative technology culture, as well as specific advantages such as access to venture capital.

Criteria include the number of technology establishments in a state, tech industry employment, and a state’s technology sector as a percentage of its total gross state product. The number of patents issued within a state and the amount of venture capital invested as a share of gross state product were key data points.

The Best States analysis also incorporated the results of a number of other rankings including’s Best Place to Start a Business startup activity rank, WalletHub’s Most and Least Innovative States, and CNBC America’s Top States for Business 2019 technology and innovation rank.

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