Maps Out the Global Startup Ecosystem

By Devon Glenn 

A new tool for mapping the entire startup ecosystem has sprung from an early stage investment network called AngelList. uses the AngelList API to collect data on startups, accelerators, tech conferences, and influencers and display the information on a searchable map of the world.

The company was founded in Zagreb, Croatia, by Filip Topol.

Until now, Crunchbase was the go-to source for looking up information about startup companies and their investors. Although it’s still in development, adds a visual element to an emerging scene that now extends far beyond Silicon Valley.

A quick look at the map shows startup activity in six out seven continents. What’s interesting is that both the mapping tool and its data source catch many of these startups before they’re even on the map in terms of success.

AngelList connects early stage startups to potential investors. The site provides document writing and other tools for companies to close their investment rounds online, and for as little as $1,000 at a time, which startups have already used to raise a combined $1 million in less than a month.

Other parties have used the service to make their introductions online and then meet up in the real world to seal the deal. links to AngelList profiles for each of these investors and startups the map. The profiles contain a product description and list the names of the founders, investors, advisors, and team members for the companies, as well as a history of their funding rounds and recommendations from colleagues.

The fledgling companies don’t immediately make all of their funding information public. In December, AngelList reported raising $12.3 million for startups throughout the month, but couldn’t disclose the names of the startups and investors or the dollar amounts for each.

A company representative explained at the time, “We are unable to discuss such matters as they are private financings that are only publicly disclosed at the discretion of the startup or where required by securities regulations.”

But alumni of the program can later fill the site with data that can be used to track investment trends in the future. As other outlets have noted, other cities that are looking to build a startup scene of their own will be very interested in seeing where the money goes.