HSE researchers examined 36 cities that stand at the forefront in terms of attracting innovative class and designed the Overall Global Cities Innovation Index (HSE GCII). The 120 indicators of the HSE GCII were grouped into three blocks, — namely Technological Development, Creative Industries, and Urban Environment, and 20 sections.

Moscow ranked eighth among cities in the world in terms of innovative attractiveness. The Russian capital is ahead of Seoul and Singapore and is leading in the development of digital infrastructure, the number of Wi-Fi access points (36 642), scientific technology parks (39) and coworking spaces.

Moscow also ranked ninth in terms of the number of startups attracted. Moscow gained 11th place for its' patent activity - 21.2 thousand applications, which is almost 20% of all Russian applications for registration of inventions.

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