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Michael Dell, Kendra Scott and Whitney Wolfe Herd are among entrepreneurs based in Austin. (Dell/Kendra Scott/Bumble)

Michael Dell, Kendra Scott and Whitney Wolfe Herd already know: Austin is one of the top cities in the world for entrepreneurial success.

Austin ranks 11th among 75 international cities and sixth among U.S. cities, according to a new index from the e-commerce support platform Oberlo, which considered categories from infrastructure to financing.

Austin's ranking varied widely across categories. It outperformed in access to global markets (fourth overall), support systems available for female founders (seventh) and government COVID relief (seventh), according to the index. It underperformed in areas of human tech capital (19th), unemployment benefits (31st) and logistics infrastructure (32nd).

The top-ranked city in the world is London, which received a perfect score on the index. The U.S. cities that came in ahead of Austin include New York in second place, San Francisco in third, Los Angeles in sixth, Boston in eighth and Chicago in 10th.


Austin ranked second among U.S. metros in the 2017 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, which has since been retired. At the time, entrepreneurs made up 0.51% of the adult population—or one out of every 200 people.

And the city ranks sixth among large U.S. metros in terms of new business formation per capita, according to the Austin Chamber. There were 3.5 employer firms with less than two years in business per 1,000 population in 2017, the latest year for which data is available, compared to 2.6 nationally.



Whether you became a home chef when the pandemic began or have always enjoyed crafting delicious meals, it’s undeniable that no home is complete without a cozy kitchen.

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(Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook Off/Facebook)

Sample some spirits
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.

Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.