Madison has been ranked as a leading high-tech hub nationally. This Technology Index ranking is based on economic competitiveness in the technology field and combines a measure of the concentration of high-tech companies, and two measures of regional innovation – patents per capita and average annual patent growth.
Madison’s “budding tech hub” centered around the University of Wisconsin contributed significantly to the strong ranking. Madison ranked 17th, and Seattle, San Jose, and San Francisco topped the ranking. Madison continues to be recognized as a top tech and startup hub, and was also ranked as a top place for entrepreneurs earlier this year.