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Sometimes, as we work diligently with our heads down, it’s easy to forget that the entrepreneurial sphere extends beyond American waters. But startups are not only growing abroad, they’re thriving.

That’s why we asked a panel of 14 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) where they see great opportunities beyond the U.S.

Q. What is one country (besides the U.S.) where you see great opportunity for startups to succeed and why? 

Their best answers are below:

1. Israel

doreen-blochIsrael is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. There is a lot of technology and business talent in the country, and despite the small market, Israel’s proximity to Europe, Asia, and Africa as well as the high proficiency of English speaking in the country, makes it easy for startups to scale and succeed. Healthy capital markets and strong M&A activity in Israel help, too.
Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.


2. China

Ronnie CastroHardware startups might look to China to get things off the ground. In Shenzhen, there is a hardware accelerator called HAXLR8R that helps startups with mentorship and funding. Manufacturing a physical product can be really risky. With so much of the world’s manufacturing being sent to China anyway, it would be ideal to start a business in close proximity to where its products will be built.
Ronnie Castro, Porch


3. St. Lucia

ben rubensteinEntrepreneurs should look for locations that have an eager, educated, and able workforce. One example is St. Lucia. Due to high unemployment, it’s a good place to hire people that speak English. St. Lucia is also small enough that a business can establish contacts with local government and receive support. Another benefit is the cost of living is relatively low.
Ben Rubenstein, Yodle


4. New Zealand

Andrew SchrageYou can start a business in just one day in New Zealand because there are few restrictions. There’s also easy access to credit to fund your business, and its business environment is very user-friendly. - Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance


5. Chile

Alfredo AtanacioStartup Chile is a government-sponsored program to attract world-class early-stage entrepreneurs. It provides seed funding, office space, mentoring, etc.

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About Young Entrepreneur Council

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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