September 10, 2010 by staff 

Tirana, Minsk, Tirana, and Montevideo can be good places to find the next big idea in the future, but for now, Boston is the true center of the universe when it comes to innovation.

So claims 2thinknow, an Australian consulting firm said it investigated about 300 cities around the world to determine what should be classified as the first city in the global innovation economy.

Developed in 2007, the index ranks cities based on common industry measurement and 31 segments of the community weighed against global trends, the company said. After processing all data, said 2thinknow determined that Boston is once again at best.

“This year, Paris and Amsterdam contested first place with Boston, which ranked second and third respectively in the Top 100 Cities 2thinknow Innovation Index,” the company said in a press release. “Since 2009 has been moved from Vienna to New York fourth and the fifth position.”

The index also looked at the “upstart cities, which are identified with future potential for innovation,” the company said. Harvest of this year’s upstart cities included “often overlook the cities of Minsk, Tirana, and Montevideo, “said 2thinknow.

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