This analysis closely evaluated important areas in the innovation policies of individual countries and compared them on the basis of twelve categories. A total of 38 nations were examined.
The assessment categories used in the Innovation Scorecard include the attitude of governments towards disruptive technologies such as the sharing economy or self-driving vehicles. In addition to the expansion and costs of broadband Internet, the tax system and environmental protection also play a key role in the analysis. Accordingly, Austria performs particularly well in the fields of research and development, broadband infrastructure and favorable laws or regulations in the field of self-driving cars. Alongside Austria, the Innovation Champions 2018 include Finland, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, USA, Singapore, Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark and New Zealand.