Where are all the UK start-ups? (plasticbag.org). Indeed! And the Belgium ones? In Belgium, for example, startups US style (a few people come together and create a great product) are almost non-existent. It’s hard to get money, it’s hard to get any kind of support, you have no peers and everyone looks at you like you’re crazy.
In NYC, on the other hand, a week doesn’t go by where I don’t have beer with people doing startups. The difference is amazing.