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Ranking: Top Business Incubator – Collaborating with University – 2017/2018

Released February 23 at UBI Awards in Toronto as part of the World Incubation Summit 2018

A top university-linked incubation program is a business incubator or accelerator connected to an institution of higher education that achieves outstanding impact and performance relative to its global peers. The program outperforms its global peers with regard to the value it provides to its innovation ecosystem and its client startups, as well as the attractiveness of the program itself.

World Top Business Incubator – Collaborating with University – business incubators in this subgroup have no formal affiliation, but closely collaborate with one or more partner universities, generally based on a memorandum of understanding.

#1 Guinness Enterprise Centre, Ireland

#2 Montpellier BIC, France

#3 Shell Iniciativa Jovem, Brazil

#4 Peninsula, Spain
– jointly shared with –
MIDI Tecnológico, Brazil

#6 Startup Clúster S.AP.I. de C.V., Mexico

#7 Emerging Technology Centers, United States

#8 Ingria Residentship Program, Russia

#9 Startup Lisboa, Portugal
– jointly shared with –
#9 Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), United States


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