Top University Business Incubators – Global Benchmark 15/16

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Top University Business Incubators - Global Benchmark 15/16

Whether you are a University managed, University affiliated or a University non-affiliated incubator or accelerator, UBI Global’s comprehensively unmatched Global Benchmark 2015/16 Report gives you an in depth insight look in to the best practices and trends in incubation today and allows you to learn and take insights from those incubators that are trailblazing the industry

A well structured and resourceful incubation program will always have a positive effect on its ecosystem and create waves of flourishing startups, but not all incubators achieve these desired results. So what separates average incubators from the top performing incubators in the world?

As business incubators and accelerators become more commonplace worldwide, incubation impact and assessment must become a global matter of interest but currently very few others have taken the time to really look at and study in any great depth what defines a top incubator.

The Global Benchmark 2015/16 report closely examines 332 business incubators in 64 countries from 6 Geographic regions to determine the qualities that make top incubators out perform their counterparts not only in their specific geographic regions but also on a global and sector specific levels the 2015/16 Global Benchmark allows you to use these insights and learn the most important Key Performance Indicators and help you to implement these best practices inside your incubator.

An Incubator Benchmark Scorecard is also included  within Global Benchmark 2015/16 and can be used to guide you on how your incubator compares to others on a wide range of data points and over 50 KPIs, so you can recognize weaknesses and improve performance.

You will find key figures about the performance of each featured incubator and the secrets and tips behind their success, as well as exclusive interviews with the directors and CEOs of these world-leading incubators.

Compare your incubator with others in your country and region or see where you rank against other incubators globally in relation to your incubators sector focus, there are 7 sectors to choose from and 6 regions from which to build comparisons.

Sector focus:

  • ICT (Web, Mobile, etc.)
  • Social
  • Biotech
  • Life Sciences
  • Cleantech
  • Non-specialized (mix-use)
  • Other

An example of just some of the KPIs we assess incubators with:

  • Sector focus
  • Yearly operational budget
  • Number of employees
  • Average submissions received per year & average accepted submission per year
  • Duration of incubation program
  • Available funding from all sources
  • Size of investor network
  • Number of events organized
  • Number of partners
  • Number of sponsors
  • Background of coaches & mentor

The UBI Global Benchmark Framework will allow you to measure your incubators performance and the impact it is having on its ecosystem. The offshoot of this being that after you measure the economic impact your incubator is generating with its activities, you can prove to others its importance in your ecosystem in the formation of such thing as creating jobs and retaining talent.

In this year’s Global Benchmark adjustments have been made to geographic regions we benchmarked, with the creation of  a new region, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), we have also changed the definition of South America to include Mexico. This was at the request of Mexican incubators and accelerators that felt they could be more fairly benchmarked against their South American counterparts in terms of resources and interests rather than more established Incubators and accelerators of North America.

For the very first time UBI Global’s newest Global Benchmark now includes a specific category dedicated to accelerators. Both Incubators and accelerators are divided and arranged by being put into one of three categories allowing you to easily compare your incubator or accelerator to others in the relevant category.

These categories are:

Category 1 – University managed (majorly operated by the university)
Category 2 – University affiliated (not managed by the university but has a formal affiliation with the university)
Category 3 – University non-affiliation (works closely with the university but has no formal affiliation with any university)

Definitions & Methodology

  • Definition
  • Difference Between Ranking And Benchmarking
  • Ranking Methodology
  • Benchmarking Categories

Sample & Landscape

  • Regions
  • Sectors
  • Phases


  • Global Score
  • Applications
  • VC or Angel Funding
  • Surviving & Growing
  • Budget Allocation
  • Top Services Provided

Insights & Best Practices

  • Your Metrics
  • What Will You Use The Scorecard For?
  • Case Study: SETsquared
  • Upcoming Publications

Rankings 2015

  • Available December 2015

Participation Directory

  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East And North Africa
  • North America

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Dhruv Bhatli

Co-founder, UBI Global

Dhruv is an author, entrepreneur and researcher with deep interest in improving entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world. He spearheads the research and product development at UBI Global. He is also the author of “Top University Business Incubators – Global Benchmark 2013” and numerous research papers for internationally reputed journals. Concurrently he teaches at management programs of numerous European business schools

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