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The UBI World Benchmark Study 2017 – 2018

of University-linked Business Incubators & Accelerators

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Introduction

In the information age, entrepreneurs and the startups they create have become the central drivers of economic growth. Across sectors, young firms consistently achieve larger employment growth than more mature companies. Realizing the tremendous socio-economic potential of vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems, private entities and governments around the world have started to support the establishment of business incubation programs that catalyze the creation of startups and the development of supportive environments. Not surprisingly, business incubation has evolved into an industry, providing greater results more efficiently than other type of economic development program.

In this context, university-linked incubation programs have come to play a particularly important role in many countries’ innovation strategies.

While the programs and their client startups benefit from the ready availability of talent, research, and infrastructure, the universities gain manifold extracurricular education, research commercialization, and application opportunities.

The UBI World Benchmark Study 2017 - 2018 is the most exclusive and comprehensive benchmark study of university-linked business incubators and accelerators. In this 4th edition of the study the aim is highlight and present the development of the incubation industry, as well as, show its technological trends and impact in the startup ecosystem and in the economy in general.

Definitions

Benchmark Landscape

Programs Assessed

Programs Qualified

Programs Applied

Programs Benchmarked

Jobs created & sustained

70,000+

Graduates 2012-2016

14,500+

Clients served 2016

10,000+

Sales revenue

$3.2 B+

Investment attracted

$4.7 B+

53

Countries

387

Locations

259

Programs

6

Regions

North America

Latin America

Europe

Asia-Pacific

Africa

Middle East & North Africa

Top 5 countries represented

Brazil

Mexico

Canada

United States

Colombia

Business Model

Program type

Not-for-profit
Business Incubators

For-profit
Business Incubators

Not-for-profit
Business Accelerators

For-profit
Business Accelerators

Sources of funds

Government

Corp. Sponsorship

Service Fee

Other

Events

Space Rental

University

ROI

Donations

Average budget per program

$670,000+

Total budget

$174,000,000+

Total self-generated revenue

$110,000,000+

Budget allocation

Mean

Median

Top industries represented*

Business to consumer
56%
Business to business
55%
Healthcare
54%
IT-services
53%
Renewable energy
46%
Agriculture
44%
Medical technology
44%
EdTech
42%
CleanTech
40%
BioTech
40%

Top technologies utilized*

Internet of things
71%
Big data
56%
Digital health
45%
Artificial intelligence
44%
Gamification
42%
Wearables
37%
Virtual reality
35%
Augmented reality
34%
Cybersecurity
30%
Machine to machine
27%
Nanotechnology
24%
Smart-grid
24%
Other
14%
Blockchain
14%
Telematics
12%
Genomic technologies
11%
Biometric authentication
9%
Quantum computing
5%

*Percentage of programs that have at least one startup in that field

Social Focus

Programs with client startups working
on social issues

Social Ventures

*Number of incubation programs with a percentage in range of their client
startups working with social issues

Domain addressed by client startups
with social focus

Issue adressed by Social Client Startups

Testimonials

Participating Programs

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About UBI

WE MAP, HIGHLIGHT AND CONNECT THE WORLD OF BUSINESS INCUBATION

UBI Global is a Stockholm-based data and advisory firm specializing in mapping and highlighting the world of business incubation. Through a network of more than 500 member organizations globally, we provide matchmaking, ranking, benchmarking, and research services to corporations and business incubation programs. UBI Global measures the impact and performance of business incubation programs with a proprietary evaluation model. As part of its bi-annual world benchmark study, the company releases the world’s top performing university-linked business incubator and accelerator rankings, in which more than 700 organizations from over 70 countries have participated to date.