Uppsala Innovation Centre har utsetts till Europas femte bästa företagsinkubator enligt UBI Global Benchmark 2015. UIC, som är nära kopplad till Uppsala universitet, jämfördes med 117 företagsinkubatorer med någon koppling till universitet fördelat på 28 europeiska länder..//..
Business incubators help promising starters become successful companies more quickly – by providing them with professional support (such as workspace, coaching, networking opportunities) and capital. University business incubators – such as iMinds – add to that mix the availability and expertise of their academic researchers..//..
“We believe that it is absolutely critical for incubators to network and join forces. The first obvious reason is to learn from each other and innovate current practices” said Marco Cantamessa, President and CEO of I3P and PNICube. “The other reason is to find ways to pool their startup and corporate networks, in order to achieve critical mass, and to improve the value being offered to their ecosystems. This European event will be a unique opportunity to make a step change in this direction for university incubators in the region”…//..
This Autumn, just as FIFA released their new world rankings that saw Sweden move up from 37th to 36th (we’re way behind Iceland) and QS World University Rankings announced that Massachusetts Institute of Technology had held on to its top spot for the fourth year in a row, UBI Global will similarly release the results of its annual world rankings to reveal the best in class in global incubation.
Upon the release of the world rankings, we will be traveling to each of the regions we benchmark* (Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa, North America) to reveal the individual regional incubator rankings. Before we embark on this world tour, the co-founders, myself (CEO Ali Amin) and Director of Research, Dhruv Bhatli, will be conducting a webinar on UBI’s ranking methodology on September 30th.
*Results for UBI Awards for Africa will be presented during a webinar, with a date still to be confirmed.
At UBI Global we have three types of ranking categories:
An incubator is ranked depending on its belonging to these category groups, but we benchmark them against all. The difference between ranking and benchmarking is that ranking implies the ordering of the incubation program according to their performance, while benchmarking means the comparison of one particular program taken out of the sample against a point of reference which in this case are top performing incubators.
Theodore Mitchell, president of the Occidental College, once said:
“Rankings are a distortion of an institution’s character and, at worst, a kind of tyrannical tool to get institutions to chase after a single vision of what good higher education is”
While there is some weight in this rather ominous statement, one might argue that rankings are in many cases the foundation and outset for encouraging change to any organisation that has been lagging due to it being stuck in its ways.
Other common grievances associated with ranking include:
We believe the key to identifying the top university business incubators lies in using the right criteria. UBI Global research team together with prominent top thinkers, experts and advisors believe that any such incubator must be measured on three global performance categories*:
*Also known as Bhatli & Eriksson framework to measure incubator performance (2013)
To achieve this we at UBI Global follow a two-pronged approach to rank and benchmark university business incubators and accelerators.
First, a thorough ranking process that identifies the top performing incubators and second, a benchmark process that stacks incubators against the reference line to identify the strengths, weaknesses and best practices associated with improving the performance of benchmarked incubators.
The offshoot of this approach allows us to do the following:
In an effort to discuss this topic further, on the 30th of the September we held our Ask UBI webinar, where we dissected the approach UBI Global uses to process the data we receive from the incubators taking part in our rankings and benchmarks and lifted the curtain on our methodology.
You can watch webinar below.
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