INCStart is designed to support incubators through three stages of growth:
Stage 1) Needs assessment and planning
Stage 2) Program implementation and operations
Stage 3) Growth and sustainability
Having launched, operated, and coached world class university-linked incubation programs around the world, The IncStart team has learned that these programs come in many flavors and are part of larger ecosystems- within their academic institutions and within their regions. Each incubator has unique needs and goals. This means it is not effective to chart a general, "one size fits all" path to growth.
Focused around a series of face-to-face workshops and using a supportive mentorship model, the IncStart Accelerator program has been developed by industry experts through an international alliance between UBI Global in Sweden, Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland, Ryerson University in Canada, and The Pivotal Point in Canada. The group represents leading expertise in positioning, launching, monitoring and growing university-linked incubation programs.
The focus is how to make incubators and accelerators self-sustaining, effective, and efficient. Coaching includes how to improve startup success and develop thriving innovation ecosystems so that participants:
Innovation Consultant, Pivotal Point
Director of Zone Learning, Ryerson University
Head of degree program M.Sc., Entrepreneurship Oulu University of Applied Sciences
The innovate incubate network of Canada (I-INC) is a pan-Canadian, internationally connected netowrk of high-performance university-linked accelrations and incubators. I-INC creates an ecosystem for the effecient commercialization of University based and science and technology-enabled innovation
I-INC was founded in 2014 by Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) with the support of the Canada Accelerator Incubator Program (CAIP), delivered by the National Research Council—Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), which awarded funding to best-in-class Canadian accelerators and incubator.