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UBI Global membership services are tailored to business incubators and accelerators
that wish to be more connected, effective, successful, and sustainable

Insight, interaction, and opportunities -- all #1 reasons to be a part of UBI Global's international community of innovators

Incubation leaders need to discuss and learn with each other and they can use UBI Global as the platform to interact, network and soft landing.

Jane Liu

Director, Innovation Incubation Center at Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung

This is a brilliant initiative. Becoming part of a larger global network is bene cial for the startup community worldwide.

Derrick Kotze

CEO, Mlab Southern Africa, Pretoria

The benchmark is an excellent instrument for our internal SWOT Analysis.

Elena Silinskaya

Business Development Director, iDealMachine, Saint Petersburg

Delighted to be a part of this initiative. Thank you for all the support.

Bhavesh Kothari

Co-founder, TheMentorprenerus, Mumbai

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the survey. We look forward to using the information to improve and plan for the delivery and evolution of our services. UBI is providing a critical service to our sector.

Ian Hand

Executive Director, SFU Venturelabs, Vancouver

We will use the UBI Global Benchmark with our local government and policymakers to develop the regional ecosystem.  

Francesca Formichini

CEO, The Hive, Ancona

The UBI benchmark is an excellent initiative that proposes and motivates the incubators to reflect on their programs and activities. It represents a great opportunity to know and learn about global standards and parameters of incubator programs.

Pablo Ignacio Peralta

Manager, FIDE - Fundación para la Incubación de Empresas, Córdoba

UBI Global team, thank you for your amazing support with connecting us to our international industry peers and helping us during our business model best practices research. Your KPIs helped us sharpen our vision and trajectory.

Erik Boer

Director, Amsterdam Venture LAB BV, Amsterdam

UBI Global has brought together the world’s university business incubators and given us a collective voice. Together, we can now speak very loudly on behalf of our client entrepreneurs, incubators, and team members.

Simon Bond

Innovation Director, The Setsquared Partnership, Southampton (i.a.)

Join our international, interactive learning community
of over 700 business incubators and accelerators
in more than 70 countries

Be effective

You work hard to support your startups. Gain insights, tips, and best practices to boost your impact, efficiency, and ROI.

Be connected

You miss a lot when operating alone. Find peers worldwide in our interactive learning community to exchange ideas and share knowledge.

Be successful

You are key to the global innovation ecosystem. Participate in the World Benchmark Study to check your performance and gain recognition.

Be sustainable

You support and launch talented entrepreneurs. Find collaborations, corporate partners, and inspiration through our events to strengthen and grow your program.

Membership perks

UBI ConnectNEW

Our digital engagement platform is specially designed for incubators and accelerators to collaborate and build relationships with their peers anytime-- and from anywhere. Profile pages can display incubation program details- including the portfolio of startups, as well as successes and activities. Users can access individual benchmark and ranking results from UBI Global securely, and download more general publications and insights.

World Incubation Summit

Our annual, invitation-only, interactive event takes place in select locations worldwide for members of the UBI Global learning community plus participating corporations and leaders. It highlights top-performing incubation programs; shares UBI Global's insights; kicks off the World Startup Challenge; and introduces opportunities for business development.

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World Benchmarks & Rankings

Business incubators and accelerators worldwide can participate in our original research which marks performance; highlights best practices; and reveals leaders and success stories. The insights we present are comprehensive and data-driven. Results are actionable to support programs' goals for expansion, funding, and improvement.

World Startup Challenge

We are launching a unique global firestarter competition that identifies the 1,000 most promising startups in our worldwide innovation community. It matches them with corporations for rewards, investment, and mentorship. Over 700 business incubation programs worldwide represent 20,000+ startups. Each budding startup is filled with talented entrepreneurs developing exciting, new business ideas.

2 Step Application Process for New Members

To become part of UBI Global’s network, please tell us more about you and your organization

Application

Select your membership
level and submit
application

Assessment call

Schedule a short
assessment call with one of
our team members

Are you ready to activate your innovation?

Apply to join our international, interactive learning community of over 700 business incubators & accelerators from more than 70 countries

Standard Member

Free

Participation for a 2 year period

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Pro Member

$650/$950

University-managed - $650
Non University-managed - $950
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Community
UBI Connect- The Engagement Platform for Innovation Hubs

The digital platform was specially designed to connect the leaders of the global incubation community, facilitate international collaboration, and empower its members to make their incubation programs more effective, efficient, and competitive.

2 user logins

5 user logins; list startup portfolio; access to discussion forum

UBI Engage Member Magazine

UBI Engage — The Monthly Member Magazine keeps you informed about the exciting developments in the world of business incubation and within the UBI Global community. Each issue features news, updates, and feature stories from around the world.

Supported by Blog & Social Media

UBI Global's communication department is charged with promoting the amazing work our member incubation programs are doing around the world. We announce new members, activities, and initiatives as well as invite program leaders to contribute articles and even guest-blog.

Guest blogging and mentions as appropriate

Guest blogging and mentions as appropriate

Program Assessment Tools
Program Assessment Methodology

PowerPoint slide deck and supporting materials that explain UBI Global's proprietary research methodology. The methodology is designed to evaluate business incubators' and accelerators' absolute impact and relative performance across 21 dimensions, using a comprehensive set of key performance indicators (KPIs). UBI Global's research projects holistically assess participating programs, identify their strengths and weaknesses, generate actionable metrics and provide recommendations on how they can further improve their impact and performance.

KPI Directory for Measurement

The KPI Directory provides a succinct overview of the 21 key performance indicators (brief definitions, units of measurement, terms, and relative weights) UBI Global uses to assess the impact and performance of business incubators and accelerators worldwide. The 21 KPIs are grouped in seven differently weighted subcategories: Economy Enhancement (4), Talent Retention (2), Competence Development (2), Access to Funds (3), Access to Network (3), Program Attractiveness (3) and Post-incubation Performance (4). These subcategories are grouped in three equally weighted performance categories: Value for Ecosystem, Value for Client Startups and Value for Incubation Program.

Education & Best Practices
World Benchmark Study Report

An in-depth description, assessment, and interpretation of the impact, performance, challenges, and opportunities of business incubators and accelerators worldwide. Based on the UBI Global World Benchmark Study 2019-2020.

Participants of the study receive it free of cost; otherwise, at a 50% discount

FREE

Rankings Report

The Rankings Report showcases top-performing incubators and accelerators from around the world.

FREE

FREE

Rankings Report (Top 25)

Participants of the study receive it free of cost; otherwise, at a 50% discount

FREE

Best Practices Report

The Best Practice Report showcases detailed success stories and best practices from top-performing business incubators and accelerators worldwide. Each case study is based on the experience of the CEO or manager of the respective program and broken down into four essential areas: Business Model – Viable revenue models, generating commercial revenue, the role of public funding, the role of stakeholders, and how to sustain a business model Operational Budget – How top business incubation programs spend their funds, extracting value from limited budgets, and how budget optimization affects the success of the program Business Incubation Management – Drivers of successful and effective management and key factors for running and managing a successful business incubation program Deal Flow and Talent – How to ensure a healthy deal flow, managing talent pipelines, attracting and screening great client startup.

50% discount

FREE

White Papers

FREE

FREE

Success Stories Report

Get your most successful startups exposed to a global audience. The featured companies are nominated by their incubators/accelerators and presented by UBI Global as examples of what success can look like.

FREE

FREE (ability to feature your incubator and startups)

Impact Studies

FREE

FREE

Inc Start Program

This cohort-based program jump-starts early-stage business incubators and accelerators. It is designed to increase their impact and performance in supporting the entrepreneurs and startups they serve, as well as their communities. IncStart is divided into three stages: Stage 1) Needs assessment and planning Stage 2) Program implementation and operations Stage 3) Growth and sustainability

Entry price*

Discounted*

World Benchmark Study Participation

Reasons to benchmark your incubation program include gaining knowledge of the composition and success factors of the incubation landscape nationally and internationally, as well as understanding performance and opportunities for improvement.

Participation

The UBI Global World Benchmark Study is the most exclusive and comprehensive global benchmark study of business incubators and accelerators. This 5th edition of the study explores, maps, and showcases the development of the international incubation industry, assesses and compares business incubators and accelerators worldwide, and uncovers trends and developments in the global economy in general and the incubation and innovation industry in particular.

Ranking
Performance Infographic Individual Results
Completion certificate
Logo for participation (top ranked)
Logo for participants
Scorecard PowerPoint Deck

$600

50% discount (final cost = $300)

Live Presentation (1 hour) of Scorecard results

$600

$600

Documentation & Branding
UBI Global Member Badge

This is a digital jpeg file that can be used on your website and digital channels to show that your program is a member of the UBI Global international, interactive learning community

Your logo on UBI Global website

$25

FREE

Featured in Startup Success report

This report is filled with case studies of incubation programs plus 2-3 of their successful startups. It is available for download cost-free and serves as a promotional tool for the incubation programs, raising awareness in the greater innovation landscape.

Events
World Incubation Summit 2019- Entry

This is a key invite-only international conference that brings together an exclusive group of 300+ business incubators and accelerators, corporate innovation leaders, and policy makersfrom across the globe. The 2019 event's theme is “Activate Your Innovation“, as we aim to share ways to improve performance, sustainability, and knowledge of local, regional, and nationalbusiness incubation efforts, best practices, and more. The event includes workshops, networking opportunities, discussions and enrichment activities.

Only guaranteed for World Benchmark Study participants

Guaranteed entry

World Incubation Summit Entry- Ticket cost

Entry includes access to all the discussions, panel presentations, and workshops plus pre- and post- event activities such as local innovation tours and interactive seminars.

Full price

10% discount

UBI on Tour

UBI Global organizes exclusive trips to discover innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world. You will learn about emerging trends and technologies, meet with key stakeholders in the respective ecosystem, uncover partner and sponsorship opportunities, and get inspired to further develop your strategy to become a thought leader at home.

seat as available; ticket cost at full price

guaranteed seat; ticket cost at a 50% discount

Corporate Collaboration
Featured in Success Stories Report
Featured in Radar Intelligence Brief

UBI Radar – The Monthly Incubation Intelligence and Matchmaking Brief keeps corporate innovation managers informed about the exciting developments in the world of business incubation in general and in the UBI Global member community in particular. Each issue features news from the global, regional, and national incubation industries, programs, and startups.

World Incubation Summit Attendance

UBI Global holds these conferences every year in a different location. In 2018, the location was Toronto, Canada. In 2019 it will be held October 28-31 in Doha, Qatar. The event sets the stage for networking and exploring opportunities for collaboration with corporations.

World StartUp Challenge

This unique global "firestarter" competition identifies the 1,000 most promising startups in our worldwide innovation community. It matches them with corporations for rewards, investment, and mentorship. It's another great way to support your startups!

Standard Member

Free

Apply
Pro Member

$650/$950

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15% discount on 2 years membership

FAQ

Why should my Incubation Program join UBI Global's Member Network?

To engage with peers around the world and become more effective, efficient, and competitive! We connect you with hundreds of like-minded incubation program managers and empower you to compare your program's impact and performance to hundreds of national, regional, and international incubators and accelerators. Moreover, we promote your activities, highlight your successes, and connect you and your startups with relevant corporate partners, sponsors, and investors.

What are the main differences between free (standard) and paid (pro) membership?

Pro membership entails a more granular analysis of your impact and performance data, deeper insights, and more detailed recommendations. Moreover, pro members enjoy discounts as well as priority access to many of our initiatives, publications, and events. Finally, whenever we receive partnership, sponsorship, or investment matchmaking requests from our corporate partners we gauge interest with our pro members before engaging the entire network.

For how long is my membership valid?

Memberships are valid for two years from the end of the month in which you were accepted into the UBI Global Member Community. For instance, if you joined on January 15, 2018, your membership would be valid until January 31, 2020. Pro membership is valid for one year and billed annually. You are welcome to upgrade at any given time.

Are members required to participate in UBI Global's benchmark studies?

No. You can enjoy many of the membership benefits without participating in any of our studies. However, in order to get most value out of your membership, we strongly recommend that you participate in our research initiatives. Participation in our studies provides you with actionable insights and case-specific recommendations how to improve your program. Moreover, it empowers you to directly compare your program's impact and performance to national, regional, and international reference groups. Participation in any of our studies is voluntary and free of charge.

Ready to activate your innovation?

Apply to join today to become more connected,
effective, sucsessful, and sustainable