Triumph of Innovation-old

An impact study by UBI Global

How the global innovation
ecosystem redefined itself to
triumph over a global pandemic

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Research Partners

The study is now closed and analysis has begun. For updates on the Report and the Expo 2020 Event, sign up below.

Learn more about the Triumph of Innovation study, report, recognition and event

A study about how business incubators and accelerators as well as corporate innovation teams took operational challenges
and turned it into innovation growth and success during the pandemic.

Research and report

The study will examine business incubators and accelerators as well as corporate innovation teams to form a holistic picture of global innovation growth and success during the pandemic.

Connecting and Matching

Study participants are able to connect with corporate partners and peers to form meaningful collaborations.

Event and Recognition

Performance recognition based on COVID-19. DEI, ESG. and corporate-startup collaboration. A special invitation will be extended to the World Expo in Dubai UAE.

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Triumph of Innovation Report Release Event

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai
Join UBI Global and our support partner District 2020 as we present the findings of the Triumph of Innovation study
and recognize the most compelling success stories to come out of the pandemic.

Triumph of Innovation Report Release

Discover the results of the #triumphstudy, conducted, analyzed, and compiled by UBI Global

Innovation Expert
Panel Discussions

Learn what innovation experts from around the world think of the #triumphstudy and their own experiences

Success Story Recognitions

Find out who rose above the global pandemic with the most inspiring innovation success stories uncovered by the study

Launch of
Global Innovation Studios

Let's celebrate as UBI Global launches Global Innovation Studios, the future insights and best practices platform for startup programs globally

Corporate Matching Activity

The power of GIS has created long-term matches between corporations and business incubators and accelerators in the #triumphstudy

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District 2020 will evolve from Expo 2020 Dubai as a human-centric future city centered on the needs of its urban community. It will provide a curated innovation-driven business ecosystem that brings together global minds and embraces technology and digital innovation to support industry growth.
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5 Reasons to Participate in the Triumph of Innovation Study

This FREE study is open to business incubators, accelerators, and corporate innovations teams.

Learn operational best-practices implemented to meet the challenges of the pandemic


Recognize success stories of startup companies


Form powerful connections with relevant incubators, their startups, and/or corporations


Highlight and be recognized for your innovation efforts during the pandemic


The opportunity to receive a special invitation to a one-of-a-kind global networking event at the World Expo in Dubai in December 2021


How it works

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Who should participate in the Triumph of Innovation study?

Who should participate in the Triumph of Innovation study? Business Incubators & Accelerators

Who participated in the Triumph of Innovation study?

Business Incubators &

Business Incubators & Accelerators support startups at all stages by providing a large array of services, from marketing to finance and legal. Startups must meet quality criteria to enroll in the program and have a controlled exit of typically three months up to five years. Business incubators often provide services for free or in exchange for fees. Business accelerators often invest in their client startups or provide stipends in return for an equity stake. Both types of programs are often run by universities, public institutions, governmental bodies, private entities, or corporations.

Corporate Innovation Teams

Corporate Innovation Teams are departments or entities affiliated with multinational organizations for the purpose of working with startups and finding innovation to further the core business, solve challenges faced by the corporation, and/or develop new technologies that create new or enhance the offering to existing customers. These teams may be a division of the corporation, a separate spin-off company, or a venture capital arm of the organization.


We study the top organizations in the world

Triumph of Innovation FAQ

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Current Status: Data analysis and report creation

Survey data outreach is complete, and participants will receive a confirmation email with a PDF reminding them of their answers. The UBI Global team will reach out to success story recognition candidates mid-November.

What kind of success stories are eligible for the Triumph of Innovation study?

To determine the effects of the global pandemic on the innovation ecosystem, the Triumph of Innovation study will ask for information on startups. The study examines data about startups that were successful in spite of the pandemic as well as the opposite perspective; startups that were successful because of the pandemic. The Triumph of Innovation study will go on to explore startups that successfully addressed DE&I initiatives and ESG criteria.

How will the Triumph of Innovation study examine DE&I Initiatives?

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe programs and policies that encourage representation and participation of diverse groups of people, including people of different genders, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, religions, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations and people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills and expertise.

Triumph of Innovation will examine internal DE&I initiatives of the world’s business incubators and accelerators as well as corporate innovation teams. It will also delve into the ways startup collaboration has helped address DE&I initiatives.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is a term to describe sustainability in many cases. In a business context, sustainability is about the company’s business model, i.e. how its products and services contribute to sustainable development. It is also about a company’s risk management, i.e., managing its own operations to minimize negative impact.

With regard to the Triumph of Innovation Study, ESG criteria have become a hot topic among PE, VC, and Angel investors in recent months. UBI Global aims to delve into the perspective of ESG criteria through our unique global network of business incubators and accelerators and their startups, while determining if corporate innovation teams are collaborating with startups to solve these issues.

The most eagerly anticipated part of the study is the corporate-startup collaboration examination. How did corporate innovation teams work with startups during the pandemic? Did this collaboration grow or shrink? What new pandemic-related issues have corporations solved through collaboration with startups? Join Global Innovation Studios as the newly launched program creates corporate-startup matches between Triumph of Innovation participants!

The Triumph of Innovation Report Release Event is a special hybrid (online and in-person) event taking place on December 8, 2021 during Expo 2020 in Dubai. Including panel discussions on corporate-startup collaboration and the top findings from the Triumph of Innovation study, UBI Global and support partner District 2020 will recognize the most inspiring startup stories from the Triumph of Innovation study. Full video access post-study will be provided to study participants through the new Global Innovation Studios platform. For news of the study, report release event, and recognitions, sign up with the form at the top of this webpage to receive updates or watch this space!

Can I attend the Triumph of Innovation report release event at the World Expo 2020 in person?

At this time, in-person attendance to the event is limited due to COVID-19 rules. Participants in the study recognized for their success stories will be invited to attend in person; other in-person attendance availability will be announced closer to the release date of December 8. Post-event video of the event, panel discussion, and recognitions will be made available on the Global Innovation Studios platform.

About Us

UBI Global was founded in 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden to identify the innovation hubs worldwide and to learn and share what makes them successful.

Our goal is to help business incubators and accelerators to improve their programs, become more attractive to startups, and increase their overall efficiency and their ability to attract investment.

Our services include a suite of education materials, management tools, communication platforms, and networking events so that innovation can continue to multiply and thrive no matter where it’s based.

The Triumph of Innovation study goal is to share knowledge, insights, and best practices, highlight success and provide recognition within the UBI Global community, which is the heart of the global innovation ecosystem. In doing so, we will form impactful collaborations between corporations, startups, and programs while showcasing that innovation will always triumph.