Conclusions from the Academic Entrepreneurship Conference in Enschede:
Sao Leopoldo incubator wins international award for best Science Based Incubator 2014
During the Academic Entrepreneurship Conference in Enschede, The Netherlands, the Technopolicy Network has ranked TECNOSINOS Unitec Incubator in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, as the best science-based incubator in the world. This incubator has performed especially well in the way it has managed to be self-sustainable in generating its income.
The 12th Technopolicy Science Based Incubator Award ranked incubators from more than 20 countries in three categories (self-sustainability, growth, and return on public investment). The overall winner achieved the best overall score. The Technopolicy Network is a network of knowledge regions which exchanges best practices in regional innovation policies with a focus on science-based entrepreneurship.
From the outcomes of the conference we have discovered several results which can impact the further development of academic entrepreneurship. For the conclusions & recommendations resulting from the conference click here.
The competition was based on a methodology originally developed by CSES and the Technopolicy Network for a European Commission study ‘Benchmarking of Business Incubators’. The award scheme is now in its 12th year.
We use a methodology of 25 quantitative indicators capturing different aspects of incubator and client business performance, and the opinion of an international jury of incubator experts.
The award categories are: (1) top 3 best performing science-based incubators (with sub-categories – growth, sustainability, return on investment); and (2) 3 best performing ‘new’ incubators that started operations in past 5 years.
Self sustainability: TECNOSINOS Unitec Incubator, Sao Leopoldo.
TECNOSINOS Unitec Incubator scored best at sustainability and in the relationship with knowledge institutes.
Growth: I3P S.c.p.a., Torino
The incubator I3P S.c.p.a. scored exceptional within the criteria of growth. Especially the percentage of the incubator space that is currently occupied is the highest among the participants.
Return on Public Investment: Incubadora de Empresas da Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro.
Incubadora de Empresas da Universidade de Aveiro scored the highest of al participants in return on investment.
Best New Incubator: 91 Springboard, Delhi
The incubator 91springboard scored best at sustainability and return on investments in the category of new incubators
Frank Zwetsloot, CEO of the Technopolicy Network, presents the trophy to Susana Kakuta, CEO of Tecnosinos and the winner of the SBI Awards.
Conclusions from our Russian partner the AIRR of the successful conference on International Clustering and Technology Matchmaking (23 and 24 April in Kazan, Russia)
Within the framework of the Conference the participants discussed the innovative system of territorial clusters as an instrument of improving the competitiveness of regions and the evaluation system for innovative development of regions, created by one of the eight committees of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia in cooperation with the National Research University «Higher School of Economics», RANEPA and the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, as well as the issue of supporting territorial innovative clusters.
The Conference was opened by the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and the Executive Director of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia Ivan Bortnik.
Ivan Bortnik told the participants about the AIRR’s rating and underlined that no radical distinctions should be made between this evaluation system and the rating by the National Research University «Higher School of Economics». He noted that despite the essential differences of approaches between these organizations, the principles, which these methods are based on, are similar. According to the Executive Director of the AIRR, among the rating’s goals are: to increase the new evaluation system’s credibility, to rely on the European system and to focus on the prospects of the region’s development.
Senior fellow of the RANEPA’s Institute of Applied Economic Sciences and expert of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia Alla Sorokina evaluated the influence of the cluster on region’s position in the rating, using the Moscow Region (the city of Dubna) as an example. Evgeniy Kutsenko, a senior fellow at the National Research University «Higher School of Economics», noted that the position in rating is not as important as the strengths and weaknesses of the particular constituent entity, its innovative profile. The Head of the innovative direction at the Interdepartmental Analytical Center Vladimir Kiselev spoke of the federal innovative policy.
The foreign models were presented by the Director of the network of innovative regions of Netherlands the Technopolicy Network Frank Zwetsloot. He reported that the company is engaged in increasing the level of innovative development in regions, without having its own system for filling in data, the company is oriented towards the national policy. According to him, the evaluation system includes 4 sections: scientific, research and development work, quantity of students (talents), investments, infrastructure for entrepreneurship. «Therefore, the evaluation of 22 regions in 10 countries had been conducted,» Frank Zwetsloot noted.
The Director of Department for Strategic Communications of the Russian Venture Company Evgeniy Kuzhecov spoke of the program for interaction with universities, that plays a huge role in establishing territorial innovative clusters and named 31 foreign educational programs that is suitable for them.
Other programs, specializing in innovations, were presented as well during the Conference. For example, the RANEPA’s Institute of Business Studies (IBS-Moscow) in cooperation with the Grenoble Graduate School of Business developed a new joint French-Russian MBA program.
Besides, within the framework of the Conference, Evgeniya Shamis presented a project on developing professional community under the working name of «Youth and Clusters». Among the project’s goals were named the activation of interactions within the innovative community, creating new personnel and researching new materials that are not produced by clusters.
Sydney incubator wins international award for best Science Based Incubator 2013
During its annual conference in Coimbra, Portugal, the Technopolicy Network has ranked ATP Innovations in Sydney, Australia, as the best science-based incubator in the world. This incubator has performed especially well in the way it has managed to be self-sustainable in generating its income.
The 11th Technopolicy Science Based Incubator Award ranked incubators from more than 20 countries in three categories (self-sustainability, growth, return on public investment). The overall winner achieves the best overall score. The Technopolicy Network is a network of knowledge regions which exchanges best practices in regional innovation policies with a focus on science-based entrepreneurship.
ATP Innovations has a model with which it combines the maintenance of an industrial heritage building with attractive housing facilities for innovative starters. Through this, the costs of the building can be kept low. ATP houses 55 companies in life sciences, software and engineering. ATP offers both housing and research facilities. It raised more than 70 million euro investments in its venture, has launched 77 new products and manages to operate on a break-even basis. ATP Innovations is managed by four universities in New South Wales.
Growth: Venturelab International, Twente
The incubator from Twente (The Netherlands) received the highest ranking in the category “growth”. In the past three years, the incubator managed the “Venture Lab Twente Program” (2009-2012) which generated 200 new companies and almost 2,000 jobs. Its goal is to generate 7,000 jobs by 2020. One of the reasons for its high growth is that the incubator delivers “flexible working space” and an intensive business development programme, which attracts many entrepreneurs. Venture Lab International stimulates their tenants to faster internationalize their businesses. Since 2009 VentureLab has earned the NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator designation. They expanded nationally to Groningen and have managed to set up partnerships in Brazil, Greece, Russia and China.
Return on Public Investment: Wroclaw Technology Park, Wroclaw
Lower Silesian Academic Incubator from Wroclaw is owned by Wroclaw Technology Park and three Wroclaw universities . This incubator offers Laboratories and houses 28 companies in Chemistry, IT and Biotech. Its funding is mainly derived from the European Union. The incubator functions as an essential tool for the transformation of university knowledge into new products and companies. There are 92 highly specialized companies incubated till now, selling innovative products in the European and global markets. It has achieved a high return on public investment by keeping down operating costs and performing well in terms of outputs.
The research for the Best Science-Based Incubator Award is carried out with the UK consultancy firm Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services LLP (CSES). For more information you can contact CSES or the Technopolicy Network.
Chairman of the Conference, Peter Harman, and CEO of the Technopolicy Network, Frank Zwetsloot, present the trophy
The Technopolicy Network signs MoU with Association of Innovative Regions of Russia!
The Technopolicy Network is proud to announce that it has signed its second Memorandum of Understanding! After signing the first MoU with the Technology Innovation Agency South Africa in 2012, The Technopolicy Network has now signed a second MoU with the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR). Read more...