A program to accelerate Business Incubators & Accelerators

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IncStart is a cohort-based, accelerator program designed to help university-linked incubation programs in their early-stages to jump-start their organizations with the goal of providing greater economic, educational, and social impact for their clients, and ultimately for their communities.

Focused around a series of face-to-face workshops and using a supportive mentorship model, the IncStart Accelerator 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 IncStart Accelerator program aims to help answer the following questions that many incubation programs face in the early stage:

  • What should a university as a partner in an incubator ecosystem be working on during each phase of growth to support that ecosystem to become a regional, national and/or international leading force?
  • What metrics should an incubation program prioritize as KPIs?
  • What support systems do an incubation program need


Pilot Program Winter 2018


Apply to join the first cohort!

IncStart provides strategic and operational know-how on how to start, run, or grow your incubation program for faculty, staff, and administrators.

Our pilot program is currently open for applications and invites 20 individuals representing incubators and accelerators from a variety of global regions interested to grow their organization and explore the essential ingredients for incubation growth and success.

Individuals accepted into our first cohort will also be invited to join the invitation only World Incubation Summit (WIS) and connected with individuals from some of the top University based incubators in the world.

If you are asking the questions listed above and meet the criteria below IncStart is the perfect program for you.

  • You are linked to a higher education institution
  • You are in your early stages: 0 – 2 years old
  • You are already working with startup clients
  • You want to grow your reach and success rate


Please complete the following to help us assess if this program is the right fit for your incubator. All applicants will be receive a response in 3 business days if their application has been accepted or declined. All successful applicants will be sent additional information on the program, how to prepare, and how to complete payment of the $750 fee.