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Uppsala Innovation Centre has been named Europe’s fifth best business incubator by UBI Global Benchmark 2015. UIC was benchmarked against 117 business incubators with some form of university affiliation, among 28 European countries. The metrics analyzed included their influence on economic growth, access to capital, number of new jobs created, business development skills and networks.
Uppsala Innovation Centre’s CEO Per Bengtsson accepts the recognition as Europe’s fifth best business incubator with a university affiliation, as listed by UBI Global Benchmark 2015.
The European rankings were announced on October 17 2015 at an event in Turin, Italy. UIC’s placement as Europe’s fifth best business incubator with some form of university affiliation marks a rise on last year’s ranking, in which UBI Global named UIC Europe’s sixth best business incubator.
According to UBI Global, UIC reported better than average results among Europe’s best business incubators in terms of the incubator companies’ revenues, ability to attract venture capital to the companies, the number of jobs created and the number of companies that were listed or held IPOs. UIC also offers more business coaches and business coaching hours in its business development programs.
“This is thrilling and serves as a wonderful testament to the fact that UIC’s growth companies are generating success. It also demonstrates that UIC’s efforts to strengthen its companies’ business development practices and unlock key networks compete well in a European comparison. UIC is not solely responsible for these successes – UIC’s partners and those involved in the innovation support system in our regions also play an important role,” says Per Bengtsson, CEO at Uppsala Innovation Centre.
UIC is sector-independent and offers business development support, knowledge and tools to innovative projects and growth companies that want to expand and scale-up to reach an international market. The aim is to accelerate time to market and reduce the risks in the early and crucial stages of development. UIC has operations in Uppsala county and Södertälje municipality.
On November 25 2015, UBI Global will present the rankings for the world’s best business incubators. Last year, UIC was ranked the world’s 18th best business incubator with a university affiliation.
See all European incubators ranked 1-10 by UBI Global
For more information, please contact:
Stina Thor, Marketing & Communications Manager
Uppsala Innovation Centre
Tel: +46 (0)70-214 33 24