26 November 2015
UIC ranked world’s 10th best business incubator
Uppsala Innovation Centre is the world’s tenth best business incubator according to UBI Global, which benchmarked 330 university affiliated business incubators in 63 countries. UIC scored higher than the global average in terms of impact on economic growth, access to capital, number of new jobs created, as well as business development skills and networks.
In October, UIC was ranked Europe’s fifth best university affiliated business incubator according to UBI Global. This time, UIC was benchmarked against business incubators all over the world and was ranked the world’s tenth best university affiliated business incubator – an improvement on last year when UIC ranked 18th. UIC is the only Swedish business incubator on UBI Global’s top-25 list.
According to UBI Global, UIC reported better than average results in terms of the incubator companies’ revenues, ability to attract venture capital to the companies and the number of jobs created. UIC also offers more business coaches and business coaching hours in its business development program.
“Being ranked the world’s tenth best university affiliated business incubator is truly thrilling. It demonstrates that our model creates added-value and reduces the early stage risks for growth companies, and that our efforts compete well in a global comparison. In addition to UIC, UIC’s partners and those involved in the innovation support system in our regions also all play a key role in the success of these companies,” says Per Bengtsson, CEO at Uppsala Innovation Centre.
UIC is sector-independent and offers business development support, knowledge and resources to innovative projects and growth companies that want to expand and scale-up to reach an international market. Since being launched in 1999, UIC has provided business-development support to more than 700 projects and companies.
From 2004 through 2014, more than USD 246 million has been invested in UIC companies, which demonstrates substantial interest in UIC companies among investors – even in weak economic times.
In 2014, 25 percent of UIC the companies were from the business community, 29 percent were independent innovators and entrepreneurs, 37 percent of the companies originated at universities and 9 percent came from the public sector.
UIC maintains operations in Uppsala County and the municipality of Södertälje south of Stockholm.
Image: Per Bengtsson, CEO at Uppsala Innovation Centre. Photographer: Rikkard Häggbom
For more information
Stina Thor, Marketing and Communications Manager
Uppsala Innovation Centre
Phone: +46 70-214 33 24