Science Based Incubator Awards

The Technopolicy Network and the Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services (CSES) are organizing the 2014 Best Knowledge Based incubator award. This leading incubator award is in its 12th year, with winners from countries all over the world, such as Portugal, USA, China, Belgium, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Last year ATP Innovations from Australia was awarded the Best Science Based Incubator 2013.

This globally leading award is based on a benchmarking study by CSES and an expert jury evaluation. In addition to the Best Knowledge Based Incubator Award several other prizes are awarded, such as Best New Incubator. All knowledge based incubators (business incubators that are structurally related to a knowledge/research institution) are warmly invited to attend the competition.

This years winners will be announced at the 12th Annual Academic Entrepreneurship Conference  ‘Boosting Academic Entrepreneurship’ to be held on 10-12 December 2014 in Enschede, The Netherlands. This year’s host will be University of Twente, where Venturelab International is located. VentureLab International is the 2013 winner in the award category “fastest growth”.



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Please complete and send the questionnaire before Friday 21 November 2014.


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In 2013 the prizes were awarded at the 11th Best Practices in Science Based Incubation conference in Coimbra, Portugal. These were the winners in the different categories:



Best Science Based Incubator 2013
ATP Innovations Sydney, Australia


Best Self-Sustainability 2013
ATP Innovations Sydney, Australia


Best Growth 2013
VentureLab International Twente, The Netherlands


Best Return on Public Investment 2013
Wroclaw Technology Park Wroclaw, Poland



Previous winners of the Best Science Based Incubator Award were:

2011 Incubatore del Polo Tecnologico di Navacchio, Italy

2010  IPN Incubadora, Portugal

2009  @Wales Digital Media Initiative, United Kingdom

2008  Incubatore d' Impresa di Città della Scienza Spa, Italy

2007  Wallonia Space Logistics, Belgium

2006  First Flight Venture Centre, United States

2005  Symbion Science Park, Denmark

2004  13P (Politecnico di Torino), Italy

2003  Oxford BioBusiness Centre, United Kingdom

2002  Tsinghua Science Park, China

Upcoming Events:


Cluster management & International Cooperation

10 - 12 November 2014  

Paris, France


Boosting Academic Entrepreneurship

10-12 December 2014

Enschede, The Netherlands

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