UtrechtInc among international top university business incubators


Dutch business incubators again managed to reach top ranking for best university business incubator in the world, the UBI Global 2017/2018. YES!Delft reached second place and UtrechtInc reached tenth place in the ranking. This was announced in Toronto recently, at the World Incubation Summit. As a result, the two Dutch incubators receive international recognition for their support to start-ups. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is a partner of UtrechtInc.

UBI Global created rankings for four categories this year. YES!Delft and UtrechtInc ended up second and tenth respectively in the category World Top Business Incubator – Affiliated with University. In 2015, YES!Delft was ninth in the global ranking. “This result proves that we really do offer world-class programmes”, says Evert Jaap Lugt, Managing Director of YES!Delft. “Discovery Track, Validation Lab and Accelerator Programmes help start-ups to grow successfully within nine months, from business idea to investor-ready.”


UtrechtInc also holds on to its top position in the international ranking and is happy with the recognition. Managing Director Jorg Kop: “For researchers and graduates of Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, and UMC Utrecht, UtrechtInc offers a support programme and team to introduce research and ideas to the market. This way, we contribute to making knowledge applicable for society.” The incubator has supported 184 start-ups since 2009.


Start-up envoy Prince Constantijn congratulates YES!Delft and UtrechtInc. “Incubators and accelerators can play a crucial role in marketing scientific knowledge and supporting academic start-ups. The universities of Delft and Utrecht can be proud of the success of YES!Delft and UtrechtInc, who make a magnificent contribution to the Dutch start-up and scale-up eco system.”


Every two years, UBI Global, a prominent Swedish research and consultancy agency in the field of business incubation, conducts a study among 500 incubators and accelerators in more than 70 countries. Among other things, it looks at access to capital and the economic impact of incubators. The study shows that in 2016, the 259 participating programmes collectively allowed more than 10,000 start-ups to their programmes. These start-ups had a total of 72,000 employees on the payroll. During the past five years, the companies secured 4.7 billion Euros in funding and they achieved a collective turnover of 3.2 billion Dollars.
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