On Academic Startups & Incubators
Academic incubators have become an integral part of innovation ecosystems. Specially set-up incubators provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, researchers, and students who are looking to turn their research and ideas into successful businesses. They
typically provide a range of services, including mentoring, office space, networking opportunities, and sometimes early funding. They often have a specific focus, such as technology transfer or sustainability, and are often affiliated with a university or research institution. The avowed aim is to commercialize research and promote innovation, while also providing learning opportunities for faculty and researchers.
Some notable examples include:
A well-known example of an incubator is affiliated with the Technical University of Munich, which supports researchers, students, and alumni in turning their ideas into successful businesses - through funding, office space, and mentoring to startups in a variety of fields including biotechnology, IT, and renewable energy.
Another example, is Imperial College Innovation, an incubator affiliated with Imperial College London. It provides support to startups in a wide range of fields, with a particular focus on technology and engineering. It offers office space, funding, and mentoring to help startups grow and commercialize their research.