University Incubator: Comparative Analysis, Pathways to Impact and Relative Regional Effects

Universities play a unique role in business startup support. They not only finance incubators to support startups and contribute to their survival and growth, but these incubators are also managed by the university alongside spin-outs with other local businesses. 

In addition, university funding seems to be highly significant for some regions (North East of England, Wales and the West Midlands) and some sectors (Agritech, Transport, Space & Satellite). 

This project investigates university incubators and, as part of a wider regional innovation system, how they facilitate economic development and growth by developing comparative indicators to measure impact and gain insights into the pathways of how this is done.  


Research Theme 3

Regional Innovation Ecosystem


International Women's Day: Female Entrepreneurship in the UK
Dr Juliane Schwarz, City-REDI Blog, March 2023

Accelerator Programmes and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr Juliane Schwarz, City-REDI Blog, February 2021

University Incubators as Part of a Wider Regional Innovation System
Dr Juliane Schwarz, City-REDI Blog, February 2021

Why is the West Midlands Attractive to Private R&D Investments but Not Government Funding?
Dr Chloe Billing, City-REDI Blog, June 2020

Enabling Local R&D Systems to Drive Growth
Professor Simon Collinson, City-REDI Blog, December 2020

From Great R&D to Better Outcomes for the UK
Professor Simon Collinson, City-REDI Blog, December 2020

Incubators, Accelerators and Local Economic Development
Dr Max Nathan, City-REDI Blog, October 2018

Get in touch

Project lead contact details: 

Dr Juliane Schwarz

Project Support contact details: 

Matthew Patterson, Administrative Assistant, City-REDI / WMREDI 

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