In addition to our annual conference, the Incubator and Accelerator Network runs member-led events throughout the year which allow members to get inspiration, good practice, and peer-to-peer support from each other.

Aware of our members’ geographical spread and limitations to regularly attend physical events, we run monthly, one-hour, lunch time video conference calls using Zoom.

Each monthly call is hosted from a different UK incubator. The CFE team conducts a video tour of the space, followed by an interview of the incubator manager and an opportunity for call attendees to ask questions and share best-practice with other members of the network.


dates for the year ahead

5th June
video conference call featuring a virtual tour of Farm491, the agri-tech incubator at the Royal Agricultural University. We will also speak to Jonathan Bone, senior researcher at Nesta.

3rd July
video conference call featuring a virtual tour of the University of the West of England’s new enterprise space and interview with Alex Till, chair of the National Enterprise Network and CEO of MENTA, the Suffolk and Norfolk enterprise agency.

4-6th September
IAN delegation to IEEC.

9th October
virtual tour location and speakers tbc.

6th November
video conference call featuring a virtual tour of Oxfoundry. Other speakers tbc.

The 2020 annual conference runs 26-27th February.


previous activities

1st May 2019: virtual tour of Launchpad Teesside (Teesside University)

3rd April 2019: virtual tour of Alacrity Foundation and interview Wil Williams (Alacrity Foundation) and Jenny Tooth (UK Business Angels Association – UKBAA)

6th March 2019: virtual tour of SETsquared Bristol and interview Monika Radclyffe (SETsquared Bristol)

6th-7th February 2019: 2nd annual Incubator and Accelerator Network conference

29th November 2018: best-practice workshop ‘A journey through space: A design tour of Cambridge incubators’ visiting ideaSpace, the Bradfield Centre, the Maxwell Centre and the British Antarctic Survey incubator, Aurora

17th October 2018: best-practice workshop ‘Dominating your niche: the pros and cons of being a sector-specific incubator’ at Farm491, an agri-tech incubator at the Royal Agricultural University

2nd May 2018: best-practice workshop at the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (London College of Fashion)

28 March 2018: best-practice workshopsat Innospace (Manchester Metropolitan University)