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

Since 2019, we have run monthly, one-hour, lunchtime video conference calls using Zoom.  These feature member discussions, expert briefings, policy updates, and peer-to-peer support between members.


dates for 2021

The 3rd Incubator and Accelerator Network annual conference runs 15-16th September 2021. Register and learn more here →


previous activities

member call featuring UCL to discuss monitoring and evaluation of incubation programmes

member call to introduce new community manager, launch member resources collection, and discuss 2021 plans

member call to discuss the latest impact of Covid restrictions

member call to discuss changes in design and delivery of business support as a result of Covid

8th July 2020: member call to discuss reopening spaces post-lockdown

9th June 2020: member call featuring Oxford Innovation and Imperial College London discussing maker spaces

21st April 2020: member call featuring London Business School and the University of Hertfordshire discussing alumni engagement

2nd April 2020: member call to discuss responses to the Covid crisis

20th March 2020: member call to discuss responses to the Covid crisis

11-12th March 2020: 3rd annual conference

6th February 2020: member call discussing entrepreneurs’ mental wellbeing, and how to engage institutional senior management

10-11 March 2020: 3rd annual conference

6th November 2019: virtual tour of the University of Oxford’s Oxford Foundry and interview with its exec director Ana Bakshi, plus a research scoping discussion with Fumi Kitagawa of the University of Edinburgh Business School

23rd October 2019: joint event with Enterprise Educators UK at the University of Salford (University incubators: building a sustainable model)

4th-6th September 2019: IAN delegation to IEEC

3rd July 2019: 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

5th June 2019: virtual tour of Farm491 (Royal Agricultural University) and research briefing from Jonathan Bone (Nesta)

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

3rd April 2019: virtual tour of Alacrity Foundation and discussion with Jenny Tooth (UK Business Angels Association)

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 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 workshop at Innospace (Manchester Metropolitan University)

6-7 February 2018: Inaugural annual conference


annual conference

The annual conference for the Incubator and Accelerator Network brings together incubator managers from across the country.

For two days, attendees have the unique opportunity to network, discuss and exchange knowledge with other incubator and accelerator managers, as well as business leaders and policy-makers.

Previous conference speakers, panellists and workshop hosts included Brent Hoberman (Founders Factory), Liz Truss MP (Chief Secretary to the Treasury), Alisha Slye (Blackstone LaunchPad), Ella Goldner (Zinc VC), Henry Whorwhood (Beauhurst), Daniel Harrison (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Matthias Pastor (The Family) and others.

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