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. We invite expert guests to brief members during these sessions, we provide updates on policy activity, and we facilitate a peer-to-peer support between members.

dates for 2020

6th November
Video conference call featuring a virtual tour of Oxfoundry.

4th December
virtual tour location and speakers tbc.
The 3rd Incubator and Accelerator Network annual conference runs 11th – 12th March 2020. Register and learn more here →


previous activities

6th November: 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: joint event with Enterprise Educators UK at the University of Salford University incubators: building a sustainable model

4th-6th September: 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 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 workshop at Innospace (Manchester Metropolitan University)

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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