The Incubator and Accelerator Network (IAN) connects and represents Britain’s leading business growth programmes. Our members include universities, corporate, commercial and non-profit incubators across the UK.

The network was launched by the Centre for Entrepreneurs in February 2018 following the publication of Putting the uni in unicorn: the role of universities in supporting high-growth graduate startups.

One of the report’s key recommendations – drawn from the Centre’s interviews with 15 incubator managers – was the need for a new representative body to enable collaboration, best practice sharing and standardised impact measurement among incubators.



Membership is on an institutional basis. This means an unlimited number of staff across all incubators and accelerators owned and run by one legal entity can engage with the network.

Institutional membership is £500+VAT per year.

member benefits

  • monthly hour-long video conference calls with virtual tours of incubators, expert briefings and peer-to-peer support sessions;
  • access to the members’ WhatsApp group for announcements, support and discussion;
  • 25% discount on tickets for the network’s annual conference (£450 vs £600);
  • unique insight from the member impact survey;
  • monthly newsletters.

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