A Comparative Study of Business Incubators


  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•12•06    12:30 - 13:30

    Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar: “A Comparative Study of Incubators: Best Practices in Developed and Developing Countries”

    Business incubators are viewed by many countries’ governments as dynamic tools for fostering new ventures regarding economic development and job creation, and as vital components of entrepreneurial infrastructure.

    For over fifty years, business incubation has been implemented in the United States. Currently, there are approx. 1,400 business incubators in North America and  900 in Europe, but only about 21 in the Middle East. Business incubators must be adapted by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to support diverse economies, the commercialization of new technologies, job creation and wealth building.

    This seminar will review research to describe and compare key indicators of incubation best practices worldwide, and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of business incubator models around the world. The nature of this research is a mixed qualitative and quantitative approach, using successful international case studies based on models in developed and developing countries. The results will provide incubators with a roadmap for the development of new economies based on technology, as well as adding value through technology transfer, innovation development and an entrepreneurial climate.

    About the speaker

    Dr. Hanadi Mubarak Al-Mubaraki is an Assistant Professor in Kuwait University. She teaches project management in civil engineering as well as management courses, and is the recipient of  several international awards and medals for contributions to international scientific research.

    Dr. Al-Mubaraki has substantial experience in research innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries, economic development, green economy and application of business incubators worldwide.

    For more information please see the calendar of upcoming events page on the UNU-MERIT website.