Mason Enterprise Center Honored as Top Global University Business Incubator

Posted: October 4, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: October 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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The Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University was recently named as one of the Top 10 U.S. and Top 20 Global University Business Incubators by the UBI Index.

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, the UBI Index is a European research initiative with an international research team specializing in incubation and entrepreneurship indexes. This was UBI’s first global benchmark study of university business incubators.

The UBI Index Global Benchmark 2013 considers university business incubators based on three categories:

  • value for the ecosystem (job creation, economy enhancement, and talent retention)
  • value for the client (competence development, access to funds, network enhancement,    hardware and services, and post-incubation relationship)
  • attractiveness (incubator offer, internal environment, and post-incubation performance)
Mason Enterprise Center

Mason Enterprise Center. Photo by Evan Cantwell

The Mason Enterprise Center (MEC) is an integrated network of programs and professional resources providing direct support for university- and corporate-based entrepreneurship, technology transfer and innovation, as well as support for private-sector clients engaged in business start-up and expansion.

Through the university-based expertise and proven marketplace experience, the MEC helps thousands of businesses achieve their goals while positively impacting local economies. The MEC also offers assistance with strategic planning, training, and government contracting, as well as access to technology and office facilities.

“The Mason Enterprise Center is honored to be recognized by and included in the UBI’s study of university business incubators,” says Keith Segerson, executive director of the MEC. “We consistently strive to provide start-ups and mature companies alike with objective perspective and trusted counsel, as well as practical solutions to real business challenges.”

For the study, UBI was inspired to learn and promote best practices of the world’s leading university business incubators, to find out how new companies are getting created by the next generation of entrepreneurs, and to recognize top university business incubators throughout the world.

Write to Colleen Kearney Rich at ckearney@gmu.edu

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