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SPICE Group - Science Park and Innovation Center Experts - is a global network of experienced professionals in innovation and entrepreneurship support. The SPICE Group has been active since 1991 and today its members represent 25 associations in more than 40 countries from all continents. The SPICE Group works in an open, creative atmosphere to increase knowledge about entrepreneurship support, business incubation, international business cooperation, economic policies, and technology transfer. SPICE Group runs the SPICA Directory Online – the global directory of business incubators, science parks, and their associations as well as advice, support and finance organizations for business start-up and growth and produces a regular news update about the industry. Email for more details or contact The Business Incubator magazine has partnered with the Spice Group to bring you the following news.


Shutting Shop Berlin was the first German city to open a business incubator, and now has the distinction of being the first to shut down a successful one. The building that houses the Big Berlin has been sold to private investors who are keen to use the space in a more profitable manner. Although successfully managed by the IZBM GmbH, that also runs three more technology incubators in Berlin, the BIG is now scheduled for closure at the end of 2012.


Meeting up The Creative Industries Summer Sessions (CRINSS) took place mid-July 2012 at Novi Sad, Serbia and saw an attendance of almost 100 participants from 12 countries. CRINSS offered a high visibility platform for decision makers and leaders in innovative, creative and cultural sectors to their industry. It also offered an extraordinary opportunity to network, participate, learn and connect to local and international leading partners, creative directors and policy makers. Presentations and panels offered opportunities to learn and network with ample time and space devoted to B2B meetings. CRINSS evolved from the development strategy of Creative Industries Cluster of Vojvodina and close cooperation between its members and key stakeholders.


Creative events Basecamp3, the creative incubator in Liverpool, UK, hosted an event for Digital and Creative industries freelance designers and games developers. The event was to provide an opportunity for them to meet and network with other designers and to stay abreast of the legal aspects of operating as a sole trader. Francis McEntagart, a commercial lawyer who specializes in the creative industries, gave a presentation on copyright, intellectual property, contracts and non-disclosure agreements. Over 40 designers attended and were able to discuss working collaborations with the companies in the incubator. The event was sponsored by Baltic Creative, the development organization for the creative quarter in Liverpool, and organized by Pacificstream and Open Labs, part of John Moores University, which supports local creative technology firms in developing new products and services that capitalize on global opportunities.


Summer School The Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Center, BIGD, Bulgaria was the co-organizer of a cross-border Summer school on Entrepreneurship held in July 2012 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, in partnership with American University in Bulgaria, Technological Education Institution Serres, Democritus University, Komothini and the Serres Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greece. The summer school was an interactive training and networking of 37 Bulgarian and Greek businessoriented students and young entrepreneurs and 15 trainers and experts from research/academia and business organizations. The BI-GD led workshops on self-assessment - entrepreneurial potential, business idea assessment and business idea development, and shared experiences in these areas. Participants will be able to implement the new knowledge and skills entrepreneurship and will have the opportunity to participate in followup e-trainings and receive mentoring services for further development of their ideas.


Middle-eastern mission PICTI, the Palestine Information & Communications Technology Incubator became a member of EBN, the European Business and Innovation Centre Network located in Brussels. This achievement was celebrated with a conference held at the end of June 2012, in Luxemburg, sponsored by the European Investment Bank (EIB). The event also celebrated the years of robust growth in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Palestine and the contribution of the incubator. Mr. Hasan Omar, PICTI CEO and member of SPICE Group, presented the new vision and mission of PICTI, the new business model of the incubator (which is now also an accelerator), and the relationship with the Palestinian Universities. The conference also included a graduation ceremony for participants of a series of training programs organized and delivered by PICTI and EBN.


A robust gathering In July 2012 CTIC, the Dakar ITC In- cubator held the first West African Startup Bootcamp in Dakar, Senegal, with support from GIST (US Department of State). This international two-day event brought together investors and mentors for a conference and a pitching competition. More than 130 tech entrepreneurs from all over West Africa attended. The boot camp focused on startup funding and was organized to train and mentor tech entrepreneurs at all stages. The programme included sessions where American investors shared their expertise to the public alongside local entrepreneurs. In addition to cash awards totaling USD 5,000, the entrepreneur with the highest score will travel to the US in October 2012 for additional training and networking with potential investors.


An enterprising week Organized by Young Revolution, the first edition of the Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week (TNEW) 2012 took place at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria from August 27-31, 2012. The conference gathered 1250 entrepreneurs, managers business owners, decision-makers and business professionals for discussions on the concept and development of entrepreneurship and innovation in South Africa. The week long programme saw presentations from entrepreneurs sharing their experiences and lessons with the audience. Organizations supporting start-up entrepreneurs also contributed their expertise to the discussions.


The annual event The 23rd Global Summit of Business Incubation Associations was held May 6, 2012 at the 26th Annual International NBIA conference in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 580 business incubation practitioners and economic development professionals gathered to meet with incubation professionals from around the globe for the multi-tier programme that offered more than 60 educational sessions over three days. Additionally two-dozen exhibitors offered goods and services tailored to the needs of business incubation. Several new features at this year’s conference made a mark. They included an online tool that enabled conferencegoers to efficiently sort out the sessions they wanted to attend. Representatives from Canada, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, the European Association, EBN, and the SPICE Group met to discuss developments, joint activities and initiatives. Tracy Kitts, acting CEO of NBIA, chaired the Summit and announced the results from the recent “State of the Industry” survey of his organisation. It was revealed that two new business incubators opened every week in the USA - testament to the dynamic nature of the American incubation industry.


Tech park kick-off Armenia marked the commencement of construction works of Gyumri Technopark in Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia. Implemented by Enterprise Incubator Foundation of Armenia (EIF), the Technopark is part of the Gyumri Economic Development Project aimed at creating an innovation-driven business environment to foster start-up creation and incubation for economic advance of Gyumri, a city largely devastated by the earthquake of 1988 that still offers a high technological and economic potential for development. The project is also an attempt of the Armenian Government towards economic decentralization and regional development. Gyumri Technopark will house business and SME upgrading facilities and laboratories to be used for creating and supporting knowledge-based firms and enhancing formation of a highly qualified workforce in the region. The Gyumri Technopark commencement ceremony was honoured by governmental delegation headed by the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan. Parallel with the ceremony, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Government of Armenia and D-Link International on the establishment of the D-Link Regional R&D Center in Gyumri - another important step towards technological and economic advancement in the region.


Building ties A project sponsored by the German Development Aid Organization, GIZ, is geared to develop a concept for a Technology Transfer Center. This project is related to drafting recommendations for an Innovation Policy for the country. Bringing results from research into practical use in SMEs to start new innovative enterprises is one of the key instruments for developing a future-oriented economy. Part of the project is also an initiative to establish closer working contacts between Georgian innovation professionals and their European counterparts.


The SPICA Directory has introduced a “quality standard” for being listed on the SPICA World Map”. This standard does not evaluate the quality of an incubator / technopark operations, but the quality of information provided. Organizations that have provided actual data within the last two years are shown on the SPICA World Map. Profiles inserted or updated more than 24 months ago are deemed inaccessible for users. If your organization is not yet in the SPICA Directory, select “Insert new Profile” in the main menu of the SPICA homepage - www.spica-directory. net - and follow the instructions. However, before doing this you need to register for the use of the SPICA Directory. Please use the tab “register” on the SPICA homepage. If your organization is listed and you have not received a user name and password for accessing the information system, please contact the SPICA Directory Team at update@ To see all institutions that recently have been added or updated please visit www.spica-directory. net/recent.php. Please send your feedback on the SPICA Directory Online at users@
Published on 14-10-2012 10:36 by David Tee. 355 page views

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