About
Swedish Incubators & Science Parks

WHAT IS A BUSINESS INCUBATOR?

Incubators assist entrepreneurs with active and appropriate management, technical, commercial and financial network as well as a creative growth environment. The process of incubators aims to provide knowledge companies with innovative approaches to economic development that in turn accelerate business growth. An incubator provides effective tools for new companies in tomorrow’s industry.


SISPs member incubators:

  • evaluate approximately 4,000 business ideas on a yearly basis
  • has nearly 800 companies (of which about 200 projects) in their environments 
  • employs 3,500 people in the incubator companies (of which about 1000 in incubators)
  • include nearly 150 companies that annually attracts venture capital 

Incubators differ from science parks (research and technology parks) in their dedication to startup and early-stage companies. Science parks, on the other hand, tend to be large-scale projects that house everything from corporate, government or university labs to very small companies. Most research and technology parks do not offer business assistance services, which are the hallmark of a business incubation program. However, many research and technology parks house incubation programs.

WHAT IS A SCIENCE PARK?

A science park is a stimulating meeting place for academia, research, the public sector and the industry. A science park manages and stimulates the flow of technology and knowledge amongst universities and research, development institutions, and companies on the market.

Most of the companies in or around a science park are SMEs but the trend is that more and more large corporations connect to the open innovation arenas that the science park provides.

SISPs member science parks are:

  • Housing more than 4000 companies connected to the parks 
  • Platforms for entrepreneurship and business development
  • Nodes of innovation systems, clusters, test beds, etc.
  • Increased focus on stimulating and supporting development projects / Open Innovation

 

Swedish Incubators & Science Parks (SISP) is Sweden´s national association for business incubators and science parks. SISP is a non-profit association with national coverage, its 65 members (organizing 43 business incubators and 33 science parks) having 5000 companies with more than 70 000 employees. Focus is to stimulate growth in knowledge-based companies.

SISP‘s members operate more than 70 creative environments, offer business development, work with clusters, industrial project development arenas, seed capital funds, accelerators and more - effective collaboration with industry, public sector, universities and institutes.

SISP support and facilitate cooperation and development among its members, partly through national development projects. With SISPs national perspective of the innovation system it also keeps a development dialouge with policy makers and working for the best possible conditions for the industry and foremost for innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs and companies – in order to foster innovation and growth. Our story

 

Membership

Information and application

A membership in the association can be granted by incubators and science parks, both established and those under development. Membership applications will be sent to the board with mandate to approve or reject the application. When necessary, the board owns the right to revise a membership, with no regards to time frames or forms of membership.

To become a member

To apply for a potential membership, contact SISP’s CEO Magnus Lundin at . Please include the following in your application:

  • Business
  • Purpose and Objectives
  • Organization and Ownership/Management structure
  • Finance
  • Connection to University if any


This information serves as a foundation for the board to approve or reject an application, with reference to related bylaws.


Various forms of membership

Full member
A full membership can be granted to organizations meeting a certain set of criteria, which accord with IASP’s definition of science and technology parks (STP’s) and/or NBIA’s definition of business incubators.

Associated member
An associated membership can be granted to organizations working within the same field as the other members, however with a structure that do not follow the complete set of criteria. An associated member must instead be considered to bring new value into the function of a technology and science park or a business incubator, as well as cooperating with one or more geographically close members of the association.

Associated members own the right to attend and express their opinion during meetings with the association. However, they do not own the right to participate in the association’s decision making.

New technology and science parks as well as business incubators which do not yet fulfill the complete set of criteria can be offered an associated membership until they do.

Members of Swedish Incubators & Science Parks will:

- Be a part of transforming the industry through communal efforts and through exchanging experiences with the other members. Organized in gatherings, an annual assembly as well as an annual industry conference, continuous educational offerings and thematically held meetups, the association develop processes and projects that serves to support the members’ organizations, value creation efforts, and environments.

- Contribute to a strengthened and continuously growing industry, from a local as well as a global perspective. This is achieved by Your representation and active participation in key events and processes, as well as Your continuous dialogue with key stakeholders and decision makers.

- Access and contribute to national data that strengthens your organization and measures the value created through incubators and science parks.

Swedish Incubators & Science Parks serves to communalize the efforts of the members while simultaneously allowing key actors to access the results.

Members admission

A direct membership will include 1 vote per assembly and come with an admission of 20 000 SEK, i.e. 20 000 SEK for the company and an additional 20 000 SEK per legal entity.

A membership in Swedish Incubators & Science Parks costs 20 000 SEK per year. 500 SEK is a member’s fee whereas the remaining 19500 SEK (excluding tax) is a service cost (including value added tax).