Western Research Parks Ranked in Top 25 University Business Incubators in the World

Western Universitys Research Parks have been ranked 22nd in the world by Swedish research company UBI Index in its Global Top 25 University Business Incubators 2014.

Western Research Parks performed exceptionally well compared to UBIs global benchmark on post-incubation performance indicators. This signifies that clients of Western Research Parks generate positive economic impact for the region. Furthermore Western Research Parks clients have higher survival and growth rate than the global average.

"We are thrilled to share this remarkable accomplishment with the Western Research Parks in London," says Katherine Albion, Director of the Bowman Centre at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. "The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is dedicated to developing new programs and attracting new clients to our research, commercialization and business facilities to continue to evolve our world-class technology and business incubation centre."

UBI assessed 800 business incubators, accepted 400 into the program and finally benchmarked more than 300 university-affiliated business incubators in 67 countries, ultimately placing Western in the top 25.

Incubators were compared in three performance categories:

  • Value to the ecosystem, which includes economy enhancement and talent retention;
  • Value to the client, including access to funds, competence development, and access to a network; and
  • Attractiveness of the incubation program, including the incubators offer to stakeholders and post-incubation performance. In total, more than 60 key performance indexes have been used to compare the incubation programs worldwide.

For nearly three decades, Western Research Parks have served as a strong link between academics and commerce, and a key contributor to the movement of an idea or a discovery from concept to the marketplace. The Parks are currently housed on three sites.

The Western-Sarnia-Lambton Research Park was established in 2003 as a joint initiative of the County of Lambton, the City of Sarnia, and Western University. Located adjacent to Lambton College, the Park is home to the Bowman Centre, Canadas largest clean-tech incubator, focused on large scale industrial biotechnology. Conference facilities at the Park play host to a number of local, regional, and national events each year. Tenants range from large multi-national companies, to non-profit organizations, to small start-up companies and commercialization projects. The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park serves as a catalyst for a new generation of high-growth companies and is the base for the area's knowledge economy.

Westerns Advanced Manufacturing Park is home to the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research, the WindEEE Research Institute and The Collider, a facility opened earlier this week that is designed to bring together researchers and industry under one roof to collaborate, innovate and bring new technologies to world markets.

The original Park, now called Western Discovery Park, is home to over 200,000 square feet of office space, lab space and industrial grade space, including the Stiller Centre for Technology Commercialization, one of Canadas most successful biotechnology incubators.

The United States had the most incubators on UBIs Top 25 with four. Canada and China tied for second, each with three incubators on the list. Joining Western in the ranking from Canada are Ryerson Universitys DMZ and University of Albertas TEC Edmonton.

More information on this years rankings is available at http://ubiindex.com/rankings/

About Western
Western delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.

For more information, contact:

Katherine Albion
Director, The Bowman Centre
Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
519-383-8303
kalbion@sarnialambtonresearchpark.ca