The Rise of Academic Incubators
Connecting university students to innovation and investment
Today’s competitive, high-risk/high-reward marketplace entices young entrepreneurs to develop (and cash in on) daring ideas virtually overnight. To remain relevant and enable emerging thinkers to pursue surer pathways to success, universities are introducing campus spaces where students can connect to fellow entrepreneurs and interested financiers. These new places – academic incubators – have helped universities rethink their place in preparing the next generation, creating entrepreneurial environments that facilitate connections and speed innovative ideas from concept to reality.
In the coming months, Gensler’s global education design practice will share academic incubator stories from projects it’s designed in cities including London, New York, Chicago, Houston, Cambridge, Baltimore, São Paulo and Suzhou. We’ll explain the myriad benefits incubators offer students, universities, industry and cities alike, as we articulate why good design can differentiate successful incubators from those that fall short.