BOOK - Success and failures factors of incubators and technology parks - a comparative assessment

TEMPUS FoSentHE partners are proud to announce its call for chapters which will build on its aim to foster entrepreneurship and small business growth, research and practice.  We invite researchers, educators, practitioners and those working in business support and policy organizations to join us in exploring the leading perspectives in entrepreneurship and consider how they can be applied in education of business management, enterprise and economic development support, policy and practice.




Edited book on: Success and failures factors of incubators and technology parks -

a comparative assessment

Marina Dabic[1][1] Dafna Kariv2



Technology-based emerging startups are recognized as main driving forces of the regional, national and global economic growth, technological development and social wellbeing; yet, statistics show that one out of ten startups survives and mellows to maturity. One mechanism to protect startups in the setting-up stages and facilitate their penetration to the market is the technological parks, entrepreneurial centers, incubators. These have been established as national-based programs targeted to nurture startups by facilitating their first steps, empowering them and protecting them from the wild competition in the national and global entrepreneurial realm. Up-to-date limited systematic empirical study has been conducted to decipher the role of technological park & incubators and entrepreneurial centers in the success rates of their tenant startups. In the era of globalization and cross-country collaborations, it is a wide-reaching interest to cultivate startups on parks, centers incubators and provide them with the relevant means to succeed and sustain. Success in the business level promises subsequent national and global economic prosperity, enhancement of innovation, development of new collaborations across countries and creation of jobs availability.

Different types of entrepreneurial centers and technological parks and incubators have been flourished all around world; each originates from different sources and produces different key success factors that should be deeply studied, in order to increase research and development, transfer their knowledge and technology.

The main goal of this book is to deepen our knowledge and share experience on the technological park & incubators and entrepreneurial centers and their role in the success of startups in different countries. Specifically, this research aims at deciphering the key success factors of the incubation program in different countries around Europe versus  best practice in the world; the effects of parks, centers and incubators' processes and activities on the pace and magnitude of startups' success; identifying the differences between the types of incubators (e.g., university science park, technology park, entrepreneurial incubator, independent commercial incubator, regional business incubator, company-internal incubator, virtual incubator) and their subsequent effect on startups' sustainability.

Your input is needed! Be part of this exciting new publication!

We invite you to contribute a chapter that includes: (a) a description of the context of the incubation programs in your country; (b) a case study that will demonstrate the dynamic relationships of incubators and their tenant startups in the context of your country's market, (c) the role of technology and science parks and incubators in generating transfer and diffusion of knowledge.

Subject Coverage

This book seeks to publish research that helps delineate the complex, dynamic and innovative nature of technology parks, incubators, science parks and entrepreneurial centers offers case studies, evidence-based recommendations for its salient role in the empowerment. Success and sustainability of technological startups in the regional context.. We are particularly interested in topics which include but are not limited to the following, specified below. Variant and alternative submissions of high-quality chapters in the areas of technology and knowledge transfer for technological startups will be equally considered.


·         Technology parks

·         University incubators

·         Commercial incubators

·         Regional business incubators

·         Company-internal incubators

·         Virtual incubators

·         Science parks

·         Entrepreneurial centres

·         Managing incubators/science parks

·         Technological startups – incubators tenants

·         Incubators and competitiveness

·         Incubators and innovation, invention and originality

·         In-depth case studies and lessons learnt with practical implications for technological incubators

·         Innovation-driven learning in incubators and/or science parks

·         Knowledge creation and knowledge transfer in incubators

·         Spin-offs from public technology sources

·         Patent licensing, intra-firm licensed technology and knowledge transfer

·         Technology transfer in university-industry-government cooperative research

·         Technological cooperation patterns: R&D consortia,

·         Commercial applications of technology transfer and associated risks

  Go Top  Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted chapters should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All papers are refereed through an academic review process.

Authors interested in submitting to this book should send an abstract (maximum 2 double-spaced pages) to the corresponding editor at the address below summarizing the key ideas of their chapter and how it helps advance fundamental knowledge about the incubation programs and knowledge transfer for sharing best practice  for startups in the European surrounding.

  Go Top  Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: May, 15, 2011

Deadline for Abstract Review Notification: May, 30, 2011

Deadline for Full Paper Submission: October, 30, 2011

·         The original typescript should be submitted electronically in A4 size format, with a word count of 5000-7000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or occupy max. of 20 pages (excluding tables, figures and reference list).

·         The text of the chapter should include title, abstract, text, references and notes, tables, figure captions, figures.

·         The names of authors, their biographical notes nor any acknowledgements should be sent in a different file.

·         All papers must be written in American English. If English is not your first language, please ask an English-speaking colleague to proofread your paper.

·         The preferred electronic document format is PDF or MS Word

You may email the copy of your submission to:

Marina Dabic at


Dafna Kariv at: 

[1][1] Faculty of Economics. The University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

2 School of Business Administration. The College of management, Academic Studies, Rishon Lezion. Israel



Ivana Kovač,
May 18, 2011, 4:12 AM