How to join?
EBN membership is organised into two categories:
- Candidate BICs
Associate membership status is granted to organisations which are in
effect BICs ‘in waiting’ and which go on to form a fully fledged BIC and
take on Full Membership, benefiting from the whole range of services
which being a member of the EBN brings. Once they have gone through the
quality process successfully and have demonstrated their suitability to
become a BIC, those associate members switch to the Full Membership
- Business Support Organisations
Any business support organisation which is not an EC-BIC but which
aims to provide high profile and multidisciplinary professional
assistance to small innovative businesses: technology transfer centres,
incubators, innovation and entrepreneurship centres, science &
technology centres and parks, chambers of commerce and industry,
regional/local development agencies, clusters managers, etc.
- EBN partners
Other EBN associate members include blue chip companies, financial institutions,
consultants, international organisations (European Space Agency),
national agencies and similar organisations.
Download application form for membership and send it by email to Vera Egreja Barracho - Network Development Manager : email@example.com.
- The EC-BICs
This status is granted to business and innovation support organisations implementing the EBN quality assurance system involving a quality charter and a self-assessment protocol. Full Membership is awarded to organisations offering outstanding business innovation and incubation support to start-ups,
spin-offs and SMEs.
Their mission is to accelerate the generation of new innovative enterprises, to provide integrated incubation support to start-ups and spin-offs, to stimulate and mentor innovation projects in developing SMEs, and to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalisation at regional and local communities level.
Organisations that provide innovation support services to new
entrepreneurs and existing SMEs can apply to become an EC-BIC, as long
as the EC-BIC Quality Criteria are met.
EBN recommends that organisations wishing to apply for EC-BIC status
become Associate Members first. Associate Membership gives access to all
EBN services and enables ‘Candidate’ BICs to become involved with the
network and to prepare for the evaluation and accreditation process.
This involves a number of steps as follows:
- Organisation applies to EBN for full membership as an EC-BIC.
- Pre-evaluation visit if necessary.
- Completion of self-evaluation questionnaire.
- If ready for evaluation, visit by expert organised by EBN Quality Team.
- Evaluation report prepared by expert and submitted to EBN.
- Evaluation report assessed by BIC Quality Mark Committee.
- If approved, full EC-BIC "licence" issued and organisation becomes EC-BIC.
- Ongoing annual evaluation.
To find out if your organization is ready to become a full EC BIC
with a view to going through the accreditation process for the EC BIC
Quality mark, then we recommend the following preparatory reading
NB: EBN is able to support "candidate" BICs that are not ready for
evaluation and accreditation, through its Technical Assistance service.
If you are convinced that joining our network as an EC-BIC is of real benefit to your organization, to proceed with your application:
Please call Giordano Dichter - Head of Quality and Technical Assistance Dept : +32 2 761 10 83.
- Sector specific sub-networks
EBN integrates sector-specific networks of incubators and innovation centres such as the ESINET Network specialised in the “space & sat sector” and supported by the European Space Agency (ESA).
In July 2002, the European Space Incubators Network (ESINET) was launched as an experimental thematic platform for the transfer of knowledge and technologies in the field of space. At the beginning of 2007, ESA invited EBN to integrate ESINET as a structural thematic component of the EBN network and to further professionalize and deploy its operations.
We will contact you very quickly to answer all your pending questions.