Published today the first report on incubators and accelerators in Spain



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Social Innovation Monitor (SIM), an international research team based at Politecnico di Torino university, in collaboration with the Spanish Startups As-sociation, has published the first report on the impact of incuba-tors/accelerators in Spain. The research team has leveraged the successful pub-lication of similar reports in Italy for three years and the support of Instilla, Ex-perientia and the Social Innovation Teams (SIT).

The Public Report presents the geographical distribution of incuba-tors/accelerators in Spain, analyses the legal nature and the different types of incubators/accelerators and gives an overview of the services provided and the differences between the different incubation/acceleration programs. Moreover, it highlights characteristics and challenges faced by incubators/accelerators who support entrepreneurial teams and organizations with significant social and/or environmental impact.

According to the research, there are 215 incubators and accelerators in Spain, with an estimated number of employees of 1376. On average these incubators receive 121,1 applications per year and their main source of income is “Rental of business space”.

For Spanish incubators and accelerators, the most important services are mana-gerial support and managerial training, provision of physical spaces and access to finance. The startups with a significant social and environmental impact most supported by Spanish incubators and accelerators are those in the Social Tour-ism and Responsible Consumption.

Spain is not the only country analyzed by the Social Innovation Monitor (SIM) re-search team. In the coming weeks, SIM will publish for the first time, a Report aggregating data on incubators/accelerators in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

As underlined by Professor Paolo Landoni of the Politecnico di Torino, Scientific Director of the Research, “We are pleased to have managed to carry out this re-search in five European countries in such a difficult period. We are grateful to the incubators and accelerators who participated and to our international part-ners. We are convinced that incubators and accelerators play a fundamental role in the European entrepreneurial ecosystem and it is important to create and compare their activities in Europe. “

Carlos Mateo, President of Spanish Startups Association remarks that “It’s very important for the Association to know the current state of the different accel-eration and incubation models and to have a first complete picture of this reali-ty in Spain. From the Association we believe that we need to improve infor-mation and knowledge about the ecosystem in order to improve it among all agents. We are also very satisfied to have partnered with a prestigious and spe-cialized team such as the Group of Research of the Politecnico di Torino”.


The Report on European incubators/accelerators and the Full Reports of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK will be available soon. All Reports will be available in English. A webinar to present the European data will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Report is available at this link:

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