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European Business and Innovation Center Network

The European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN) is the leading, non-profit, pan-European, association of incubator units and business support structures. EBN is a network of over 150 quality certified Business and Innovation Centres (BICs), and has in excess of 100 associate members which support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs. EBN’s members cover over 40 countries in Europe and beyond (Turkey, Canada, USA, Egypt, China, among others). Over the last two decades, EBN has become a reference point in Europe on innovation, spin-off, incubation, entrepreneurship, SMEs, and regional economic development.

As the official representative association for the BICs, EBN's task is to promote inside and outside the European Union the development of BICs. EBN carries out four main activities: institutional representation; the development of new tools and methodologies for members; technical assistance and quality; and information, communication and networking.

EBN was created in 1984 by the European Commission (EC), and European industry leaders, with the aim of stimulating the growth of new enterprises by providing technical support to innovative start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs, and entrepreneurs. EBN encourages an innovative spirit through its unique ‘EBN Quality System’ to award and manage the European Commission-owned label “EC-BIC”, a recognised certification of quality for business support structures. EBN offers members a full range of services including: certification, networking, training, representation, events, and access to projects.

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Aims of the association
The European Business & Innovation Centre Network was set up in 1984 as a joint initiative of the European Commission, European industry leaders and the first pioneering Business and Innovation Centres. EBN is now the leading non-governmental pan-European network bringing together 200+ Business & Innovation Centres (BICs), and similar organisations such as incubators, innovation and entrepreneurship centres across the enlarged Europe.
Mailing address The association is member / partner of
Address: Avenue de Tervueren, 168. Box 25

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City: Brussels
Post code: 1150
Country: Belgium
Telephone: +32-2-7728900 Send mail:
Telefax: +32-2-7729574 Web site:
  Mr. Javier Echarri

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  Mr. Robert Sanders
Head of International Projects

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  Ms. Nathalie Marchand
EU|BIC - membership Development

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  Ms. Marta Gómez Andrés
Communications & Events Manager

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Registration and Classification
Registration date:1983 Geographical coverage:global
Registration place:Brussels Type of the association:formal
Beginning of operation:1984 The association puts emphasis on:innovation
Ordinary members: Associate, affiliate, supporting members:
business incubators
technology / innovation centers
business & innovation centers
business support centers
science / technology parks
business incubators
technology / innovation centers
business / industry parks
business & innovation centers
business support centers
economic development agencies
universities, higher education institutions
research institutes
technology transfer agencies
consulting firms
Number of members Possible types of membership
Full (regular) members: 153
Associate members: 75
Membership criteria
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The list below shows the names of member organizations with complete profiles in SPICA Directory.
1 Czech Republic Pilsen Business and Innovation Center BIC Pilsen
2 Czech Republic Prague Inovacentrum ČVUT
3 Finland Lahti Lahti Science & Business Park
4 Finland Tampere Hermia Business Development Ltd
5 France Laval Laval Mayenne Technopole
6 France Nantes France Technopole Enterprises Innovation
7 Germany Stenn BIC-Zwickau in Stenn
8 Germany Zwickau EC BIC-Zwickau
9 Ireland Cork CorkBIC
10 Italy Bracciano BIC Lazio - Incubator Bracciano

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