7 Good Reasons to Attend WIS23

Attending a conference, symposium, or industry event is exciting on a personal and professional level. The networking and experience are invaluable for your incubator or accelerator but in the post-COVID business world, it’s critical to justify your time away from daily responsibilities and the cost of travel. Fortunately, it’s easy to do that with a quality event that will make a huge impact on the performance of your organization like the World Incubation Summit 2023.

What is WIS23?

WIS23 is the World Incubation Summit 2023, organized by UBI Global for incubators and accelerators, corporate innovation seekers, and other stakeholders by invitation only. Hosted by imec and imec.istart in one of the most exciting innovation ecosystems in the world – Ghent, Belgium– WIS23 is the event of the year for the global innovation community. WIS23 will focus on the most important topics for business incubators and accelerators, who attend by invitation only. Building on the success of WIS18 in Toronto, Canada, and WIS19 in Doha, Qatar, WIS23 will provide information and associations that will dramatically improve the organizations in attendance. Here are the most important reasons your business incubator or accelerator should apply for an invitation to attend WIS23 this May 14 - 17!

Partnership Potential

Now is the time to form impactful connections and WIS23 is the place! Gathered by special invitation, incubator and accelerator managers, corporate decision-makers, government officials, and other innovation stakeholders will all gather at WIS23 to discover new ways to make an impact on their local and global innovation ecosystem.


Four interactive days of enrichment activities, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and collaborative interaction make up the WIS23 agenda and focus, with the theme of “Building Bridges Toward Excellence”. Incubator and accelerator managers will learn new ways to transform their organizations and create more success for themselves and their startups while eliminating barriers.

Personal Connections

Having a shared vision and culture of innovation is not possible in isolation, which is why most attendees agree that networking is a powerful reason to attend WIS23. The connections formed during the Summit offer immediate opportunities for knowledge and growth as well as long-term possibilities for future collaboration and even career opportunities.

Location, Location, Location

Ghent is a thriving city with an exciting innovation ecosystem, yet it still maintains charmingly European. You’ll love the modern architecture juxtaposed against historic landmarks as you stroll along the canals in search of the famous frites, beer, waffles, and chocolate that are uniquely Belgian.

Awards and Recognition

The World #1s as the result of the World Benchmark Study 2021 - 2022 will be announced at WIS23. As part of the gala dinner and event, the UBI awards are a great way for the community to celebrate together as we recognize excellence.

Professional and Personal Inspiration

Meeting other business incubator and accelerator professionals who work in a similar fashion provides inspiration beyond the four walls of your office. WIS23 is by invitation only, which means all attendees are carefully selected by the UBI Global team to make sure everyone receives value by coming to the Summit.

Long-Term ROI

Attending WIS23 gives organizations exposure to the wider world of innovation through potential corporate partnerships and governmental initiatives. Long after the conference has closed and the last #1 award is presented, collaborative relationships forged over the four action-packed days of WIS23 will endure over time.  

Apply to receive an invitation to WIS23 here!

Attending WIS23 is another step on the pathway of building bridges toward excellence for your organization, so do not let anything stand in your way. It is time to learn the most valuable information your incubator or accelerator could possibly have, overcome challenges, and drive improvement. You will not find this experience anywhere else but WIS23 – discover more on the official WIS23 website. Openings are available to sponsor agenda items or to be a speaker or contributor, so get in touch with us here to join the most interactive innovation event of the year!



Top Ranked Award

Livestream Part 1
World Rankings
24 January 2023

Anyone is welcome to register to attend Part 1, a livestream event announcing the UBI Global World Rankings of Business Incubators & Accelerators 2021-2022. Streaming live with imec and imec.istart
from Ghent, Belgium



In-person Part 2
Networking & Gala
14-17 May 2023

Part 2 is an invitation only, in-person, 4-day event focused on networking, interactive learning, and featuring a gala evening, inspiring speakers, and much more! Hosted by imec and imec.istart in Ghent, Belgium



Two great events
creating impactful collaborations

WIS Part 1 is free online and open to anyone interested in the global innovation ecosystem! WIS Part 2 is a physical event focused on business incubators and accelerators making outstanding contributions to the global innovation ecosystem


imec and imec.istart partner with UBI Global and Global Inovation Studios to announce the World Ranking of Business Incubators and Accelerators 2021-2022

“Impact innovation emerges anywhere around the globe. By connecting to other relevant innovation ecosystems, we can keep up with the fast-paced innovation and support our startups and partners in keeping a global perspective. UBI Global is a pivotal player in building bridges to these global innovation ecosystems, and we are proud to bring these ecosystems together in Belgium at WIS23. Welcome to Ghent!”

-Sven De Cleyn
imec.istart Program Director

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