Technology business incubation mechanisms and sustainable regional development

  • Wadid Lamine
  • Sarfraz Mian
  • Alain Fayolle
  • Mike Wright
  • Magnus Klofsten
  • Henry Etzkowitz


This article introduces various aspects of technology business incubators (TBIs), emphasizing their increasing role in the spatial context where they are used as platforms and drivers of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. It outlines the key themes of the emerging role of TBIs in sustainable regional development: TBI biodiversity of ecosystems; accelerating startups in the entrepreneurial university; TBI mechanisms challenged by green technology to sustain regional development; and TBIs’ connecting role between entrepreneurship education, experiential knowledge, and regional development. It proposes an agenda for future research on the role of TBIs as bridging mechanisms and drivers of entrepreneurship and regional development.


Technology business incubators/incubation (TBIs/TBI) Biodiversity of ecosystems Sustainable regional development Academic entrepreneurship 



The guest editors are thankful for the time and hard work of many colleagues who volunteered to review the manuscripts and offered valuable advice to the authors (confidentiality rules do not permit us to list their names). We are especially grateful to the Toulouse Business School, for providing travel grants and necessary funding to hold the conference that led to this special issue project. Our thanks are also due to Dr. Albert Link and Dr. Donald Siegel, Editors of the Journal of Technology Transfer, for providing encouragement and support in putting this special issue together.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wadid Lamine
    • 1
  • Sarfraz Mian
    • 2
  • Alain Fayolle
    • 3
  • Mike Wright
    • 4
    • 5
  • Magnus Klofsten
    • 6
  • Henry Etzkowitz
    • 7
  1. 1.Toulouse Business SchoolToulouse UniversityToulouseFrance
  2. 2.School of BusinessState University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.EM Lyon Business SchoolLyonFrance
  4. 4.Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.University of GhentGhentBelgium
  6. 6.Linköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  7. 7.International Triple Helix Institute and CIMRUniversity of London, BirkbeckStanfordUSA

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