The Future of Academic Incubators

How can planning and design help today’s academic incubators promote innovation and collaboration between academia and industry? How can lessons learned from school maker spaces, start-up villages, hybrid K-12/higher education facilities, and similar environments inform planning and design for tomorrow’s incubators?

This workshop, presented at the 2016 A4LE LearningScapes Conference in Philadelphia, provides an overview of existing and emerging models for incubators, relates these models to learning theory, and considers pros and cons of existing strategies.

Through interactive exercises, participants explored emerging models, brainstormed solutions for specific start-up ventures, considered how to integrate these spaces in existing academic and commercial environments, and discussed the possibilities and potential for the evolution of future academic incubators.

This workshop was facilitated by an Accredited Learning Environment Planner with specialization in education programming and design, an interior architect with experience in innovative commercial and co-work environments, an interior designer with expertise in organizational learning and human behavior, and directors of two Philadelphia-based academic incubators.

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Article published in Educational Facility Planner

The Future of Academic Incubators: New Models for Academic-Industry Collaboration