ECQA Certified Incubation Manager
Description of Profession
What is an Incubation Manager?
“Incubation Manager” as a new European job profile with a Skills Set, modular learning materials with blended learning (face to face courses and/or web-based EU-wide learning material).
Main aim of this course is to learn and use tools for enterprise/startup-analysis, for strategy and for the innovation process (IMT Innovation Management Tools).
The “Incubation Manager” Course is based on EQF – European Qualification Framework and certified by ECQA – European Certification and Qualification Association.
- Innovation Managers and TechnologyTransfer Managers
- Managers of Business Incubators and Project Managers
- Students and Incubees
The 7 training modules (skill units) and their educational objectives:
Module 1: Introduction and overview
To sensitise the participants to innovation / specially innovation for SME / incubees
Module 2: Strategy in general
To know and learn how to use the strategic tools and the connections between them; advantages and disadvantages (occasional pitfalls) of the tools; basic and necessary content of a business plan; to show the influence and importance of strategy in combination with the company culture especially for innovative incubees; to check, if the company/incubee is able to fulfil the requirements of the planned innovation; present chances and risks of the ideas and in future.
Module 3: Innovation in general
Module 4: Searching and finding innovations
To learn and train the usual used tools to find ideas; how to create an invention-team; prerequisites of the management to be inventive; what target-group has the invention / innovation in the market and how to present the benefit in the right (psychological) way; the main contents of a product; does the company/incubee fit to the innovation and vice versa?
Module 5: Evaluation and selecting innovations
To learn to handle different tools to evaluate an invention / innovation and the connection between the time to market (TTM) and amortisation of an innovation/ invention; how to prioritise ideas; Innovation-SWOT; risk-management for innovations; different tools, each for a specific view on the ideas to increase the probability of success for the company / incubee
Module 6a: Implementation
To learn how to find the target-groups, to launch the products in the market in the optimal, right way; considering the competition; the technology-positioning; bionic rules and especially the customer benefits of the target groups – in combination with project-management (simple solution) and project- and strategy-controlling
Module 6b: Controlling
To accompany incubees during the hard (commercial) time from the invention to an innovation; to secure the market-entrance and show them how much financial liquidity they need to survive; based on the technology-orientated education of incubees there is a great lack in business-know-how
Module 7: How to use the software-tools
Repetition of the content of all chapters in combination with the tools the handed over to the participants , the “over all check” – to interpret the key-points; the sense, necessity and background of co-operations; scenario-techniques; SWOT; combination of product/market – portfolio; market/technology-portfolio
Duration of a face-to-face Course: 3 x 3 days.
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Job Role Committee Members
Association of Austrian Technology Centres, Austria, Wolfgang Rupp
ContactWolfgang Rupp, office(at)rupp-pdp.com
The development of the skill card and training materials was funded with support of the European Commission:
Project Name: Incuba-train
Project Number: LDV-TOI-2008-AT-0002
This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.