NAMII Congratulates YBI for Being Named One of the Top 25 Incubators in the World by the UBI Index
Youngstown, Ohio — August 14, 2013. NAMII, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), is proud to congratulate its partner and member, the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), on its prestigious honor of being named one of the top 25 incubators in the world by UBI Index. YBI was ranked 11th.
The Global Benchmark 2013 report from UBI Index is the world’s first global index to benchmark performance and best practices of University Business Incubators. YBI works closely with NAMII member Youngstown State University (YSU) in its mission to accelerate the formation, cultivation, and success of technology-based business innovators throughout 21 counties in northeast Ohio.
“NAMII’s founding in Youngstown was due in large part to our key collaborators at YBI,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director and NAMII Founding Director. “NAMII speaks to the success of what YBI does: Leverage its entrepreneurial expertise and resource network to meaningfully impact technology-based economic development and community wealth. I am thrilled that YBI was named to the list of the best 25 university affiliated incubators in the world. On behalf of all of us at NCDMM and NAMII, I want to extend my congratulations to Jim, Barb, and the entire staff at YBI for this prestigious and well-deserved honor.”
NCDMM Vice President and NAMII Director Ed Morris, concurs. “There’s no question that YBI played a pivotal role in bringing NAMII to Youngstown,” added Mr. Morris. “Today, YBI remains a valued partner and NAMII member. YBI continues to support NAMII’s mission to promote entrepreneurialism within additive manufacturing and accelerate those technologies to the mainstream manufacturing sector. All of us at NAMII share in YBI’s excitement for this great and impressive citation.”
To see the full listing of the top 25 incubators in the world, visit www.ubiindex.com/services/global-top-list-2013/.
NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. NAMII is the pilot institute for up to 15 National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes and is based in Youngstown, Ohio. NAMII is managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For additional information, visit www.namii.org.
The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at www.ncdmm.org.
The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) is partially funded through the Ohio Department of Development Edison Incubator Program and through the Ohio Third Frontier Program’s Entrepreneurial Signature Program. Through the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network, YBI provides start-up assistance throughout the 21 counties of northeast Ohio. For additional information, visit the YBI at www.ybi.org.
About UBI Index
UBI Index helps start and transform incubators. UBI Index is a European research initiative, having built the first globally University Incubator Benchmark. UBI Index is based in Stockholm, Sweden, with an international research team specialized in benchmarking incubators. UBI Index was founded by Joel Eriksson Enquist as his master thesis at the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship; Dhruv Bhatli, a Paris based researcher and entrepreneur; Lars-Henrik Friis Molin, a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 successful companies to his credit, including Universum group and Job line; and Ali Amin, a dynamic student and entrepreneur. For additional information, visit UBI Index at www.ubiindex.com.