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We appreciate your interest in applying for FT’s Europe’s Leading Start-up Hubs 2024. Through this application, your organisation will be actively considered for this ranking. It will be published in The Financial Times, both on and in the FT newspaper.


To be eligible to participate, your hub must:

  1. Have a physical location in Europe1

  2. Offer at least one incubation or acceleration programme

  3. Have been in operation since at least 2017

  4. Be in contact with most of the alumni that took part in at least one programme between 2017 and 2022 (for stage 2: alumni survey).

1) In fact, your start-up hub must be based in one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.


The following information is needed to complete the survey:

General information about the accelerator or incubator:
1. Location;
2. Founding year;
3. Number of full-time and part-time employees;

Specific information about the accelerator or incubator's programmes:
1. Number of participants and startups per batch allowed for each program;
2. Format of programme(s) (online/in presence/hybrid);
3. Duration of programm(s);
4, Cost or financial support for each programme (free of charge/ cash fee/ equity/ seed money provided);
5. Total amounts of funding provided by your company to participants during 2017-2022;


Here is the timing for research and publication:

Application period: April 06-June 16, 2023

Survey period: April-September 2023

Evaluation period: Autumn 2023

Publication in FT: February 2024


While it remains to be seen until the research is completed whether your organisation will feature in this inaugural ranking, rest assured that the information provided in this application form is appreciated by us in any case. It will help us to better understand what your organisation does and, thus, the role it plays in the ecosystem of supporting entrepreneurial spirt and business building within Europe.