UBI Global has recognized the Georgian College Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC) as a top business accelerator. The honour comes as part of the UBI Global recognition awards, held recently at the World Incubation Summit in Toronto.

UBI Global is a Stockholm-based research and advisory firm known for its regional and global studies that map and evaluate the world of business incubation. The awards recognize programs that have made exceptional contributions to the progress of regional, national or global innovation ecosystems. Celebrating and supporting entrepreneurship across the world, five Ontario incubators/accelerators earned six honours. Award recipients are based on a global benchmarking survey that identifies business accelerator/incubator performance across post-secondary institutions.

HBEC received awards in two categories: Most Promising – Young Program, recognizing a business incubator or accelerator that stands out from its peers due to its impressive overall achievements relative to its young age or with regard to a particularly relevant socio-economic impact metric and Top Challenger in North America, a university-linked incubation program that stands out from its peers due to its impressive overall impact and performance achievements relative to its respective regional peers.

More than 1,300 institutions from 53 countries applied for ranking in the benchmarking survey and only 259, including HBEC, were certified for inclusion in the survey. Georgian was the only Canadian college recognized with an award.

“This award is a tribute to our donor Henry Bernick, a growing ecosystem of community entrepreneurs, and the amazing talent of HBEC staff and mentors,” said MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO. “Through their work, we are developing students and graduates who will drive more job growth and social innovation.”

Photo: The Georgian College Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre was recognized as a top business accelerator. With the awards are HBEC staff Fran Lahartinger, Chantalle Freeborough, Sara Bentham, John Pickard, Don Bourne and Jenna Green.