Business incubators represent a widely known and well-developed reality, especially in industrialised countries. They became famous as an effective tool to strengthen the economy and have developed over time giving rise to different organisations, characterised by similar missions but different business models. In this context, the aim of this work is to analyse one of these specifications, which are the university incubators. By means of a deep review of existing literature, which has also allowed to identify and highlight the main areas of research and when and where they have been discussed, we have identified the most popular business models for the university incubators and their key success factors. After a representation of the Italian situation, which provides evidence of the magnitude of the phenomenon in the country and an attempt to perform a statistical analysis, in conclusion we outline some possible opportunities for thought, inspired also by international literature.
Keywords: University Incubators, Technology Transfer, Spin-Off, Network
Jel Code: L27, O3