Abstract

The SymCubator[1] will be an open non-profit incubator for Innovation, Collaboration, Education and SolidarityICES – related undertakings, which aim at contributing to the progress of Society and more generally of Humanity, hereafter called symVentures[2]. SymCubator will empower (groups of) intrinsically motivated individuals to incubate such symVentures by providing:

  • a virtual “place” for intrinsically motivated participants, who become members of the SymCubator Community, to meet and exchange with others in view of incubating symVentures, across different organisations and / or different units within larger organisations
  • a community of people sharing fundamental values and the belief that humanity and societies can be progressed through ICES, thus providing the potential of a network of contacts to help or even co-incubate
  • a framework in form of a SymCubator Charter, laying out the purpose of the SymCubator as well as the rules for members and
  • a legal entity able to act as partner of other organisations to progress the objectives of the undertaking, as well as to prepare future (for profit or non-for-profit) start-ups and to provide the “missing link” in practitioner-led research and development innovation centred collaboration projects or networks where a “natural coordinator” is missing (specially to provide the coordination of the “technical partners” and facilitating the collective governance by the involved practitioners)
  • a SymCubator label, which will provide credibility as the SymCubator gains visibility
  • a network of third party organisations, which work with the SymCubator and possibly sponsor it and / or symVentures in incubation.

The SymCubator will provide a range of services which symVentures may need, including

  • electronic support collaboration and exchange between venture participants, but also to interact with third parties, provision of an online collaboration platform with dedicated tools
  • expertise and capabilities to incubate symVentures, e.g. consulting and management services to support the financing through national and EU subsidies, the operations of collaborative undertakings (management, communication and dissemination services), legal advice etc., by sourcing in respective capabilities from the SymCubator’s partners
  • bootstrap support to allow symVentures to get more effectively off the ground, by supporting the temporary employment of staff and in-house consultants needed at some stage symVenture; in case the symVenture later on adopts its own legal identity, these contracts can then be transferred to the new venture
  • help with IPR[3] management, by hosting jointly foreground IPR, owned by the individuals working on the symVenture, and in well-defined cases, the sponsoring organisations
  • a “protected space” in form of a “structure outside the structure”, so that organisations can set up and facilitate “autonomous” in-house collaborative undertakings with volunteers from their ranks

The SymCubator will be set up as the combination of an international association and a network of national associations, which will be able to operate locally, amongst others to employ staff in the country and receive subsidies.

The SymCubator will be set up as the combination of an international association and a network of national associations, which will be able to operate locally, amongst others to employ staff in the country and receive subsidies.

[1]        “Sym-“prefix comes from the Greek “together”. SymCubator is a contraction of “Sym” and “Incubator”.

[2]        By “SymVenture” is understood any undertaking involving and combining some aspects of innovation, collaboration, education and / or solidarity, but not necessarily all of them

[3]        IPR stands for Intellectual Property Rights.