In the world of upper-level education, there is a new trend on the horizon. This new trend is something called an academic incubator. An academic incubator is defined by Gensler as “a new kind of place designed to spark strategic partnerships between academia and industry; a place to test and grow ideas. They connect students to start-ups, investors, and institutions they might not otherwise encounter.”
These spaces are designed in a very specific way that enables them to function for their intended purpose. The purpose of this space is to be mobile and free flowing; enabling everyone to set the space up at they see fit to accomplish a wide range of tasks. This is accomplished through modular office furniture like National Office Furniture’s Maneuver Collaborative Collection and office partitions that can be mobile or made of glass providing the feeling of an open space. DIRTT is fantastic modular wall system that offers many different options that would be perfect for the academic incubator space.
This trend is rapidly increasing in popularity as 60% of millennials say they are interested in entrepreneurship according to the US Chamber of Commerce. With this increasing demand in entrepreneurship, a space needed to be created to allow millennials to network and figure out exactly what they want to do and make the connections they need in order to succeed. This is why a free flowing incubator that allows people from all different backgrounds to meet and collaborate in a “safe space” is so incredibly important for upper-level institutions.