As part of its mission, VINNOVA recognised the need for a national infrastructure of incubators and initiated a pilot programme in 2002 and the Swedish Incubator Programme (NIP) in 2003. When Innovationsbron AB was established 2005, the management of NIP was transferred to Innovationsbron and VINNOVA committed a 10 year funding of the programme. In the agreement between VINNOVA and Innovationsbron regarding the NIP, it is stated that VINNOVA is responsible for the evaluation of the NIP. The evaluation strategy is to conduct a mid-term evaluation every three year as part of the design of the next 3-year phase of the NIP. This report constitutes such a mid-term evaluation of phase two of the NIP, running between 2005 and 2007.
The evaluation has been done by an expert panel supported by a secretariat provided by inno Germany AG.