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Soft Landings Program Details

Incubators that qualify for the Soft Landings International Incubator designation offer special programs and types of assistance that help foreign companies establish in the incubator’s domestic market. These could include translation services, language training, help meeting government regulations, cultural training, immigration and visa assistance and much more. NBIA also offers a Provisional Soft Landings International Incubator designation for programs that are working toward having foreign and nondomestic clients, but haven’t had success serving those segments for at least 18 months. Click here to learn more about that option.

Who is eligible?

NBIA member incubators who meet the qualifications are eligible to apply. Member incubators may be designed exclusively to serve foreign business clients or may serve both domestic clients and foreign clients. Regardless, the incubator must have developed resources and programs specifically designed to meet the needs of foreign companies. Eligible incubators meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an active NBIA membership (at least one individual in each applicant incubator must be an NBIA member)
  • Can demonstrate program success in serving foreign/nondomestic businesses for at least 18 months prior to the Soft Landings application due date (if you do not meet this criterion, click here to learn more about the Provisional Soft Landings International Incubator designation)
  • Have on-site incubator management
  • Provide a full range of business services addressing the needs of foreign firm
  • Have a policy for graduating companies

Why should I nominate my incubator?

NBIA believes that designated Soft Landings International Incubators will attract new clients and differentiate their programs as being specially designed to work with a unique clientele. As NBIA is the world’s largest association of business incubation professionals — with more than 900 member organizations — the designation should help your incubator achieve additional credibility worldwide. You can gain positive exposure from this designation, and show your leadership in working with foreign companies.

What benefits result from earning this designation?

All NBIA Soft Landings International Incubators will receive the following benefits:

  • Listing in an online directory on NBIA’s high-traffic Web site
  • Opportunity to be highlighted in NBIA publications
  • Personalized Soft Landings International Incubator Designee plaque
  • Special NBIA Soft Landings logo electronic file for use on a Web site, stationery, marketing materials, etc.
  • Assistance in creating a news release to send to media contacts and stakeholders

How do I submit an application?

  • Click here to access and complete the online application form. If you manage more than one incubator meeting eligibility requirements, you may submit more than one application (a separate processing fee is required for each application submitted and each incubator must have at least one individual on its staff that is an NBIA member).
  • Upon receipt of the application form, NBIA will send an invoice for the processing fee. The fees are $300 (USD) for an initial application, or $500 (USD) for networks. The invoice will include instructions on how to pay NBIA by credit card, check or bank transfer.

Once payment has been received by NBIA, we will process the application and let you know about our decision. Please allow for 4 to 6 weeks processing time from the date we receive your payment

Contact NBIA

Phone: (740) 593-4331
Fax: (740) 593-1996
PO Box 959
Athens, OH 45701-1565