101st SPICE Group meeting at the **APEC Forum** in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand
12 – 14 Mar 2004

Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2004 hosted a conference of the APEC Science Ministers and combined this with several innovation related events: The 6th Summit of New Zealand Business Incubators focused on "Capital for Growth Companies", the "Innovation Showcase" offering innovative products and services in an exhibition, and a number of other workshops and seminars - too many to list them all. Whoever responsible for the weather after some weeks of rain, offered sunshine for the conference days and thereby contributed to the wellbeing of conference participants. The quite young, but very ambitious and dynamic business incubator scene of New Zealand impressed all participants. Another exceptional component of business incubation in this country seems to be a very active, inten-sive and competent involvement of government representatives. Financial support from the public sector to develop business incubators is available - and organized with entrepreneurial spirit. The invited international experts from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, and United Kingdom. contributed to this lively discussion about future perspec-tives for business incubation development - and learned from the experiences made "down under".