An Alternative Model for Startup Incubation

Instigator Blog

In thinking about alternative models for startup acceleration or incubation, I can’t help but ask the question, “What if the incubator owned 80% instead of 20% and the people working on the startup owned 20% instead of 80%? Here’s how this could work: The incubator recruits talented people who may have the potential of becoming founders, but aren’t required to do so. The incubator takes 80% and the employees/entrepreneurs/founders-to-be take 20%.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

They launched an incubator for the top scientists and engineers in the U.S. The Innovation Corps – Using the Lean LaunchPad as an Incubator for Scientists and Engineers. The I-Corps Incubator Program. Unlike other incubators, our Lean LaunchPad Class had a specific curriculum.

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Finding The Right Incubator For Your Business: The Three Most Important Questions To Ask


So you’ve decided to enlist a technology incubator to help your new business get off the ground. You have a great idea and a strong business plan, and an incubator is just the partner you need at this stage. Does the incubator have the right offerings for your business?

The Startup Factories, How Incubators Are Shaping Entrepreneurs [Report]

VC Cafe

Startup incubators have grown in double digits in the last couple of years. Each incubator promises to provide startups with mentorship, support and a smoother ride to funding.

How to Evaluate an Offer from a Startup Incubator

The Startup Lawyer

Great news — your startup just got accepted to an incubator! But before your startup signs up and cashes that $[XX,000] check, your startup’s co-founders should sit down and evaluate the incubator’s offer. The following are some issues to consider and actions to take before accepting an incubator’s offer: (1) Calculate Valuation and Determine Value. Pre-money valuations startups receive from incubators are typically low…really low.

So You Want to Start a Startup Accelerator…

Instigator Blog

Startup Accelerators incubation startup accelerators year one labsEverywhere you turn there’s a new startup accelerator launching. Time will tell if that’s a good thing or not, but as I said in my last post, if you’re not doing it [an accelerator] to make money, you’re doing it wrong.

Thoughts on Spanish Startups from La Red Innova 2011

VC Cafe

Mobile web usage in Spain is high, at 20% of mobile phone users in 2011. billion invested in Q1 of 2011. More and more incubators are popping up, students are participating in business plan competitions, and actively look to get involved with startups.

Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 13 July 2011 Hacking Angel List 7 Tips For Raising Startup Capital AngelList is an amazing thing. link] July 13, 2011 12:49 PM Nivi said. July 13, 2011 12:49 PM Nathan Beckord, CFA said. July 13, 2011 4:46 PM Navalsaid.

Year One Labs Completes its Incubation Phase

Instigator Blog

Today we announced the completion of Year One Labs’s incubation phase. We wanted to see if we could create value at the earliest stages of startup incubation, find a group of entrepreneurs we wanted to work with, and help build great companies. I’ve been working on Year One Labs since April, 2010. For those that don’t know, it’s an early stage accelerator using the Lean Startup methodology.

The $250,000 Funding Trap

Instigator Blog

This is more than typical accelerators/incubators but far less than $250,000, or even $100,000. One thing accelerators and incubators have done successfully is chip away at the early stage $250,000 funding rounds. One advantage of (most) accelerators and incubators is the focus of a demo day that brings a lot of concentrated investor interest at one time. This isn’t meant to be a pro-accelerator/incubator post per se. $250,000 is a lot of money.

2011 Thoughts

Leveraging Ideas

Also, I am really excited to now be formally involved with my good friends at Rocketfuel, where I’ll be serving as an EIR of sorts and helping incubate an as of yet undetermined startup :). Follow on rounds and talent shortages have me a bit worried and I think 2011 will be a challenging year for many for those two reasons. Anyway, here’s to a fantastic 2011 and a resurgence in blogging.

"Smell Like a Man" Agency Partners With Nike, Target & Coke on Tech Incubator


Wieden+Kennedy, the advertising agency that made the absurdly popular Old Spice campaign on TV and the web called "Smell Like a Man" announced today that it is now accepting applications from brand-friendly tech startups for admission to its incubator program, the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE).

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

I suggested that they might want to consider putting themselves out of the public funding business by using public capital to kick-start private venture capital firms, incubators and accelerators.

Australian Incubator StartMate Graduates Its First Class of Startups


StartMate , a new seed fund that has brought the Y Combinator-model of incubator program to Australia, has just graduated its first class of startups.

Why your company should have a single email address

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

At the same time, I personally observed at the startup incubator of Telecom ParisTech the impact of one co-founder leaving his company after 18 months. This guest-post is from Joannes Vermorel, founder of Lokad which produces sales forecasts for off-line companies.

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Democratizing entrepreneurship education: Sramana Mitra’s 1M by 1M program

Grade A Entrepreneurs

Its pragmatic “virtual incubator&# approach : Sramana has spent years talking with entrepreneurs, capturing their stories. As a virtual incubator, 1M by 1M supplements physical incubators and has partnerships with a few of them already, as well as with corporate sponsors.

The Startup Team

Steve Blank

As many teams as most startup incubators.). Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds. SEAL Team saying. Over the last 40 years Technology investors have learned that the success of startups are not just about the technology but “it’s about the team.”. We spent a year screwing it up in our Lean LaunchPad classes until we figured out it was about having the right team. Startup Team Lessons Learned.

Check out the wonderful things my clients shipped in 2011!

Escape From Cubicle Nation

On this last day of 2011, as we prepare for a rocking 2012, I am tremendously proud to celebrate and share the people I have been lucky enough to work with this year. Angelica Perez , of , won the 2011 Top Latin@ 2011 Award, awarded by LATISM (Latinos in Social Media).

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

The Beginning of the Next Wave (2003 – 2011). How Accelerators Are Different Than Incubators. Why Incubators Don’t Work. I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” ” I’m open to different titles – if you’ve got ideas just put them in the comments. Following is the current table of contents.

A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1

Steve Blank

We made clear that this class wasn’t an incubator. For the past three months, we’ve run an experiment in teaching entrepreneurship. In January, we introduced a new graduate course at Stanford called the " target="_blank">Lean LaunchPad.

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Marketing and The Bubble

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Rand Fishkin has a good post in response to my marketing posts over the past two days. In it he makes this assertion: For the first few years that I was in the "web world," 1997-2001, there was a dangerous and obvious bias in startups toward sales and marketing - and branding in particular.

Startup Tools

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Investors And Incubators Need To Look At Pre-Incubation


This week, I've had several meetings with venture funds, incubators, corporate accelerators and other significant players in the startup eco-system. The same applies to Malaysia, where our partner, the MAD Incubator, is in search of 10 good deals to put through the 1M/1M program.

9 Women Can’t Make a Baby in a Month

Both Sides of the Table

It’s interesting to me that two of the most talented tech leaders of our era – Bill Gross & Paul Graham – have both opted for a model of incubation to encourage young tech entrepreneurs to build disruptive businesses. This post originally appeared on TechCrunch.

Venture Geeks Launches New Startup Accelerator Program in Tel Aviv

VC Cafe

GeekMedia, the company behind the Israeli blog NewsGeek (Hebrew) has launched VentureGeeks , a new incubator program in Israel, which will provide seed funding and mentorship to Israeli startups. The Tel-Aviv based incubator is meant to serve as an accelerator program for startups, following the model of US based Y Combinator. Applications to the program are currently open until February 28th, 2011.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Incubators Are Reaching Out To 1M/1M


In the Q&A, Bill Gordon introduced himself as one of the principals of the Stamford Innovation Center, an incubator being formed in Connecticut. This is an interesting trend we're seeing as we connect with incubators around the world.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

Both Sides of the Table

But wait, does that make Launchpad LA an incubator now? There are at least 6 incubators now being set up in LA. Launchpad LA today announces it will accept applications for its third class of Los Angeles-based tech startups.

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

Steve Blank

This insight has begun to change how we teach entrepreneurship, incubate startups and fund them. In addition, the Israeli government originally funded 23 early stage incubators but turned them over to the VC’s to own and manage.

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups


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Someone recently posed the question to me of whether I'd apply to be in an incubator given my experience--likely wouldn't want to hang with 25 year-olds. I've wanted to start an incubator in Lancaster for a long time. But I think it would be pretty cool. I'd get to work on my stuff and have my co-founder funded, plus I'd get to help other startups if they wanted the help. Sounds pretty fulfilling to me.

APPNATION SF 2011 was fun

Sophia Perl of Wisdom

Mobile incubator lab. As of late last week, I didn’t plan on doing anything this week. I saw a posting on the Women 2.0 website asking for women mobile developers to apply to win 1 of 5 free conference passes and a demo pedestal for APPNATION SF.

5 Ways to Vet an Incubator

Inc Startups

Not all incubators are created equal--and with more of them out there, you need to choose where you apply wisely. In Europe, the number of programmes has risen from just one in 2007 to over 10 in 2011. Simply put: there are a ton of incubators and accelerators to which you can apply.

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Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

Don’t think about starting an incubator until you have real operating experience otherwise you don’t really have anything to offer startups. I commented that many young entrepreneurs I talk to these days have a desire to “go plural&# and create an incubator.

Investor Nomenclature and the Venture Spiral

K9 Ventures

Incubators and Accelerators : Incubators and accelerators have to a large extent replaced the funding from friends and family. The incubators and accelerators are investing $15-$50K in a large number of early stage teams (the current YC class has 60+ teams !).

Games of Luck vs Games of Skill and What it Means for the Tech Industry

VC Cafe

Regional incubators and accelerators are also thriving and startups can find at least one in every country these days. There’s been a lot of talk recently about small startups being over funded.

9 Tips for Raising Startup Funds on AngelList

November 1, 2011 by Joshua Baer. Joshua Baer is the co-founder and CEO of Otherinbox , a prolific angel investor and the director of Capital Factory , Austin’s seed-stage incubator. Here are some tips… November 1, 2011 16:54:48. November 1, 2011 19:55:36. November 1, 2011 22:26:46. Top Stories Photo & Video Galleries Top Lists Trending Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video More Topics. People Recommended Mashable Staff More people.

Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors

Taffy Williams

Startup Incubators. Sometimes you can get services for equity in incubators. That said, a few articles list venture firms are: Top Venture Capital Firms of 2011 Based on Deal Activity (Q1 2011) , The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank , Top 14 Venture Capital Firms. It is clear that if you have a new startup, getting investors is essential. Some startups take smaller amounts of cash than others.


Winter is coming

Startup Lessons Learned

I expect that a shocking number of the current crop of incubators, accelerators, and other startup-support programs will suddenly disappear. It doesn't matter if you call it a boom or a bubble. The startup business moves in cycles, and what goes up will eventually come down. We're in summer. One easy way to tell: notice all the startup experts and prophets that have sprung up in the last two years (myself included). Notice how many of them made their money during a previous boom.

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Adopt the New Startup Model: Nail It Then Scale It

Startup Professionals Musings

and leading incubators such as Y Combinator , are already on this one. I see more and more entrepreneurs who seem to have everything going for them – vision, motivation, passion, even a good business plan, product, and money, and yet they can’t close customers.

How To Attract More Customer Referrals Through Strategic Relationships & Networking by Yaro Starak

One weekend I was at the National Speakers Convention in Melbourne, and a very inspiring professional speaker by the name of Kirsty Spraggon explained the incubation concept. Something that really stuck with me was what she calls the Incubation Period. She calls this the incubation period. It is one thing having an awesome product or service, but if nobody knows about it, how do you expect to sell it?