Accelerate Your Startup With Help From An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. Peer-to-peer networking with other startups and founders in the same stage.

Q&A with Business Incubator Co-founder Joe Maruschak

Up and Running

This is where incubators come in. Incubators were designed to fill the gap between knowledge and connections. Incubators provide that very important sense of community. Incubators versus accelerators: What’s the difference? Our incubator is a place to get ready.

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Some Entrepreneurs Get Big Value From An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. business entrepreneur incubator startup TechStars Y Combinator

An Alternative Model for Startup Incubation

Instigator Blog

But even Year One Labs only takes 20%, and we only invested in 5 companies, and we don’t follow-on, so we get diluted just like founders do as they take on more financing. 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%? And they have the potential to grow into founder roles.

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?

Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

—– In a recent workshop with a large company focused on the Innovation@50x process, I mentioned that founders and intraprenuers operate more like artists than accountants – on day one they see something no one else does. Startup founders operate in chaos and uncertainty.

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.

Incubators vs. Accelerators


As I scanned through the launch coverage I noticed many references to the program being an “incubator&#. There is a big difference between incubators and accelerators both in terms of experience and results (returns). When I first got into tech startups in the late nineties incubators were all the rage. When the bubble burst, incubators were among the 1st casualties and the term “incubator&# quickly became a dirty word.

Capital Factory Partners with Dublin Incubator at SXSW


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Cian O’Cuilleanain, co-founder of Gravity Centres in Dublin, fell in love with SXSW three years ago when he first attended Interactive. I went back home and started pitching Austin all […] The post Capital Factory Partners with Dublin Incubator at SXSW appeared first on SiliconHills.

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. NESTA Report - Founders guide to European accelerator programmes.

What Founders Face On Pitch Day To Qualify For Startmate, Australia’s Premier Startup Incubator Program by Yaro Starak

In episode #9 of Everything Entrepreneurship , Walter talks about his experiences along with his startup partner Brett Geoghegan during a five hour long “pitch day” as a finalist to enter the Startmate incubator program in Sydney. If you are considering applying for a top-tier incubator with your startup company, you have to hear Walter''s story in this podcast. Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes.

From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?


With startup growth up 61% since 2014 and more investment programs emerging, it can be overwhelming for founders to know just where to jump in. How To Fundraise Starting Your Company accelerators angel funding incubators venture capital

Why Everyone's an Incubator Now

Inc Startups

From Microsoft to PayPal, it seems every day another business launches an incubator. These days, it seems, there's an incubator for everything. In fact, the National Association of Business Incubators estimates there are some 1,250 of them operating in the United States.

Investors Love Top Startup Incubator Graduates

Startup Professionals Musings

Business incubators for sharing services were all the rage back in the days of the dot-com bubble (700 for profit, many more non-profit). TechStars has several excellent mentors on staff, led by founder and CEO David Cohen. Startup Accelerators and Incubators.”

Accelerator vs. Incubator: What’s the Difference?

Inc Startups

If you’re interested in getting your start-up into an accelerator or incubator there’s no shortage of options. An incubator, on the other hand, brings in an external management team to manage an idea that was developed internally. Want to get your idea incubated?

Ecosystem + Incubator = Startup "Ecobator" NestGSV


The cheerleading stops, venture funding never materializes and the founders go back to writing code for a living. Ecosystm + Incubator = Ecobator. Kayvan Baroumand, NestGSV’s founder and CEO, sees NestGSV as “the evolution of the startup incubator and the startup accelerator.”.

Episode 8: Charlie’s Bcast Email, Startup Incubators, and 10 Reasons Why Startups Fail | The Bcast

Up and Running

Peter and Jonathan discuss startup incubators, and our guest Caroline talks to us about the “F” word and 10 reasons why startups fail. Startup Incubators – (2:13). Read also: Q&A with Business Incubator Co-founder Joe Maruschak. Peter: Founder-itis.

Shark Tank's Daymond John to Start an Incubator

Inc Startups

the Fubu founder talked about his plans to open a startup incubator to help the next generation of entrepreneurs. Tuesday, John shared his plans to open his own incubator program to help foster entrepreneurship for the next generation of founders. "I

New Incubator Focuses on Female Founders

Inc Startups

Women Helping Women From Left: Deborah Jackson, Kelly Hoey, and Veronika Sonsev'> Three New York City businesswomen are launching their own incubator to focus on start-ups with a female founder and a mobile product or service.

Why Vertical Incubators Are More Interesting to Investors

Hunter Walker

According to AngelList there are 1,530 organizations listed as “ incubators.” Whether you want to call them incubators, accelerators or any other name, the template is pretty similar: fixed amount of time inside the program in exchange for equity (and sometimes a cash investment). I know that many incubators commit to doing more than this – mentors, curricula, coworking space, most also do some sort of demo day to organize fundraising.

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. Now it’s up to the founders to build great companies. I learned an insane amount, just as I had prior to that as the CEO/founder of a startup.

[Seoul] Serviced Office Cum Business Incubator WAHA Offices Opens New Location


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Ecosystem + Incubator = Startup "Ecobator" NestGSV


The cheerleading stops, venture funding never materializes and the founders go back to writing code for a living. Ecosystm + Incubator = Ecobator. Kayvan Baroumand, NestGSV’s founder and CEO, sees NestGSV as “the evolution of the startup incubator and the startup accelerator.”.

Bill Gross IdeaLabs a different kind of incubator

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Bill started IdeaLabs in 1996 , long before the idea of startup incubators was popular. IdeaLab synergy - At any given time there are 10 to 15 companies incubating at IdeaLabs. Like other incubators, they bring in industry experts and successful founders for talks.

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. Simply put: there are a ton of incubators and accelerators to which you can apply.

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Rent the Runway Co-Founder Jenny Fleiss Sees Less Pressure, More Opportunity at Wal-Mart

Inc Startups

The entrepreneur has been tapped to lead part of the retail giant's technology incubator, called Store No. Most Innovative Women


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'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. I've wanted to start an incubator in Lancaster for a long time.

How to Incubate a Company From Start to Finish

Inc Startups

Stuart Ellman, co-founder and managing partner of RRE Ventures, explains what propelled him to work with the founders of Shake, a start-up that prepares legally binding agreements right on your smartphone.

Incubator Focuses on Founders First, Then Companies

Inc Startups

Some incubators and accelerators focus on creating great companies. This one hones its energy on transforming the hobbyist entrepreneur into a strong founder. How does that differ from other accelerator and incubator programs?

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.

Founder Exchange Fund for Incubators?

Leveraging Ideas

Portfolio company founders were given the option to trade a small piece of stock in their personal venture in exchange for a piece of the action of the larger pool of all FRC companies that choose to participate. This is a great way for founders to help hedge personal risk, and it probably encourages more support/camaraderie across the portfolio. I believe this same approach can and should be applied to incubator programs.

Raising funding as a first-time founder

One interesting topic which came up on a couple of different occasions was timing of raising funding as a first time founder. Unfortunately for us first time founders, we don’t have the track record which we very much need in order to close funding without traction.

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.

The Most Difficult Question I Ask Founders

Hunter Walker

One of the things I like least about seed stage venture is the compressed amount of time to get to know a new founder during fundraising. “Solutions” include pre-emptive activities such as building long-term relationships with future founders or mentoring at incubators to meet teams pre-seed, plus getting really good at reference diligence, but we still rely upon accelerating the “would we work well together” discussion during fast-moving investments.

What makes a good incubator? UBI Ranks the world's university-associated programs


What makes a good incubator? A the top list of University-associated incubators can be found in the infographic at the end of the article. The first factor is what kind of economic impact the incubator has on the local ecosystem. Have you been through an incubator?

Detroit's Green Garage: Not Your Average Start-Up Incubator

Inc Startups

This incubator aims to cultivate start-ups' business ideas carefully. Amid Detroit's dilapidated warehouses--reminders of an automobile industry that once thrived--a new seed has been planted: start-up incubator the Green Garage.

Seed is the new Series A, but who’s supporting founders pre-launch?

The Equity Kicker

B Round: The funding necessary to get founder liquidity, build groovy headquarters, and make competitors give up (or not start in the first place). In his post Jason goes on to give advice to founders and angel investors and talk about his incubator The Launch Incubator and the consistent theme is that there is no support for pre-launch companies anymore. I think this leaves a massive opportunity to support founders who are pre-launch.

Startup Accelerators are Entrepreneur Boot Camps


Business incubators for sharing services were all the rage back in the days of the dot-com bubble (700 for profit, many more non-profit). TechStars has several excellent mentors on staff, led by founder and CEO David Cohen. Invested Interests accelerators incubators startups

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Ron Conway , of SV Angels, and Reid Hoffman , LinkedIn's founder, are names often mentioned in this category. Startup incubator seed funding. early stage entrepreneur founder funding investor seed stage startup

How Entrepreneurs Can Capitalize On Their Alma Mater

Startup Professionals Musings

Get help with grant funding and incubator resources. Attract a co-founder and key team members. Both provide incubator services and space for early startups, have patent portfolios for licensing, and many other resources. alma mater business entrepreneur incubator resources