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

Steve Blank

government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. They launched an incubator for the top scientists and engineers in the U.S. government agency that supports research in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. “We’ve

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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3 Small Business Government Resources You’ve Probably Overlooked

YFS Magazine

Whether it’s funding opportunities or valuable business training, governments across the globe provide hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of free value to entrepreneurs willing to access them. Uncategorized business accelerator business counseling business incubators government contracts mentorship small business workshops

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

Steve Blank

This insight has begun to change how we teach entrepreneurship, incubate startups and fund them. When I read policy papers by government organizations trying to replicate the lessons from the valley, I’m struck how they seem to miss some basic lessons.

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?

Endeavor Miami Takes on Scaleup Challenge

The Startup Magazine

Across the world, work spaces, maker spaces, incubators, and accelerators are opening, expanding, and making an impact on their communities, and beyond. Bootcamps and workshops bring together high-level corporate, government, and university leaders for inspiration, advice, and training.

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Seek Support Organizations Based On Startup Stage

Startup Professionals Musings

The most common support organization at this level is called a startup incubator or accelerator , and these exist in most countries, usually sponsored by a university, local government organization, or even local individuals.

Support Startups for Net Neutrality

Feld Thoughts

Engine Advocacy , Y Combinator , and Techstars are organizing a letter opposing these actions, signed by startups, investors, accelerators, incubators, and entrepreneurs. Government fcc net neutrality

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Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

It’s one huge incubator for innovation and it’s a beautiful thing. You might say that the new start-up kings and queens will still happen in Silicon Valley because of the lovely supporting structures like Stanford University and the various incubators and venture funds.

Latvian-Norwegian Green incubator launched and taking in new startups


This July Green Innovation Incubation Centre (GIIC) was launched in Riga. The latter brings 90% of the money to the table while 10% is co-financed by Latvian government. The programme structure consists of two phases - pre-incubation and incubation.

Savvy Entrepreneurs Look for More Than Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

The most common support organization at this level is called a startup incubator or accelerator , and these exist in most countries, usually sponsored by a university, local government organization, or even local individuals.

White Tigers in the Chains of Fear

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I just finished reading a wonderful novel, The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga. It’s a brisk story told in first person by a young Indian entrepreneur. I won’t say much more about the story, but it’s a good one, and deserving of the accolades and prizes its received. Perfect airplane reading, and, it has me [.].

Ecosystem for success: the key ingredients to attract an early-stage investor

The Startup Magazine

Innovation in the country is supported by the government initiative “La French Tech” and seed funding through BPI. Finally, the Paris startup space is now receiving private sector support through more than 60 incubators. Only one in ten startups succeed.

Small Business and Startups: Where to Learn

crowdSPRING Blog

Anyone with an idea for a business can find a place to turn, an article to read, a war story to listen to, an online discussion, or a local entrepreneurship program or incubator to provide guidance. The institutes, the incubators, the accelerators. The government.

Houston, We Have Acceleration

Startup Houston

There was collective heartbreak in Houston when the Federal Government announced the end of NASA as we know it. I lamented my friend’s woes to a colleague who told me that Houston Technology Center [HTC] was launching a new incubator project at JSC. Events Incubators

Can Will and Kate Innovate?

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Creativity and Self-Expression Entrepreneurial Innovation Politics & Government brand management british class system Creativity entrepreneurship incubators Kate Middleton Prince Charles Prince William Princess Diana royals as a brand royalty The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge The Independent the royal wedding Tracey Emin UK Will and Kate

China’s Torch Program – the glow that can light the world (Part 2 of 5)

Steve Blank

This post is about the how the Chinese government engineered technology clusters. Of all the Chinese government programs, the Torch Program is the one program that kick-started Chinese high-tech innovation and startups. Technology Business Incubators (TBIs).

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How Silicon Valley Influences The UK’s University Spin-out Company Culture


For some examples of its influence, programming schools are springing up faster than ever in Vietnam with help from the government. Minneapolis created an incubation centre that drew investment from Google’s Eric Schmidt. Silicon Valley is undoubtedly the world’s technology epicentre.

Use Government to Grow Your Business

Inc Startups

With all you give to the government, wouldn''t it be nice to get something back? columnists share how government can help you grow. But many in business don''t know how to engage with government in meaningful ways and take advantage of all that government can do to help business.


Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

Feeders include the government, universities, investors, mentors, service providers and large companies. He points out that some of these, government, universities and investors think of themselves as the leaders and Feld’s thesis is that we’ve gotten it wrong for decades.

Thoughts on Spanish Startups from La Red Innova 2011

VC Cafe

1) There’s a growing buzz around entrepreneurship - several people mentioned that in the past, students that graduated from college hurried to find a job in big company and in the case of Brazil also the government. Funding comes largely from angel investors and government grants.

Innovate Fund Raising for Start-ups Now!

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

But currently, the technique is hamstrung by government regulations. Receive services like standard docs from incubators and online platforms. It’s time to innovate how start-ups raise capital.

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

We tend to associate the government with words like bureaucracy rather than lean innovation. But smart people within government agencies are working to change the culture and embrace new ways of doing things. government’s open innovation and crowdsourcing competition.

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Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean

Steve Blank

The process recognizes that Innovation isn’t a single activity (an incubator, a class, etc.). Solution exploration and hypotheses testing : The ideas that pass through the prioritization filter enter an incubation process like Hacking for Defense /I-Corps, the system adopted by all U.S.

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How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right

Steve Blank

An existing company or government organization is primarily organized for day-to-day execution of its current business processes or mission. In reality for innovation to contribute to a company or government agency, it needs to be designed a process from start to deployment. Incubation.

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

I presented to 1,000’s of entrepreneurs, talked to 17 startups, gave 12 lectures, had 9 interviews, chatted with 8 VC’s, sat on 4 panels, talked policy with 2 government ministers, 2 members of parliament, 1 head of a public pension fund and was in 1 TV-documentary.

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

Pete Newell and I have spent a lot of time bringing continuous innovation to government organizations. Here are our thoughts about how to confront the Red Queen trap and adapt a government agency to infuse continuous innovation in its culture and practices. These Horizons also apply to government agencies and other large organizations. The process recognizes that Innovation isn’t a single activity (an incubator, a class, etc.)

Startup at Sea | A Start-Up Incubator That Floats |

Campus Entrepreneurship

That’s the idea behind Blueseed, which aims to create a visa-free, floating incubator for international entrepreneurs off the California coast near Silicon Valley. Its interesting to note that two of the founders worked at the Seasteading Institute — they are a Friedman family ‘project’ that views government as inhibiting progress. The most successful can then inspire change in governments around the world.”

Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is

Steve Blank

They enabled companies to comply with local government laws – for example to allow foreign subsidiaries to transfer manufacturing technology from the U.S. Respond means, Invent, Invest, Incubate, Acquire or Partner.

Incubators - hot or not?


WSJ India Chief Mentor has an interesting article on incubators being an important engine of growth of entrepreneurship. Incubators have been known before to have an adverse selection problem. Simply stated, if an entrepreneur has an option to either get cash investment or incubator support, what are they likely to choose. Incubator “money&# is likely to be at a far higher cost than investment, and hence unlikely to attract the best ideas/teams.

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

We tend to associate the government with words like bureaucracy rather than lean innovation. But smart people within government agencies are working to change the culture and embrace new ways of doing things. government’s open innovation and crowdsourcing competition.

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What the Government Can Do. And What It Can't.

Inc Startups

On the Republican side are the usual calls for the government to get out of the picture entirely, the arguments that innovation hubs like Silicon Valley can flourish only in the hothouse of a free market. Why both parties could use a dose of myth-busting.

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

The Big Idea – Incubators – Accelerators – and Something New. In the last decade startup incubators have become increasingly popular. They may be privately run but often are non-profit, attached to a university or in some locations a local government.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

Government. How Accelerators Are Different Than Incubators. Why Incubators Don’t Work. Reliance on Government. Entrepreneurs vs. Government. 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.

[Event] [Singapore] Techventure 2011: A Sign of Increasing Asian Technology Innovation


Plans for more Singapore-based technology incubators. The NRF just announced that it will be opening up the application process for its Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS) to allow more investors to set up technology incubators under the scheme.

How Important Are Industry Clusters To Startups?

Austin Startup

Cleantech Digital Enterprise Government austin Austin Technology Incubator economic+development innovation Michael Porter startups usiness+clusterIf I suggested a way for your clean energy startup to set-up shop near a bunch of companies involved in things like renewable technology and the smartgrid, what would you say?

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

By 1991, 70% of the Torch funded startups were getting bank financing for expansion and later stages of the new ventures, with local governments acting as guarantors. Inside the zones were Torch Technology Business Incubators with startups licensed by the local governments.

Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

Department of State manages America’s relationships with 180 foreign governments, international organizations, and the people of other countries with 270 embassies, consulates, and other posts. diplomats, government officials, and all other personnel at home and abroad.

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Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

Steve Blank

military and are now helping government agencies operate with the speed and urgency of Silicon Valley. Takashi Tsutsumi has been a venture capitalist 15 years incubating and investing in startups in Japan.

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Meet Cash Flow Peaks

Startup Professionals Musings

This source is a major focus these days, due to government initiatives to incent research and development on alternative energy and other technologies. Join a startup incubator.