All You Need to Know About Business Incubators

8. THE BUSINESS INCUBATOR BREAKDOWN

Definition: An organization designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services that could include physical space, capital, coaching, common services, and networking connections .

Business incubation programs are often sponsored by private companies or municipal entities and public institutions, such as colleges and universities. Their goal is to help create and grow young businesses by providing them with necessary support and financial and technical services.

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What Corporate Incubators and Accelerators Mean for Your Business

7. HOW IMPORTANT ARE CORPORATE INCUBATOR AND ACCELERATORS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

With a host of companies under his belt, serial entrepreneur Rich Schmelzer launched his latest company, Boulder, Colo.-based GeoPalz, pretty much the only way he knew how. He bootstrapped.

But then a funny thing happened: Schmelzer met the Swoosh.

Yes, that Swoosh–Nike. Schmelzer’s company makes the iBitz, a personal activity monitor for kids. And late last year, when Nike announced it was launching a special accelerator for startups developing high-tech solutions that could leverage the Nike+ platform, it was serendipity.

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MBA or Accelerator: What’s Right for an Aspiring Entrepreneur?

5. MBA VS ACCELERATOR 2

The benefits of an MBA program:

1. An MBA will provide you with the knowledge you need to get your business started and help prevent some silly mistakes that other beginning entrepreneurs make.

2. When pursuing an MBA you are provided access to the university’s resources, programs, talent pool and alumni networks.

3. The total experience will help you establish a baseline of business credibility with potential customers, partners and investors.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask for an Accelerator Startup

4. 10 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN APPLYING TO DO A STARTUP ACCELERATOR

Dying to be the next Dropbox or Airbnb to emerge from a rock star startup accelerator? Get in line. The market for early stage funding for hot startup brainchildren is bursting at the seams.

If you hook up with the right accelerator, you could tap into a wealth of vital resources to get your business idea off the ground, including the capital to take your idea from concept to product to launch.

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

3. DUE TO DILIGENCE ON ACCELERATORS

An accelerator, the latest buzzword used at economic-development agencies and universities, is a short-term, high-intensity program led by mentors. It may provide seed capital for participating enterpreneurs to test a business model.

On the surface the growth in accelerator programs may seem to benefit entrepreneurs — and in many cases it does. But this also means entrepreneurs need to be more selective and diligent than ever.

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Got a Business Idea? Here’s How to See If It’s Sustainable


SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
Chances are, you’ve come up with a business idea at some point in your life, whether you realize it or not. Some people come up with a possible idea for a solution to a common problem and dismiss it, never to address the subject seriously again. Others generate an idea for a business and fixate on it, trying to take action but never getting off the ground.

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Considering VC for Your Business? Here’s What You Need to Know

Venture Capital In case you hadn’t noticed, funding by venture capital firms has declined significantly in the last few years. But investments by big companies such as Google, GE, Intel, SAP and IBM have picked up the slack. In fact, the National Venture Capital Association reports that 2013 was a banner year for corporate venture capital, with companies participating in nearly 20 percent of the deals and 10 percent of the dollars invested.

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