Step One
Learn About The Program

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What Is Expected of You

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Step Two
Apply For The Program

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Step Three
Submit Your Materials

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What is Expected of You

Your Time Commitment
The entire process could take approximately 1.5 to 2 days of your time:

  • Submitting data and information in advance to help the team understand your incubator’s operations and circumstances and setting up interviews for the site visit. Total time requirement: 4 - 5 hours.
  • Meeting with the team, perhaps at dinner on the night of their arrival, and then off and on during the following day while they conduct interviews. Total time requirement: a full day, plus dinner, if possible.
  • Reviewing your customized report, which would provide suggestions based on accepted NBIA best practices, the team’s own experience and examples gleaned from other high-performing incubation programs. (The team would send a draft to review for accuracy and to obtain your feedback.) Total time requirement: 1 hour.

Length of Process
The entire process, from the time you apply to receipt of your final report, will take up to three months. Click here for a sample schedule.

The total cost is $2,000, of which you will be expected to pay only $1,000. A comparable review by a private consultant would cost up to $25,000! ARC or TVA will match your $1,000 to ensure funds for travel expenses and honoraria for a review team.

Questions? Contact

Phil McMullan
Program Manager, Business Incubation, TVA

David Hughes
Incubation Program Manager, ARC

Dinah Adkins
President Emerita, NBIA