by Dinah Adkins
Recent buzz about seed and venture accelerators has made some business incubator managers leery of potential competition for clients or, perhaps worse, fear that local and national stakeholders might withdraw funding or support in favor of the new accelerator model.
These concerns have certainly been a motivating factor behind incorporating accelerator-like programming into some incubators' services. These accelerator-like components include providing seed investment, "fast test" product validation during 90-day entrepreneur boot camps (high-energy meetings of founders and experienced entrepreneurs), and preparation for entrepreneurs to pitch to follow-on investors.
A review of NBIA members' activities suggests there are some compelling reasons to expand programming and provide more diversified services to larger markets.
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Keywords: business plan – incubator, economic development, for-profit incubators, special focus incubator, technology incubator, venture capital
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