Grants Are Not the End of the Road When Looking to Fund Your Project

Grants Are Not the End of the Road When Looking to Fund Your Project

A Business Incubator is a facility designed to assist businesses to become established and sustainable during their start up phase.

Typically, they do this by providing:

shared premises

business advice

business sets

access to investor, market and international networks


a complete-time, hands-on management team.

The incubation period for an individual business is typically two to three years.

US statistics show that business incubators increase the survival rate of start-ups from 35 percent to 87 percent.

If you are a start-up business with high growth aspirations and export possible wanting to become involved in an incubator;

Incubators: more information

What are business incubators?

The main goal of most business incubation programs is to produce companies that create jobs and wealth in their communities. Business incubators nurture the development of entrepreneurial companies, helping them survive and grow during the start-up period, when they are most unprotected.

Business incubators provide their resident companies with business sustain sets and resources such as guidance, assistance with business planning and help obtaining financing. Incubators usually also offer companies rental space with flexible leases, shared basic office sets and access to equipment all under one roof.

Is business incubation a new industry?

No. The term “business incubator” attained popularity with the recent explosion and later decline of so called internet incubators, but the business incubation form traces its beginnings to the late 1950s in the USA and Europe. Incubation is a much newer concept in New Zealand, with most incubators having been established since 2001.

How many business incubators are there?

There are about 4,000 business incubators worldwide. The incubation form has been alternation to meet a variety of needs, from fostering commercialization of university technologies to increasing employment in economically distressed communities to serving as investment vehicles.

Who sponsors business incubators?

The majority of New Zealand business incubators are sponsored by academic institutions and local economic development organizations. Corporate sponsors are involved with a number of them, while New Zealand Trade and Enterprise also provides meaningful funding sustain.

Incubator sponsors – organizations or individuals who sustain an incubation programs financially – may serve as the incubator’s parent or great number organization or may simply make financial contributions to the incubator.

What makes a business incubator successful?

Incubator developers must first invest time and money in a feasibility study to lay the groundwork for a successful incubation programs. An effective feasibility study will help determine whether the hypothesizedv project has all the factors crucial to an incubator’s success – a substantial market, a sound financial base and strong community sustain.

Once established, form business incubation programs commit to industry best practices such as structuring for financial sustainability, recruiting and appropriately compensating management with company-growing skills, building an effective board of directors, and prioritizing management’s time to place the greatest emphasis on resident assistance.

How do incubators help start-ups get funding?

Incubators help resident companies obtain capital in a number of ways, including:

Connecting companies with angel investors (high-net-worth individual investors).

Working with companies to perfect venture capital presentations and connecting them to venture capitalists.

Assisting companies in applying for loans.

Assisting companies in accessing government agency business assistance grant programs.

How do incubators contribute to local and regional economies?

Incubator graduate companies create jobs, restore neighborhoods and commercialize new technologies, consequently strengthening local, regional and already national economies

NBIA (National Business Incubation Association) estimates that North American incubator resident and graduate companies have produced about half a million jobs since 1980. That is enough jobs to use every person living in Denver.

Every 50 jobs produced by an incubator resident company generate approximately 25 more jobs in the same community.

In 2001 alone, North American incubators assisted more than 35,000 start-up companies that provided complete time employment for nearly 82,000 workers and generated annual earnings of more than $7 billion.

Business incubators reduce the risk of small business failures. Historically, NBIA member incubators have reported that 87% of all firms that have graduated from their incubators are nevertheless in business.

Why are business incubators worthy of government subsidies?

Government subsidies for well managed business incubation programs represent strong investments in local and regional economies. Consider these returns:

Research has shown that for every $1 of estimated public investment provided to the incubator, resident companies and graduate companies of NBIA member incubators generate approximately $30 in local tax revenue alone.

NBIA members have reported that 84% of incubator graduates stay in their communities and continue to provide a return to their investors.

Publicly supported incubators create jobs at a cost of about $1,100 each, while other publicly supported job creation mechanisms commonly cost more than $10,000 per job produced.

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