Technology Incubators – Back in Vogue

Nice overview by Time Magazine on the current high-tech incubator scene in the U.S. The piece also includes a brief look back to 1999…

On the top floor of an ugly office building in Mountain View, Calif., a dozen entrepreneurial dreams are taking flight. Raissa Nebie, a 31-year-old former investment banker from Ivory Coast, is putting the finishing touches on Spoondate, her top-secret dating site for food lovers. Andrew Maguire, a recent Columbia University grad (who talks really fast), is racking up listings for InternMatch, a Web service that pairs college students with paid internships. The airy space, with few walls, a panoramic view of Silicon Valley and a gaggle of first-time CEOs like Maguire and Nebie, is home to 500 Startups Accelerator, the latest high-tech incubator. [FULL ARTICLE; Time]

And, over at The Boston Globe, several incubator hubs located in Massachusetts are profiled in, “A New Growth Indusrty: Technology Incubators.”

Entrepreneurs who have outgrown their garage and want to transform their passion into a product have several options for growing their business in the region. The area is home to a handful of nonprofit incubators that cater to a wide range of emerging businesses, from architects of sustainable products to inventors of medical devices.

Each of the incubators offers customized training programs and access to consultants as well as assistance with operating and marketing plans, grant applications, and legal issues. Companies that wish to set up shop in these incubators must go through an application process; not every candidate makes the cut. [FULL ARTICLE; The Boston Globe]

500 Startups Accelerator [web]
TechStars [web]
Idealab (founded 1996) [web]
YouWeb Incubator [web]
Y Combinator [web]

Cleantech InnoVenture Center [web]
BioTech InnoVenture Center [web]
Newburyport CleanTech Center [web]
Enterprise Center at Salem State University [web]
Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center [web]

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