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November 11, 2010


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The fact remains that business incubators are what entrepreneurship needs,there will always be failure rates in every venture and people have the rights to say incubated businesses tends to under-perform but that does not mean business incubation is a bad thing.


Since we've just started looking at this I'm not sure what to make of the widely divergent results.

The Syracuse study contains a very detailed methodology section and, not surprisingly, it looks solid.

I know less about the NBIA study.

As I said in the post, we hope to learn more in the coming months.

Geri Stengel

Such a difference in results makes me wonder about methodology and the content of the incubator programs that were measured in each study. Cheap rent does not an incubator make nor does generic business advice. The programs that work incorporate serious, ongoing networking among the entrepreneurs in the incubator, networking that includes brainstorming about challenges being faced by individual members as well as connections to specialists in fields such as marketing.

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