The following is the second in our series focusing on providing information on the various types of office space available, from business parks to hot desking, conventional office accommodation to shared coworking options.
What is a startup?
Before discussing the qualities of a startup space or incubator, it is worth determining exactly what a startup is.
Theoretically, any new business whose market is not defined by location could be considered a startup. (For example, a newly opened restaurant is indeed a small business, but, because the market is location based, it is not a startup.)
In the non business world, an incubator is a warm safe place for a baby or a baby chick to get a nice healthy start to life. In the business world, an incubator is much the same. Incubators provide services that help startups get through those trials faced by new businesses.
Some of the services provided by incubators are:
- Legal: things like proprietary guidelines, creating bylaws or business plans, and navigating the regulations of your industry.
- Business management: basic accounting services, business organization tips, company setup, and help with building and framing the identity of your startup.
- Marketing: market research and networking.
- Funding: access to angel investors or venture capitalists and help in locating other sources of funding for your startup.
- Networking: introduction to others in your industry, networking with mentors, investors, and industry specialists.
- Site services: an office or team workspace, access to high-speed internet, copying and faxing, and other clerical or administrative services. Read the rest of this entry »