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What are your thoughts on incubators?

Answered by: Manish Patel | Partner | Highland Capital Partners

Incubators are a great extension of the entrepreneurial community, but I caution founders to seriously evaluate whether a particular incubator is a good match before joining. Look hard at the data around what participants get out of the program and what types of companies come out of it.

Incubators can strongly influence the direction and evolution of a young company – in some ways for the better and in some for the worse. Remember that most of the world’s most amazing companies were not built through an incubator, and just because you’re in one it doesn’t guarantee success – just like funding.