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University Startups and Spin-Offs : Guide for Entrepreneurs in Academia by Manuel Stagars

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CHAPTER  13

Incubators and Accelerators

Both incubators and accelerators provide startup aid in the form of advice and services. In comparison to venture capital firms, which focus on investment capital, incubators and accelerators house startups at their offices and are in daily contact with them about challenges at hand.

Both may have what they call an intake, which marks the term of a new batch of startups admitted to enter a program. These programs begin at certain times during the year, similar to university semesters. When a program has run its course, the startups are often shopped to first-round investors on a demo day.

Most people use the terms incubator and accelerator interchangeably, but there are some small distinctions between ...

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