The pros & cons of startup incubators

MT EXPERT: If you're after networking and advice an accelerator can be invaluable, but do you really want to give up equity?

by Rich Preece

There are plenty of clichés to describe how it feels to run a startup - ‘backs against the wall’, ‘keeping your head above water’, ‘a rollercoaster ride’. And for many, they ring pretty true – no matter how optimistic the entrepreneur, starting a business requires blood, sweat and tears.

There isn’t really any way around that, but the numerous incubators, accelerators and ‘Tech Cities’ popping up across the country have been touted as a somewhat easier route to success for startups than doing it all on your own. There’s Seedcamp, based at Google Campus in London. Ignite100 has a big presence in the north of England. And then there are global organisations like Techstars.

But will these hubs actually support your business? Here are the pros and cons:

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