Incubators Impacting IT Landscape; IDC’s New Research Program Positioned to Guide the Incubator Market

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JULY 10, 2000 – IDC, the world's leading authority on global IT information, announced today a new program analyzing for-profit incubators and business accelerators. The Business Services: Incubators research program will analyze the incubator market, models, trends, major players, and incubators’ impact on the world of Internet services and venture capital. Building on IDC's successful Internet Services program, the Incubator program will analyze opportunities and challenges incubators create, partnering opportunities for IT product and service firms, competitive positioning, and equity relationship models.


Incubators and business accelerators provide start-ups with a gamut of assistance as they prepare to go public. This assistance ranges from office space to writing business plans to developing Web sites to capital.

The incubator market is expanding rapidly as independent incubators (“indies”), venture capitalists, service firms, IT product firms, and non-IT corporations target start-ups in the most promising markets. “There will be hundreds of incubators but much fewer actual successful incubated companies. Incubators will need to develop highly differentiated, value-added services to compete for, and successfully grow, their start-ups,” said Nicole Weber, senior analyst for IDC's Business Services: Incubators research. “For corporations, IT service firms, and venture capitalists that link an incubator strategy to their overall business, incubators offer access to early stage technology, equity revenue, and partnership potential, as well as increased employee retention.”

The Incubator research program continues IDC's progressive history of IT market analysis and consulting. To help navigate the incubator landscape, IDC has already published a variety of research. Abstracts for the following Business Services: Incubators published research can be found at

• Mapping Out Your Place in the New Economy: Using Incubators, Accelerators and Venture Funds to Reach Dot-Coms (IDC #B22408). Free research – this particular document may be downloaded in its entirety for no charge at

• Profile of an Indie: campsix’s Incubator Strategy (IDC #B22455)

· Incubator Services on the Rise: PricewaterhouseCoopers Launches Network of European Incubators (IDC #B21917)

• Investment Trilogy Part 3: Desperately Seeking Dot-Coms – How a New Breed of Client Is Affecting Pricing Methodologies (IDC #B21789)

• Post-Incubator Services: Andersen Consulting Targets Dot-Coms with New Launch Centers (IDC #B21711)

• Intend Change: Consulting Around Internet Venture Creation (IDC #B19696)

• Viant Puts Clients in Business Incubator: The Changing Roles of Internet Service Firms (IDC #B18360)

IDC is currently developing Incubators: A Competitive Segmentation Report, a study that will illustrate how the competitive landscape of the incubator and business accelerator market is developing. The study will profile 18-20 of the market's leading incubators as well as up-and-coming players. The study includes IDC's analysis about the success criteria needed to tackle this market and recommendations for proceeding. Also included in the study are aggregated market intelligence about incubator service offerings, incubator best practices, business models, competitive positioning, equity participation, and marketing strategies. The report will be available to clients of the program and for individual sale this summer.

For more information about IDC's Business Services: Incubators research program or any of the reports listed above, please contact Jill Toole at 508-988-6915 or

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