For a couple of months now, myself and a couple of contacts of mine have been pondering ways to develop an incubator to bridge the entrepreneurial resources of NYC (Silicon Alley) with Long Island (it's right next door) and while the idea has attracted a warm reception, I've been at a stand still because when it comes to meetups and groups on Long Island, typically many of the tech events have 10 people at most.
Because of this I'm having trouble figuring out the logistics of my incubator, so I wanted to reach out and ask if anyone out there could provide advice on rallying activity or even just gaining momentum to get a cause going in areas which normally aren't packed by default (e.g. cities).
Thanks very much to everyone in advance for any insights,
In my area in Michigan there has been a very impressive movement lately to get some IT incubators going.
What you essentially need to do is start pulling in the people who are interested in doing this together, and start connecting them with each other.
What you are ultimately looking to do is getting some space together that can be divided up for cheap rent and sharing some resources like conference rooms, kitchen spaces, phone, internet maybe a shared secretary.
I think you would then be looking to do something like this:
The first one in our area filled up in 6 months, then the second 6 months after that.
Most were people working out of their homes that decided it would be worth a few hundred bucks a month for a cubicle at a co-working space. Then some college students started getting spots. Then companies that were 5 - 10 people started renting larger portions of it because they could be around talented inspired people.
But, this has been successful in Mid-Michigan which doesn't have a huge population and is by no means a Silicon Valley. However, we are working on it!
Link to one of our areas incubators: TIC The city fronted the initial money for this, and I'm sure they are now in the black.
For an incubator on Long Island, there is much need. As the founder and CEO of www.babysittingbarter.com, I am amazed at the lack of opportunities in Long Island.
We have just launched and are in over 5 states and 2 continents. We are looking to revolutionize the way we do babysitting. Contact me at mannix[email protected] if you are interested. I have a great deal of experience and was recently named Tech & Learning's 2010 Educator Leader of the Year.
I want to take my tech knowledge, my experience as a parent and my leadership qualities and launch and idea that corners a very sought after market, both mom's aged 21-54 and teenaged girls aged 15-18.
NYC may be our answer, but it would be nice to have options in Long Island.
If you are really serious about this then contact the people running such organizations as
and ask them directly about their experiences and how you might be able to make a better chance for success
All you really heed is
space to host the events/offices
some expert consultants (attorneys, accountants, banks) - perhaps speaking with a number of them who would agree to discount or waive the fee with the expectation that they would generate some long-term business with growing companies
Or just start small and start some informal meetings to find out what can be done.
There is also an Angel group on Long Island
you might want to contact them as well.