incubator
n. A company that helps a start-up business by providing office space and equipment, arranging financing, and offering business guidance.

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" 'Incubators are the future of business,' said Howard Morgan, vice chairman of Pasadena-based Internet incubator Idealab. 'The model has created a way for start-ups to hit the ground running by learning from and collaborating with other companies in the incubator.' "
—Karen Kaplan, "Tech Success Breeds New Incubators," Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2000

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