Who runs them?

Incubators are popular with government agencies as a way to boost economic development. Such corporations as Turner Broadcasting [TWX], Volkswagen[VOW], and Panasonic[PC] also create their own incubators as a way to stay close to startups that may be worth investing in, partnering with, or acquiring. Venture capitalist firms such as Kleiner Perkins have partnered with tech incubators to give them better access to startups that may be the next Google[GOOG], Facebook [FB], or Twitter. And academic institutions are among the biggest supporters of incubators to help students get their startups off the ground. Schools sponsored 32 percent of incubators, according to the NBIA.

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