Incubators Today: Reducing Risk for Your Startup



  • Business incubators reduce the risk of small business failure. Incubators report that 87 percent of all firms that graduated from incubators in the last ten years are still in business.

    Co-Sponsored by SDForum, Women's Technology Cluster, and Panasonic Incubator


    Jim Robbins (bio), Founder and President of Business Cluster Development


    - Carol Lauffer, Principal, Panasonic Incubator
    - Kathy Kim, President, Oakland Communications Tech Cluster, Former CEO, Vitalz
    - Kim Fisher, Managing Director, Women's Technology Cluster, Former CEO, AudioBasket
    - Hagit Glickman, CEO, PsychWay
    - Bill Paseman, CEO, Calico
    - Krishna Subramanian, CEO, Kovair

    Incubators have developed a bad name: Several high-profile incubators have taken huge chunks of the companies they incubate and provided little in return.

    There are a few top incubators in the Bay Area that take little or no equity in your company, and provide an incredible amount of value. These incubators reverse the statistic of small business failures - more than 80% of startup businesses succeed in these incubators. They "quick start" businesses and have them grow at a rate that is 7 to 22 times faster than businesses started otherwise. They do this by maintaining an inventory of business experts, consultants, advisors, mentors, procedures, methods, state-of-the-art technologies and total resources that businesses use in the growth process.

    Come learn how a select group of Bay Area incubators can increase your company's chances for success while you meet and learn from investors, incubator directors, and successful CEO's who have been through incubators and taken their companies through millions in funding, IPO's and acquisitions.


    Moderator: Jim Robbins

    James Robbins is the Founder and President of Business Cluster Development, a firm specializing in building private and public partnerships to establish business incubators with a technical focus. Jim has created numerous technology Clusters in Northern California, including the Digital Equipment Enterprise Cluster. In 1994, he developed the first Environmental Technology Business Cluster in the United States. He also co-developed the first software incubator in California. The San Jose Software Business Cluster has created 700 new jobs, attracted over $150 million in venture funding for start-up tenants, and resulted in 3 IPO's since opening in 1994. Jim is Executive Director of both the Software Business Cluster and the Panasonic Incubator, which is co-located with The Women's Technology Cluster in San Francisco.

    Event Logistics


    8:30am-9:00am Registration/Networking/Continental breakfast
    9:00am-10:30am Seminar


    Women's Technology Cluster
    1207 Indiana Street, Suite 4
    San Francisco, CA
    (415) 970-5090 Phone
    (415) 970-5095 Fax

    Cost (Continental Breakfast included)
    Entrepreneurs: $10 in advance, $20 at the door
    All Others: $35 in advance, $50 at the door

    To register, press the link below or send an email to [email protected] and pay at the door.