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Incubators, as their name suggests, are spaces for carefully monitored growth. Companies must apply and are selected based on set traits. Once admitted, they are awarded office space and immense support through all stages of business growth. Professional development, staff training, economic training, and business logistics are all emphasized. The programs are intense but generally short in length, so as to get businesses up and running independently.

Unlike accelerators, incubators focus on learning the ropes of running a business, customer care, finances, and other such essentials. Learning is emphasized over seeking investors.

In Dallas, incubators host many technology entrepreneur programs. From biocenters run by the city’s top hospitals, to incubators funded by colleges that offer educational resources, Dallas’ incubators are priceless resources for connections and growth.

As all incubators have different application deadlines, make sure to keep track of due dates to land your incubator of choice.

Basic

  • TechFW: This Fort Worth incubator works with technology entrepreneurs and offers hands-on mentoring and close monitoring.
  • The Werx in McKinney: Located in the Cotton Mill of McKinney, this incubator hosts modern occupations in an antique building.
  • DFW Excellerator: This program is getting a facelift; stay tuned for its debut as a changed program.
  • The Genius Den: Downtown Dallas is home to The Genius Den, where rooftop parties aren’t uncommon. The program is standard, but does focus on philanthropic missions such as alleviating poverty.
  • United Way’s Ground Floor: Here, the aim is to create strong one-on-one mentorship as well as intense group guidance through workshops. Located in Downtown Dallas.
  • SCORE Dallas: Established entrepreneurs offer expertise and experience in their fields. Mentoring and training is the focus. Highly successful business people are both volunteers and guest lecturers at this center in Dallas.

City-Run

  • Addison Treehouse: Run by the city of Addison, this is a community-centric incubator; it holds the belief that an investment in an entrepreneur is an investment in the city.
  • North Texas Enterprise Center: Serving Far North Dallas is this incubator’s mission, as their Frisco-based and community-centric program aims to foster job growth in the area.
  • IdeaWorks Fort Worth: Fort Worth sponsors this incubator, which serves multiple fields. The program is heavy with support and education, and offers a transition program as well to help businesses stay on track after the program’s end.
  • Arlington Technology Incubator: The program is backed by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Research and Technology Initiative, and is designed to foster growth in UT Arlington and the city’s economy.

College-Based

  • Biotech Manufacturing Center of Texas: If you have an innovative device or component in the field of medicine, are ready to develop a prototype, or already have your product and business established, the Biotech Manufacturing Center of Texas (BMC) can help. It’s a contract manufacturer of medical devices/components that also offers start-up help.
  • UNT Innovation Greenhouse: The Innovation Greenhouse is a center for young adults who are developing innovative ideas in technology, the arts, business, or any other field. It’s housed by the University of North Texas.
  • Mountain View College Business Program: Serving southern Dallas, Mountain View College Economic and Workforce Development Department offers individual offices, meeting space, a computer lab, training classrooms, and more. Also offered are for-credit business classes to foster educational growth.
  • BioCenter at Southwestern Medical District: The BioCenter is surrounded by Southwestern Medical District, the home of renowned hospitals and biomedical research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. BioCenter is the hub for commercial life-sciences in the Dallas region.
  • The Business Growth Center: A part of El Centro College, this incubator is education-heavy and requires applications. Classes offered include start-up, loan, business planning, taxes, marketing, and financial statement workshops.
  • Entrepreneurship at The Caruth Institute: SMU’s Cox School of Business hosts recurring entrepreneur programs that are not limited to students. Innovators can apply and take an extensive course in starting a business. The co-founder of The Container Store is an alum.

Art

  • The Cedars Union: This incubator, located in The Cedars area, was launched to support recent graduates of arts programs who struggle to find footing in a commercial world. It provides mentorship and resources for new graduates and established artists alike, to help make their craft a business.