Coming off of a large project that kept me from blogging for a bit there, I was thinking more about how great some of the incubators I've recently visited are both for the companies they house and for the regions that host them. The energy you feel in these places, and the enthusiasm that the incubator directors display is infectious and makes you smile from seeing their passion and love for what they do. So I'm a big fan of incubators (the well-run ones, that is).
As more states, cities and regions struggle to find ways to encourage and support more innovation and entrepreneurialism, one idea that is starting to catch on and make some progress is incubators. These have been around for manufacturers and tech companies for years, and several incubators for software and e-companies came and went during the late 90s. More and more incubators are now popping up that are either exclusively for life science companies or that house some life science companies among other tech companies. These can be critical for the very early-stage companies, before they get the larger rounds of funding.