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Categories of incubator success: a case study of three New York incubator programmes

Hanadi Mubarak Al-Mubaraki (Kuwait University, Nuzha, Kuwait)
Ali Husain Muhammad (Department of Management and Marketing, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait)
Michael Busler (School of Business, Richard Stockton College, Galloway, NJ, USA)

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5945

Article publication date: 5 January 2015




The purpose of this paper is to investigate and identify three categories of incubators in the USA located in New York (NY). The incubator categories are: technology commercialisation; economic development; and entrepreneurship.


The study uses a qualitative approach based on interviews concerning three incubator programmes selected for their successful outcomes.


The research findings suggest four priorities for incubators: to be dynamic models of self-sustainable, efficient business development; to provide helpful tools for generating jobs; to foster and support enterprise and innovation to create the best environment for the start-up and smart growth of businesses; and to support value-added businesses through various means, such as developing the region’s science parks and R&D centres, improving collaboration between universities, and supporting business investment and growth.


The research adds value to academicians and practitioners such as government, funded organisations, institutions and policy makers.



The KFAS project team would like to express their genuine appreciation to the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS-2010-1103-04) for the financial support provided for this project. A special acknowledgement and appreciation is due to Professor Rashed Al-Ajmei, Dean of the College of Business Administration, Kuwait University and Chairman of the Centre for Excellence for all managerial advice and support required for the project. The team also extends deep thanks to the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) for providing successful international case studies to be interviewed. The research team is also grateful to the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) for providing valuable information.


Al-Mubaraki, H.M., Muhammad, A.H. and Busler, M. (2015), "Categories of incubator success: a case study of three New York incubator programmes", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 2-12.



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