10 Start-up Incubators to Watch

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EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois

Part of the University of Illinois's Research Park, EnterpriseWorks hosts early-stage tech firms, and has had particular success with information and biotechnology companies. About 70 companies have had their start at EnterpriseWorks since the incubator opened its doors in 2003. If you're looking to hobnob with the venture capital flash that only Silicon Valley can offer, this may not be the incubator for you. But for tech firms that need some time to get their business in order, a residency at EnterpriseWorks provides office and lab space, meetings with the incubator's three entrepreneurs in residence, and the option to hire student employees from the University of Illinois's student body. —Matt DeLuca