Incubate activity has not been limited to industrialized countries; Incubation environments are currently being implemented in developing countries and are generating interest in financial support from organizations such as UNIDO and the World Bank. However, not all incubators are equal, so if you have a specific idea for a business, try to find the incubator that best meets your needs. If you would like to find an incubator in your state, visit the National Business Incubation Association website. Or contact your local economic development agency, which is in the directory under the list for your government. You can also call the information offices of your local colleges and universities to see if they have business incubation programs. Incubators also differ from U.S. small business administration small business development centers (and similar business assistance programs) because they serve only selected clients. On July 7, 1953, the Small Business Administration was created in the Small Business Act. Its purpose is to „promote, advise, support and protect the interests of small businesses where possible.“ In addition, the Charter ensures that small businesses will receive an „appropriate share“ of all government contracts and the sale of surplus assets.  SBDCs work with every small company at every stage of development, not just start-ups. Many business incubaation programs work with their local SBDCs to create a one-stop shop for business support.  About one-third of incubation programs are sponsored by economic development organizations.
Public bodies (for example. B cities or counties) account for 21% of the program`s sponsors. An additional 20% are subsidized by academic institutions, including two- and four-year colleges, universities and fachhochschulen.  In many countries, incubaation programmes are funded by regional or national governments as part of a comprehensive economic development strategy. However, in the United States, most incubaation programs are independent, community-based and resource-related projects. The U.S. Economic Development Administration is a frequent source of funds for the development of incubst order programs, but once a program is open and operational, it generally does not receive federal funding; Only a few countries offer funding from centralized incubators. Rents and/or customer costs account for 59% of the incubator`s revenues, followed by service contracts or grants (18%), and cash subsidies (15%).  More than half of all business incubation programs are mixed-use projects, i.e. they work with clients in a wide range of sectors.
Technology incubators account for 39% of incubator programs.  The formal concept of business creation began in the United States in 1959, when Joseph L. Mancuso opened the Batavia Industrial Center in a warehouse in Batavia, New York.  Incubation spread to the United States in the 1980s and has spread to the United Kingdom and Europe through various related forms (e.g.B. Innovation Centres, Business Nurseries, Technopole/Scientific Parks). The U.S.-based International Business Innovation Association estimates that there are approximately 7,000 business incubators in the world. A study funded by the European Commission in 2002 identified some 900 incubation environments in Western Europe.  As of October 2006, there were more than 1,400 business incubators in North America, up from just 12 in 1980. In 1997, Her Majesty`s Treasury identified some 25 incubation environments in the United Kingdom; Until 2005, ukBI identified about 270 incubation environments across the country.