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Forbes Highlights Networking Benefits at Alternative Office Space

NEW YORK – Incubators, accelerators and even coworking spaces are potential prowling grounds for venture capitalists looking for new, compelling startups. That’s how a recent article from Forbes magazine starts.

Entitled, “Networking at Incubators, Accelerators and Coworking Spaces,” the article by Karsten Strauss goes on to say that these alternative office space venues are also proving to be rich in networking opportunities for lawyers, accountants and business advisors. She then goes on to give some examples that bring the story to life. has been covering this space for many years. Here are some of the incubators we recommend:

YouWeb is a “cradle to exit” technology incubator whose founder happens to be none other than serial entrepreneur Peter Relan. Founded in 2007, YouWeb specializes in recruiting driven and technically talented entrepreneurs, without an idea, team or business plan, who have the potential to start a great software company. There were clear synergies. Both Hacker Dojo and YouWeb support technical hackers as they develop their projects and products.

More and more often, incubators are blending with coworking office space. The latest example is I’ve come across is 1871. 1871 is positioning itself as the place where Chicago’s digital start-ups get their start. It is a not-for-profit tech hub that provides Chicago’s start-up community with access to mentors, investors, partners and peers, as well as a wide array of programming, including classes, special events and conferences.

Chicago’s first collaborative ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs and business leaders is now officially six years old. The incubator hosts 3,000 entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders every month in Chicago’s Loop. TechNexus is a hub for all kinds of business activity, with thousands of people flowing through into its alternative office space each month, including investors, business owners, entrepreneurs, students and advisors. An impressive 70 percent of young companies that have called TechNexus home are still in business today.

Port Business Incubator
The University City Science Center’s Port Business Incubator is the latest to jump on the coworking office space bandwagon. The new coworking space has been christened the Bullpen, and offers entrepreneurs a desk, phone and high speed Wi-Fi. Located on the Science Center campus at 3711 Market Street in Philadelphia, the Bullpen specifically targets emerging growth companies. Belgium-based Biologistics Consulting is the first company to call the Philadelphia coworking space home.