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Old 04-20-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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I've been noticing "greenhouse" setups are becoming popular for investing. A greenhouse is where investors provide $5K-$10K of seed money to multiple startups in the hopes that one of them will hit it big.

I'm of the view that you can build a business with little to no startup money. But, that's if you don't mind taking on a huge struggle and working the business yourself.

If you're gonna' do a startup that *needs* seed money. Then $5K-$10K is a laugh. Having one office assitant just to do varied low-end tasks will cost you about $5K per month.

I've also noticed that the greenhouse investors are really big self-promoters. They are also selling books, etc. about entrepreneurship and investing.

The problem is I don't see the "catch" in this. I do understand the idea of multiple investments as a numbers game for hoping to hit a big one. But, the investment amount isn't enough to create a *real* business.

Are they just playing a game of patent volume? Is there some other money maker that I don't see related to the self-promotion? Are they just trying to sniff out good business opportunities?

Anyone have any insider info that can shed some light on this?
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Most of the incubators I've seen are non-profits that provide space and some expertise for a nominal fee. A few are university sponsored.
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