incubator

noun
in·​cu·​ba·​tor | \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbā-tər, ˈin-\

Definition of incubator 

: one that incubates: such as

a : an apparatus by which eggs are hatched artificially

b : an apparatus with a chamber used to provide controlled environmental conditions especially for the cultivation of microorganisms or the care and protection of premature or sick babies

c : an organization or place that aids the development of new business ventures especially by providing low-cost commercial space, management assistance, or shared services

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Crédit Agricole is due to open a startup incubator in Milan this autumn, partly to present new investment opportunities to clients. The Economist, "Italy’s resilient savers are driving consolidation in asset management," 28 June 2018 Hughes arranged a meeting with Lemnos Labs, one of Silicon Valley’s first hardware incubators, and in November of 2011, two Lemnos partners flew to the Vardakostas home in San Juan Capistrano to visit the entrepreneur-in-waiting. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 Innovation hub organizers are pushing forward with a concept to transform a 200,000-square-foot section of the Nokia campus at Naperville and Warrenville roads in Naperville into an incubator for high-tech start-ups. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "High-tech incubator in Naperville offering student summer camps, plans to open in September," 1 June 2018 Such Things as Vampires is now sharpening its claws at the theater’s Harmony Labs & New Music incubator, which developed Lights Out. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Surprise: There's good theater in the Philly suburbs," 13 Apr. 2018 Galley Group, which runs two successful incubators in Pittsburgh, announced its plans Thursday to launch on the ground floor of the old Federal Reserve Building, 160 W. Fort St. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "4 restaurants, 1 location: New Detroit eatery first-of-its-kind," 1 Mar. 2018 Please welcome and give kudos to Ad Astra, the newest incubator that supports only women entrepreneurs. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ad Astra accelerator gives female-led San Diego startups a boost," 2 July 2018 Within the past year alone, the Arvins have renovated the center's gym, built five classrooms for tutoring and art programs, launched the entrepreneur incubator and opened Porkland BBQ, led by chef Travis Grimes. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Couple injects love into Portland with a community center and BBQ," 4 June 2018 Luckinbill said since the March announcement of Hub88, he’s been approached by several property owners in Warrenville about the possibility of locating the incubator at their sites. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "High-tech incubator in Naperville offering student summer camps, plans to open in September," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of incubator

1857, in the meaning defined above

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incubator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of incubator

: a device that is used to keep eggs warm before they hatch

medical : a piece of equipment in which very weak or sick babies are placed for special care and protection after their birth

business : an organization or place that helps in the development of new businesses

incubator

noun
in·​cu·​ba·​tor | \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbā-tər \

Kids Definition of incubator

1 : a device that provides enough heat to hatch eggs artificially

2 : a device to help the growth of tiny newborn babies

incubator

noun
in·​cu·​ba·​tor | \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbāt-ər, ˈin- \

Medical Definition of incubator 

: one that incubates especially : an apparatus with a chamber used to provide controlled environmental conditions especially for the cultivation of microorganisms or the care and protection of premature or sick babies

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