What is the difference between incubators and coworking space?

In the startup environment, incubator and coworking space are often used words. Before making a decision for your startup, it’s crucial to know the distinctions between the two. Understanding the differences can help you make the right option for your startup.


Incubators provide office space, coaching, tools, and access to money to new and early-stage firms. The goal of an incubator is to teach entrepreneurs how to turn a business idea into a startup. 

For example, some incubators are focused on the food and health care industries. When it comes to creating a company idea, incubators tend to focus more on the early stages, whereas accelerators tend to focus more on the later stages.

Coworking Space

Coworking spaces give shared office space, a startup community of like-minded individuals, and access to tools for budding entrepreneurs. To save money, but also to network with industry experts, specialists, and potential business associates, shared space is an excellent option. 

Shared workspace, dedicated workstation, or private office are common features in coworking facilities.

Your startup’s needs, stage of growth, choice for privacy or collaboration, readiness to pay or offer equity, and geography all play a role in finding the best partner. It’s possible that all of them will play a role at some point in your startup’s development.

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