Resident Program

The Auburn Business Incubator (ABI) is a full-service, mixed-use business incubator with the overall mission of assisting start-up and early stage companies in being successful by linking them to a network of services from university and community sources. The Auburn Business Incubator is managed by the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF), a university-affiliated, non-profit corporation chartered to support the mission of Auburn University, particularly in research and economic development. The Auburn Business Incubator is designed to help launch, nurture, and accelerate the development of entrepreneurial companies by providing them with the expertise, networks, and services needed to become successful.

  • Start-up or early stage technology/knowledge-based companies that market products and/or services
  • The beginning of a sound management and/or product development team.
  • Sufficient capital to carry forward the business plan for at least 12 months.
  • Realistic product development/service timeframes and financial projections demonstrating significant revenues and/or employment within the first three to five years.
  • Providers of support for clients in the incubator
  • Incubator personnel review all applications, and determine qualification on a case by case basis according to eligibility and requirements.
  • A company, not individual, will be accepted based upon the review of an application; all interested businesses are required to complete and submit an application.
  • Interested parties are required to complete an application that will be reviewed by the Incubator staff. Entry into the incubator is competitive; therefore, it is important for all individuals and businesses to be precise in describing their products and services, as well as their current financial and operational status. The Incubator’s goal is to create an environment that has the tools and infrastructure required for businesses to develop, sustain, and begin to prosper within an agreed-upon time frame with the objective of having businesses graduate once they develop solid financial standing. A goal of the Incubator is to develop a synergism among clients that contributes to an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Completion of an Application and related documents
  • Criteria Match
  • Business Plan submission with Financials
  • Final Approval
  • Pay first month rent in advance along with a one-time non-refundable maintenance fee equal to one month rent.
  • Other agreed upon charges are to be paid upon entry into Incubator.
  • Complete and submit all other forms required by the Auburn Business Incubator.
  • Provide all business documents for review when requested.

Associate Program

The Auburn Business Incubator (“ABI”) Associate Client Program is an extension program which offers companies an opportunity to participate and benefit from an incubator setting without maintaining a physical presence within the Incubator. Companies that may participate in the Associate Client Program are typically home-based or have an office at another location. Each company must complete an application that will be reviewed by the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation (“ARTF”), the managing body of the Auburn Business Incubator (“ABI”).  Associate Clients are expected to occupy office space as it becomes available.

  • A start-up or early stage technology/knowledge-based company marketing products and/or services
  • The beginning of a sound management and/or product development team.
  • Sufficient capital to carry the business plan for at least a 12 month period.
  • Provides realistic financial projections.
  • A desire to leverage the services offered by the Auburn Business Incubator
  • Providers of support for clients in the incubator
  • The potential to achieve substantial growth.
  • Business Address
  • Mail Management
  • Hold for pick-up
  • Company name displayed in directory
  • Company name listed on our website and fact sheet
  • 32 hours a month of shared office space
  • 8 hours a month of conference room/s use
  • Admittance to ABI networking events/workshops
  • Access to a high speed copy/print machine, fax machine, and scanner (15 cents per copy for black-and-white and color)
  • Wired and wireless network access
  • First option for permanent space
  • Completion of an Application and related documents
  • Criteria Match
  • Business Plan submission with Financials
  • Final Approval

1. What is the Virtual Incubator?

The ABI Virtual Incubator offers companies an opportunity to participate and benefit from an incubator setting without maintaining a physical presence within the incubator.

2. How does a client sign up?

Any registered business subject to ABI approval can be a virtual client regardless of location. Interested parties should contact the Auburn Business Incubator by phone at (334) 321-2250 or use our online application, ABI Application.

3. How will the mail for the client be handled?

Mail can be sent to and received by the Auburn Business Incubator, 570 Devall Drive, Suite 303, Auburn, AL 36832. The ABI office assistant will pick up and separate the mail daily. All mail will be inserted into the appropriately assigned company boxes which are located in the kitchen/copy room of the Auburn Business Incubator.

4. Can clients use the ABI physical incubator?

Yes, all Virtual Clients will have access to ABI common areas subject to ABI approval. Virtual Clients will also have access to the conference rooms and a designated cubicle. Virtual Clients will not be issued an office key and/or AU affiliate card and will only be allowed to access the incubator Monday-Friday during normal business hours, 8 AM – 5 PM. No holiday, weekend or afterhours access is permitted. It is required that all Virtual Clients sign in with a designated ABI employee whenever using the incubator facilities.

5. How will clients utilize conference rooms and cubicles?

Conference rooms and cubicles are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis by contacting ABI office at 334-321-2250 (24 hour notice required). Virtual Clients are provided a monthly total of 8 hours of conference room time and 32 hours of time towards shared cubicle space. All overages and requests for additional conference room/cubicle use will be charged at per day rate of $25.00 for cubicle space and $50.00 for the use of a conference room.

6. How will clients utilize copy services and onsite wireless access?

Clients will be provided with an access code to be used for copying, faxing, and scanning. An ABI employee will download the high speed print driver to your computer and set as the default printer. A flat fee of 15 cents will be charged to all copy and print jobs (black-and-white and color).