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Below is a list of frequently asked questions & answers. If you have have a query that doesn't appear here, please contact us.
I've forgotten my password. How do I log in?
Click on the "Forgotten password" button situated at the top right of the screen. A reminder of your password will be sent to your email account.
How do I post my company profile in the Directory?
Log in as usual and go to the My EMIN page. In the left-hand column, you will find the option to "Edit Company Profile".
Complete this section and, once approved, your company profile will appear in the Directory.
How do I receive weekly news updates from EMIN?
Simply register as a user on the EMIN portal. Weekly news updates will automatically be sent to your email address.
What is a business incubator?
A business incubator is an organisation that supports the entrepreneurial process, helping to increase survival rates for innovative startup companies. Entrepreneurs with feasible projects are admitted into incubators, where they are offered a specialised menu of support resources and services.
The resources and services open to an entrepreneur include: provision of physical space, mentoring, help in making an effective business plan, administrative services, technical support, business networking, advice on intellectual property and sources of financing. The incubation process is intended to last around 2-5 years.
Why should a new business want to locate in a business incubator?
NBIA estimates that approximately 80 percent of incubated firms survive their first three years, compared with a 35 to 40 percent survival rate for non-incubated startups. Business failures waste important capital, whereas success stimulates future investment potential within a community. In a recent study conducted by NBIA, some 66 percent of 126 incubated companies reported that incubator services were important to their survival and success.
Why should I join EMIN?
EMIN provides strategic guidance, access to investors, mentors, a network of contacts, specialised training, affordable space, and a range of business resources. For more information, go to Services.
How do I join?
It's currently free to register as a member of EMIN. This allows you access to a range of resources & business support information.
To apply to move into incubator office space, you must contact the incubator unit directly (view a list of EMIN incubators).
Do I have to move into the incubator?
EMIN has both resident (incubatees) and non-resident (virtual incubatees) clients. Virtual incubatees are companies who need strategic guidance and business assistance, but do not need space.
What are networking groups?
The EMIN website allows you to create or join online networking groups. These groups are usually arranged around a specific business theme & enable you to share files & contacts with fellow members as well as post messages & events.
The groups can either be open to anybody or closed (in which case your request to join will need to be approved).
To view a list of existing networking groups, log on as usual & go to the 'My EMIN' section. You will see an option to view 'all groups'.
Selecting the 'my groups' option allows to view all the groups of which you are a member.
How do you join a networking group?