Equity and Control — Balancing the Pros and Cons of Incubation Programs

Published on
Jan 5, 2024
Written by
jameel qeblawi
Read time
5 min

jameel qeblawi

founder and chief architect myqubator™

Balancing the Pros and Cons of Incubation Programs

When it comes to incubation programs, startups are often worried about giving up equity and control in exchange for support and resources. These concerns are not unfounded, as many incubators require equity in the startup in exchange for their assistance and resources. However, as the startup ecosystem continues to evolve, it is important for founders and investors to consider the advantages and disadvantages of equity sharing and control as part of incubation programs.

Understanding the Importance of Equity

Equity sharing is a common practice in the startup world, especially as a means for raising capital and attracting investment. By offering equity, startups can raise funds without incurring debt or risking bankruptcy. Furthermore, equity sharing provides investors with a sense of ownership and aligns their interests with the growth and success of the startup.

However, the downside of equity sharing is that it dilutes the ownership of the founders and reduces their decision-making authority, potentially leading to a loss of control over their startup. Furthermore, equity sharing may lead to conflicts of interest and disagreements on strategic decisions with the incubator, which can hinder the growth potential of the startup.

The Pros and Cons of Incubation Programs

Incubation programs are designed to provide startups with access to resources, mentorship, and facilities to grow their business. However, these programs often require a percentage of equity in the startup, and this can be a double-edged sword for the startup.

On the positive side, incubators can help startups overcome barriers to entry by providing access to expertise, funding, and networks to scale their business quickly. It can also help startups gain credibility and recognition in the industry and attract additional investors in the future.

On the negative side, incubators may have different objectives and priorities than the startup, leading to conflicts over strategic decisions and control. In some cases, the incubator's interests may shift away from the startup, resulting in divestment or loss of support. Additionally, startups may end up giving away too much equity, reducing their overall valuation and potential return on investment.

The MYQUBATOR Approach to Equity and Control

At MYQUBATOR, we recognize the importance of equity sharing and control as part of incubation programs. Our approach is designed to be transparent and supportive, while ensuring that the founders remain in control of their business.

We value the importance of the founder's vision, and aim to align our interests with theirs to create a mutually beneficial partnership that prioritizes the growth and sustainability of their startup. We offer tailored services that are tailored to the needs of the startup, with clear service level agreements, which are defined and agreed to during the initial incubation period.

Furthermore, we recognize the importance of financial sustainability and aim to provide access to resources and funding, without compromising on the ownership structure of the startup. We aim to support startups through mentorship, guidance, and networking, while empowering them with decision-making authority to ensure they remain true to their core values and long-term vision.


The decision to join an incubation program is a critical one for startups, and equity sharing and control are important considerations in this decision. While giving up equity may provide access to resources, it may also lead to a loss of control and decision-making authority for founders. However, by partnering with an incubator that values transparency, support, and clear equity agreements, startups can take advantage of the benefits of incubation programs, while retaining control and ownership over their business.


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