Start-Up Organizations: What, Why, Who?
What are some common start-up types?
- New, stand-alone institutions
- Spin-offs from existing organizations
- Expansions or replications of existing models
- Networks or centers to serve other organizations
- Intermediary organizations
- Community foundations
What intentions might a new organization fulfill?
- Establishing a new service or innovation
- Capitalizing on a new opportunity or market
- Giving a project independence and room to grow
- Implementing work in new places using an established model
- Connecting organizations within a field
- Advancing knowledge and guiding new work within a field
- Coordinating a program of dedicated giving and fundraising
Who proposes a start-up?
- An innovator who wants to implement a new idea
- A leader from an existing organization who wishes to expand operations, replicate a model, or split off an independent entity
- A practitioner who hopes to bring coherence to, develop knowledge within, or raise the profile of a field
- A grantmaker whose experience within a field suggests that a new organization is needed
- A constituency or community that comes together to meet a need or pursue an opportunity
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This takeaway was derived from Working with Start-Ups.