Austin Incubators Aiming to Help Create the ‘Next-Generation Economy’

By Lori Hawkins and Kirk Ladendorf
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Monty Goulet is working to build his startup, Maestro Interactive Games, into a viable mobile gaming firm.

But as a first-time entrepreneur, Goulet — who is 23 — has a tight budget and a lot to learn. So when he heard about Tech Ranch, an Austin incubator that leases affordable space and offers mentoring sessions and classes by high-tech veterans, he wanted in.

“When you’re just starting out, those kinds of resources make a huge difference,” said Goulet, who moved to Austin after graduating from college in New Orleans last year. “At a university, the business classes are hypothetical. At Tech Ranch, you’re studying your actual business with industry people who have done it before.”

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