Research shows one of the biggest obstacles facing small business is the ability to sustain and build growth. MEC is designed to accelerate business growth by creating programs tailored to different industries. According to the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA), 87% of all businesses that graduate from accelerators are still in business after 5 years. Approximately 40-50% of start-ups in the U.S. fail in their first five years of operation.