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nextweekend Is First to Use business-incubator.com

The new e-business consortium business-incubator.com announced Friday that a start-up named nextweekend is the first to use its services.

nextweekend aims to help individuals plan their leisure time in ways that were not possible before the Internet came along. It will be a direct competitor to the highly successful travel and leisure site lastminute.com.

A partnership between Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Cisco and Exodus, business-incubator.com helps Internet start-ups in the initial stages of their business. The consortium addresses such issues as technical infrastructure, funding and building a global customer base.

"One of the temptations with the Internet is to roll everything out at once," said Chris Moss, CEO of nextweekend.

"However, as with any business venture, success is very much dependent on planning and execution. By working closely with the business-incubator.com partners and pooling our collective experiences, we anticipate being able to launch successfully to the UK market early next year."

One of the key features of business-incubator.com is the provision of a secure, reduced-risk environment where start-ups can test their e-commerce systems for three months before launching a full e-business.

"In the Internet age, economic power will reside in the hands of those with the best e-business infrastructure, not to mention the best ideas," said Nigel Thomas, marketing manager for General Business, Oracle UK.

"Just as most start-up businesses may have traditionally gone to the bank for advice on how to start their business, the business-incubator.com partners are in a position to offer expert consultancy as well as hardware and software support for the fledgling organisations of the Internet age."

A business-incubator.com package, consisting of a defined list of hardware, database software, network infrastructure and web hosting facilities, costs around £15,000 ($24,000) for a three month period, including consultancy.