Innovation: three new directions

* The latest of to-day’s co-working spaces take the Incubator to new dimensions (item 1 below).


* Experiments in longitudinal innovation in Nottingham add a Bootcamp to an Accelerator to an Incubator – in three different fields (item 2 below).


* The Cabinet Office’s three-year contracts to run Accelerators for social enterprises bring Accelerators in that field up to the scale of those of leading corporate innovators (item 3 below).

* And more below.


Applied Creativity

Briefings from

John Whatmore at

The Centre for Leadership in Creativity

May 2013


Join the discussions at



The latest co-working spaces: what makes them work?

Never has co-working been more popular: new style facilities are taking the incubator to new dimensions: they provide spaces, support and inspiration for the many aspiring entrepreneurs who are frantically seeking to fill emerging niches in a fast-changing world. (

 Join a Seminar at London South Bank University on 21 May about

        ‘Business Incubation and Universities: the latest trends’, where I shall

       be talking about Accelerators and their impact on innovation in academia.



Three different Nottingham Incubators to run snappy Bootcamps

Three-day Bootcamps to kick off Accelerators – one in IT, another in Cleantech and the third in Life Sciences will aim to help participants to develop their ideas for a business into a fundable proposal that might enable them to take space in an Incubator for developing their business.


       I shall be holding a Workshop for a small number of Leaders of

        Accelerators – to exchange experience (under Chatham House Rules)

       about  problems and opportunities – on Tuesday 9 July in Central London.

       If you would like to be a participant, please make contact with me now.

See also ‘Mini Accelerators go global. Tasters but all just a bit different’

(; EntrepreneurFirst, with its preliminaries to its Accelerator (; and Biocity – an incubator in Life Sciences in Nottingham ( See sequel Wednesday 15 May ‘Accelerators getting more choosy and more targeted’ at


In a Cabinet Office initiative, a charitable foundation collaborates with a major Corporate Accelerator in the development of social enterprises

One of the winners of a £10mn Cabinet Office initiative to support the next generation of social ventures, UnLtd, which has had considerable experience through its Big Venture Challenge of incubating such ventures, is collaborating with Telefonica’s Wayra Lab, which has the most experience of Accelerators of any corporate in the world, to work together to start up and grow new businesses to meet social needs. (

See also Bethnal Green Ventures, an Accelerator in social enterprises ( and The Young Foundation – with its programmes of support for SMEs in social enterprise (


The Royal College of Art’s Incubator wrestles with its own development         InnovationRCA, the RCA’s incubator, has ploughed a leading furrow among higher education establishments; and is contending with the issues that are raised by an incubator programme that runs in parallel to its academic programme, (which is a post-graduate programme), and that is also a part of the educational process. (

Business Learning in development programmes will become increasingly personalised

Business learning provisions are increasingly migrating to online, and for very good reasons; so business learning and business development programmes will need to include learning coaches/mentors. ( 


Financing start-ups: some current hiccoughs

* How do you structure funding for projects with very uncertain prospects?

* Early-stage investors not taking a long enough perspective?

* How do you manage the processes of funding more effectively?

* Grants as an alternative; but they have their strings.

* What is the logic of some recent very fancy prices for IT start-ups

(Instagram, Summly)



A Crowdfunding Platform for Emerging Social Entrepreneurs

A new crowdfunding initiative is set to help emerging social entrepreneurs quickly attract seed capital, build a supporter base and raise the profile of their social ventures internationally. (


The Centre for Leadership in Creativity (a ‘virus for creativity’) carries out research and provides con-

sultancy and peer-to-peer learning for organisations looking to enhance their creativity and innovation.


Copyright John Whatmore 2013

The Centre for Leadership in Creativity       138 Iffley Road,London W6 OPE           

Tel: 020 8748 2553                                                 E-mail:




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