Yet more different Accelerators

Accelerators: new approaches; more focused; and part of a more comprehensive process.

Hub Launchpad, one of the initiatives under the Cabinet Office’s contract for accelerating social enterprises (item 2), focuses the Accelerator not simply on people with interesting ideas for a new social enterprise (as has Bethnal Green Ventures – item 3), but on issues that are of major importance; and it then follows an Action-learning model rather than the more common intensive co-working commune.

Accelerators are continuing to become more thematic – see item 4 – the application of a classic form of the Accelerator in the Movies. And UCL’s new innovation space (item 5) is a complete hybrid: a partnership between academia and a commercial organisations; and the process, interestingly, a cross between an accelerator and an incubator.

Applied Creativity

Briefings from

John Whatmore at

The Centre for Leadership in Creativity

January 2014

john.whatmore@btinternet.com

 Join the discussions at https://johnwhatmore.com/

 

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*         Are Forecasts (like Alice in Wonderland) simply what you

         believe!

 

*         Inventive two-stage Accelerator for creating social enterprises

         and services in the field of public services

 

*         Bethnal Green Ventures evolves its process

*         ‘Accelerators’: another application – the Movies

*         A new incubator with a difference in Tech City – at UCL                           

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Are Forecasts (like Alice in Wonderland) simply what you believe       Often just a bit of dreaming, but research shows that there are indeed experts in forecasting. Maybe our judgments are clouded by what we happen to believe will influence those futures about which we are mere spectators. (http://wp.me/p3beJt-79)

Inventive two-stage Accelerator for creating social enterprises and services in the field of public services

Under their three-year contract with the Cabinet Office to run Accelerators for developing social enterprises, Hub Launchpad has developed an unusual two-stage approach. Rather than promoting ideas for new businesses, it aims to help participants to identify issues in public services and to form teams; and then to work together to develop solutions as social enterprises or new service models within the public sector that will be able to take root and grow. (http://wp.me/p3beJt-7m)

 

Bethnal Green Ventures Accelerator evolves its process

After Bethnal Green Ventures’ third cohort (in partnership with Nesta and the Nominet Trust), its first under the Cabinet Office’s Social Incubator Fund, Paul Miller, partner, talked about having more diversity among his teams, better space, more organisation, and more contact with Alumni and Angels. He described how mentoring had been planned and had worked out, and the popularity of war stories. (http://wp.me/p3beJt-6X)

 ‘Accelerators’: another application – the Movies

A classic ‘Accelerator’ hopes to open up a new route to funding for independent film-makers. A US film-maker and entrepreneur launches an Accelerator at the Sundance film Festival, selects 8 out of 440 applicants; gives them three months of seed-funding and development, and then enables them to pitch their embryonic film to investors – all for 8% of their equity. (http://wp.me/p3beJt-7j)

A new incubator with a difference in Tech City – at UCL                            IDEALondon, a new incubator space in London’s Tech City, opened in December, an unlikely alliance between Cisco, DC Thomson and University College London, which furthers UCL’s far-sighted objectives and strengths – in entrepreneurship. (http://wp.me/p3beJt-71)

Copyright John Whatmore 2014

 

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

Tel: 020 8748 2553                                E-mail:  john.whatmore@btinternet.com

 

 

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