Recently I’ve been involved in a discussion about creating a startup accelerator and while I can’t share the details of the discussion I’m involved in, these are some of the resources that you might be interested in if you are thinking about creating an accelerator in your area or at your educational institution.
The current wave of startup accelerators or ‘startup factories’ as they’ve been referred to is not a new concept. Prior to the startup bubble in 2000 there was a wave of startup accelerators, most of which ceased to exist due to unsustainable economics. You can read more about the first wave of incubators in the report by Morton T. Hansen, Henry W. Chesbrough, Nitin Nohria, and Donald N. Sull of the Harvard Business School.
The second wave of startup accelerators, arguably originated by Y-Combinator in 2005, have more sustainable business plans and a better chance of remaining in the industry unless a Euro or Dollar crisis happens or unless some other “Black Swan” flies in.
As you conceptualize the idea of your startup, these are some great resources to learn from:
A comprehensive post by Ben Yoskovitz of Year One Labs, a Lean Startup accelerator: So You Want to Run a Startup Accelerator…10 Things to Think About When Starting a Startup Accelerator.
A comprehensive overview of existing startup factories: who, where, how much
A list of 102 startup accelerators:
Are you thinking about a startup accelerator? Some Accelerator Resources:
“How to Build a Venture-Finance Ecosystem”, practical principles that the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project have been identifying and developing for public leaders: http://goo.gl/fN4gh