What we need in incubators

Women on Business

Around the country politicians, industry leaders and small businesses have screamed their support for small business development centers and universities to get involved in creating business incubators that help build and sustain small business. The goal is admirable, small businesses stimulate economies and create more jobs. But there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction amongst small business, what do we really need from business incubators?

When Big Companies Support Start-ups, Both Make More Money

Harvard Business Review

In the technology world, we’ve seen the tremendous impact that eBay has made in helping small e-commerce businesses get off the ground. Now imagine if eBay went beyond providing a technology platform and entered the field of business incubation in a meaningful way, It’s an idea that could have a huge impact. Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have fueled a global bonanza in app development.

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How the U.S. Can Rebuild Its Capacity to Innovate

Harvard Business

has lost what Harvard Business School’s Willy Shih calls the “ industrial commons ”: indispensable production skills and capabilities. firms took offshoring a step further and began contracting design and product development activities overseas around the turn of the millennium when China joined the World Trade Organization and Asian producers started investing in major capacity improvements. Jetta Productions/Getty Images. Many U.S.

Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo

Harvard Business

Billed as a set of tools for innovation, design thinking has been enthusiastically and, to some extent, uncritically adopted by firms and universities alike as an approach for the development of innovative solutions to complex problems. But skepticism about design thinking has now begun to seep out onto the pages of business magazines and educational publications. Then, both approaches move toward developing a theory about how to solve the problem or design challenge.

The Core Incompetencies of the Corporation

Harvard Business Review

Most of the recommended remedies—idea wikis, business incubators, online collaboration, design thinking, “authentic” leadership, et al —are no more than minor tweaks. Reflect for a moment on the development of constitutional democracy. Large organizations of all types suffer from an assortment of congenital disabilities that no amount of incremental therapy can cure. First, they are inertial.

The $300 House: Go, Go, Go!

Harvard Business Review

Winners will be selected by the community and a panel of judges and will receive a scholarship to a June "prototyping workshop" led by COMMON , a social business incubator. Thirdly, we looked at Grameen's poverty metrics in Muhammad Yunus' book Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. We'll also see the emergence of new business models like collaborative consumption. The $300 House: The Challenge. The Financial Challenge.

Six Ways to Befriend Future Tech Billionaires

Harvard Business Review

Internships, "after-school" apprenticeships like those offered by Citizen Schools, practical problems, and the chance for independent projects or business-building as part of formal schooling seems to encourage young people to stay in school longer, because school is more relevant — or at least that''s what some preliminary observations suggest. New business incubators are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. They feel it is inextricably linked to business strategy.