A successful corporate incubator or accelerator depends upon three things: people, people, and people. That’s what I learned by speaking with the heads of corporate incubators at 12 blue chip corporations in the past eight weeks.
When I was 19, I volunteered for Army Airborne School. For two weeks the infamous Black Hats – tough-as-leather Sergeants who prepare soldiers to jump from planes – tested our mettle through ground-based training. Slowly, the ranks thinned to those who were fit enough and focused enough to jump successfully.