A dating agency for corporates - sound crazy? Well, not according to Brent Hoberman who's come out with some fighting talk regarding startups, incubators and accelerators. He claims to have rewritten the rulebook, having created Founders Factory with help from serial entrepreneur Henry Lane Fox, brother of Martha, and Jim Meyerle, a technology entrepreneur who sold his last business for $43m.
Brent Hoberman has pledged to create 200 new British technology start-ups over the next five years, claiming that he has rewritten the rulebook for building successful new businesses, and that existing incubators and accelerators are not fit for purpose. The LastMinute.com co-founder has created a new venture aimed at both building new businesses from scratch through an “incubator” and helping new start-ups to scale through its “accelerator”. There are currently thousands of rival start-up hubs of this ilk across the UK but Mr Hoberman claimed that Founders Factory brings a “brand new” model to the table. “There are too many accelerators and incubators. There’s a bubble,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “There are too many people hopping on the bandwagon without adding value.”