There is more and more people having disruptive and innovative web-based business ideas, but these people do not have IT-Web/Computer Science degree, knowledge or skills (except using the internet of course). It is very difficult for these people to find co-founders expert and skilled in IT (such as coders/developers, web-designers and web-marketers). Most of IT/Web experts, even young IT graduates, are a rare resource. Indeed they prefer to be hired and to work for Google, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Apple or other big IT companies than joining a risky start-up project !
Google, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Apple .... could offer their engineering and business resources to web-entrepreneurs who do not have IT skills.
People having a web business idea could submit online their idea pitch to the program. If big IT firm employees are seduced by the idea, they will work on it, and improve it in collaboration with the idea holder. Big IT firm employees will design, build and develop the idea to a beta version ready to be tested in real.
This contribution will be provided in exchange of equity in the future startup company.
Every web entrepreneurs would dream to have Google, Microsoft or Apple as CTO co-founder?
For example, in exchange of the work done, Big IT firms and their employees will have 20% of the equity of the future startup.
Alternatively, if the web product/service could be commercialize directly by the Big IT firm, the entrepreneur will be rewarded by royalties on revenues of future sales.
The Proof of Concept
Examples of companies offering their support in design and conception to idea holders:
- Quirky: It's a design-driven open-innovation firm for creative products. Submit your idea to the Quirky commnunity, if selected, Quirky will conceive, manufacture and commercialize your product on its e-commerce shop, and you will get royalties on future sales
- The Junto: The Junto incubator is dedicated to Non-tech entrepreneurs having a web-startup project. Submit your idea, if selected, The Junto team will conceive your beta version. You can entirely boostrap the project or make it fund it by the crowd / The Junto team work is rewarded by sweat equity or by royalties on future revenues of your startup.
- The Startup porgram of Astek: Astek is a global IT engineering and consulting firm with 3,200 employees and a turn-over of Euro 220M (Headquarter in France). Astek has launched a Startup Program: Anyone can submit an e-business idea/project, if Astek managers are seduced and believe in the business potential, Astek will bring all support in engineering, conception and technical development of the web product. This support is provided in exchange of equity (sweat equity).