Accelerators: What can beauty learn from tech?

With Silicon Valley increasingly turning its attention to the lucrative cosmetics industry, Mike Harrington speaks with IgniteXL about its beauty technology start-up accelerator SVBeautytech

Common in the world of tech, accelerators exist to speed up the process of getting a good idea to market

There have always been start-ups; the biggest and best-known global companies were once pioneers.

But Silicon Valley took the concept from random and varied to a new level.

California boasts excellent academic centres like Stanford and Caltech, which act as magnets for the best young talent.

It is an area that's spawned a high proportion of today's disruptive internet companies, with Apple and Google just two out of thousands.

It's a world where incubators, accelerators, co-working office spaces, seed funding, venture capital, development capital, mentoring and networks all mix to attract the very best minds and entrepreneurs.

But how might beauty benefit from the Silicon Valley model?

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