In North America mentor relationships are valued more than government incentives in terms of secret sauce ingredients leading to achievement of innovation.
O.k. but what you can do when there is no mentor ready to share with they knowledge, know-how, experience and business network ?
Take a look e.g. at Intelligent.ly running time-squeezed workshop skills classes, General Assembly turning thinkers into creators by running full time courses and online classes, or Starter League, more narrow and focused on creation of web and mobile apps.
Stay also tuned with Harvard Business School going online with pretty novel pre-MBA programme.
Civilization has been based on start-ups. You don’t have to be great for a start, but you have to start to be great.