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Belron digital and innovation chief launches startup accelerator

Edward Qualtrough | June 30, 2016
Drive with Belron startup accelerator launched to improve operations and customer experience

Belron Head of Digital and Innovative Technology, Nick Burton, is looking to partner with startups and entrepreneurs in a new global accelerator programme to improve operations and the customer experience for the Autoglass parent company.

The glass repair and replacement company, whose technology chief Burton was a member of the 2015 CIO 100 and 2015 CIO Summit speaker, is running a 12-week startup accelerator programme alongside investor and innovation partner L Marks to fast track the growth of startups who will be able to help Belron innovate in a series of areas the business considers key to its strategy.

"Our team is looking forward to learning how entrepreneurs think and approach problem solving, which will challenge us to think and act differently," Burton said.

"And by giving these startups unparallelled access to our brands around the world, along with education and investment support, we can help them accelerate their businesses too."

Teams involved in the programme will be partnered with one of Belron's participating countries - US, Canada, Spain, France and Germany - with whom they will get the chance to trial their products and solutions, L Marks and Belron said.

The startups will also receive dedicated mentoring from the Belron senior leadership and have available a fund of £200,000 from which to invest in participating companies. At the end of the programme, one team will be named the winner of Drive and receive up to £100,000 in follow-on funding from Belron and L Marks.

Source: CIO UK


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