Autoglass announces £200,000 global tech accelerator programme

Vehicle glass repair group is searching for five tech start-ups with "innovative" ideas to improve its efficiency and customer service

Autoglass brand Belron has launched a 12 week, £200,000 global technology accelerator programme in partnership with L Marks.

Running from May to July 2016, Drive has been designed to fast track the growth of five “innovative” start-ups that will improve Autoglass’ customer service, productivity and efficiency and engagement with field employees.

As well as access to investment from its £200,000 fund, the five successful start-ups will be granted desk space at the glass repair firm’s Egham office, and will receive mentoring from the company’s senior leadership.

What’s more, the businesses will have the opportunity to trial their product in five countries around the word including America, Canada, France, Germany and Spain.

At the end of the programme, one start-up will be chosen as the overall winner and receive an additional £100,000 in follow on funding.

Nick Burton, head of digital and innovative technology at Belron, said: “Our team is looking forward to learning how entrepreneurs think and approach problem solving, which will challenge us to think and act differently.

“And by giving these start-ups unparalleled access to our brands around the world, along with education and investment support, we can help them accelerate their businesses too.”

Stuart Marks, chairman of L Marks, continued:

“We are excited to be working with Belron on this project to help them innovate their business and improve their already excellent customer service.”

To find out more and apply, click here.

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