Winton and L Marks hunt for 10 start-ups to join data accelerator programme

Entrepreneurs invited to apply for 10-week programme that will nurture firms working on client relationship and data management

Global investment management business Winton and tech investor L Marks have today announced the launch of their first data-focused accelerator programme.

The Winton Labs accelerator will support the growth and development of 10 start-ups from across client relationship management (CRM), data management and visualisation, compliance and governance.

During the 10-week programme, the start-ups will receive mentoring and training, legal counsel, and advice on accounting and marketing from Winton executives and industry experts in science, technology and analytics.

Although Winton won’t take equity from the finalists, all firms will participate in a demo day at the end of the programme with the chance to receive funding and to partner with Winton.

Applications for Winton Labs are open from 28 January to 21 February. Start-ups of all stages are invited to pitch their ideas on 22 March with the shortlisted companies announced on 25 March.

Owen McCormack, director of Winton Ventures, commented: “The challenge with having a great idea for many entrepreneurs is taking it from concept to product or from an initial product to a thriving and scalable business.

“Our accelerator programme aims to match these innovators with the industry players that have had years of experience and to connect these promising enterprises to the real marketplace.”

Stuart Marks, chairman of L Marks, added: “Winton is offering a fantastic opportunity for start-ups in data and analytics to really immerse themselves within a leading global investment company.

“Not only are they offering free office space in a great central location within a buzzing, entrepreneurial environment, but there will be a structured programme of workshops, seminars and mentoring to help them develop their business.”

For more information, and to apply for a place, click here.

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