Start-up firms interested in breaking into the rail sector have only two weeks remaining to apply for a unique accelerator programme organised by rail operator London Midland (LM) in collaboration with 383 Project.
The LM Labs Accelerator programme aims to improve customer experience by providing a collaborative space where LM and innovative tech start-ups can diagnose customer problems and create new products and services in response. The first Lab took place earlier this year and LM are currently calling for submissions from startup firms in the accessibility, mobile working and productivity, passenger communication, parking, and the retail and vending industries. The closing date for submissions is 14 July.
Those firms accepted on to the ten-week programme will collaborate with LM executives based at the Serendip Smart City Incubator at Innovation Birmingham Campus, as well as benefiting from onsite facilities including a device testing lab. Participants will also meet key stakeholders in the Rail industry to provide quick product validation, access to customers and potential partnerships.
Of the first ten startups to successfully complete the programme earlier this year, seven have gone on to develop paid-for pilots of their technology with London Midland.
David Gornall, head of marketing and innovation at London Midland, said: “This is a fantastic and unique opportunity for startups looking to break into the rail sector to learn from us and for us to learn from them - all for the benefit of passengers.”
Participants on the LM Labs Accelerator programme also receive the support of 383 Project, an award-winning digital experience studio that has worked with clients including Hilton Worldwide, Jaguar Land Rover and British Gas.