Venturespring Ignite will launch its first six-week accelerator programme in the UK in September. No regular accelerator this, though, as the initiative will bring onboard start-ups and scale-ups and then match them to corporate partners depending on the specific needs of the latter.
It’s no mean challenge for big business either. “We work with corporates who are interested in disrupting themselves,” says Venturespring. “Venturespring Ignite is about empowerment. It's about providing access to resources that would otherwise be out of reach.”
The matchmaking will be deployed across a wide range of sectors, including the likes of healthtech, fintech, AI, VR, mobility and aerospace. The Venturespring selection panel is now looking for applicants with ‘the greatest potential to change the world’. Firms will be selected across factors such as originality, business model, team, design, potential for growth and engagement.
As well as corporate matchmaking, the Venturespring Ignite programme will provide investment, access to entrepreneurs with a proven track record, plus an invitation to a high-profile summit on Necker Island in February attended by Fortune 500 execs and top VCs.
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