United Utilities launches Innovation Lab 2.0
North West water firm launches its second Innovation Lab to encourage new tech entrants into…Read more
L Marks are experts in applied corporate innovation programmes and early-stage investors. Through our collaboration programmes, corporates learn how to embrace disruption and startups win the support required to succeed. We bridge the gap between industry leaders and the innovators shaping their sectors. Working with the world’s best-known brands, we identify business challenges and create bespoke scouting projects and collaboration programmes to take them on. We see challenges as opportunities for improvement and innovation.
In 2017, we worked with Arsenal FC to launch the Arsenal Innovation Lab. Our first programme…Read more
In 2016, we partnered with BMW Financial Services in Farnborough to launch our first programme…Read more
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Our aim is to create better experiences for our supporters all around the world, from retail experiences to digital content. We are looking forward to taking this next step in the Arsenal Innovation Lab and developing these pioneering ideas to take the club forward.
Vinai Venkatesham, Managing Director, Arsenal FC
We’re excited about the possibilities new technologies offer; from geo-targeting data platforms to vehicle-sharing applications. The Lab is an opportunity for us to engage with startups and incorporate their proprietary technology into our own business, allowing us to cater for customer needs today while ensuring services are future-proofed for the customer of tomorrow.
Mike Dennett, CEO BMW Group Financial Services UK
The Lloyd’s Lab will contribute towards a more sustainable and competitive insurance market by providing a dynamic environment where startups can come in with different ways of thinking and fresh ideas.
Inga Beale, CEO, Lloyd's of London
We weren’t sure of what to expect from a corporate incubator, but the BMW Innovation Lab proved to be an incredibly valuable experience for us. It offers a symbiotic relationship, centered around both parties providing the next generation of innovative, efficient, and digital-first customer experiences. The benefits are not just restricted to time spent in the Lab. Through the strong working relationship, we have formed, we are now working with BMW to transform approaches to car insurance.
The single best thing about the JLAB experience was really getting to work absolutely in the heart of a large retail organisation like John Lewis and getting to know both the opportunities and the challenges really intimately, then being able to adapt our product fast in order to help solve those challenges and opportunities
Our experience of JLAB was amazing, we got to work with one of the leading retail brands within the UK, and understand how they operate
We were given very intimate access to key decision makers within IT...direct feedback, given to us day-to-day by those various roles at MDR completely affect how we approached the problems Now with the insight that we have from MDR and their IT department, we can tackle a lot of the issues that would come up very much later in talks
We don't want to be a bunch of programmers coming up with the solution and hoping its the right one. We want to work with companies like Wincanton who are doing this everyday, and can help us really direct our roadmap and and make sure that the features and functions we are building are the ones that the industry needs now
It’s been above expectations, the idea of working with a large corporate like BMW was a little bit daunting at first, but they've been extremely accessible, approachable, collaborative
Its been fantastic, the engagement from the executives and our sponsors from BMW, the ability for us to flesh out something specific - something that we could achieve in 10-weeks - has all come about by Sponsors that are engaged and added real value.
Founder and CEO, DOVU
By giving these startups unparalleled access to our brands around the world, along with education and investment support, we can help them accelerate their businesses. Our team is looking forward to learning how entrepreneurs think and approach problem solving, which will challenge us to think and act differently.
Nick Burton, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Belron
W2 has been a really fantastic experience for us - we've had such great exposure to the business model of such a great leadership and we've grown through that collaboration all the way through that process and we've had support at every step, not just from Wincanton but also from L Marks
The work with Blue Lab has been really fast, and really interesting, challenging at times - but what we've taken it from a very basic idea that had not very clear edges to it and honed it down to something very specific. They've helped with our understanding around the user interface, getting technical trials done and now doing work with their customers
We've loved it! We've found it absolutely fascinating, we've learnt a lot and come out of it with a much bigger commercial opportunity than we ever thought
It has given us a real deep understanding into a large corporate and the way things work - what the needs and wants are and to what areas our data could be applied, and to what areas our insights and technology can be applied
CEO and Co-Founder, Esplorio
L Marks has been amazing in helping us connect, not just with John Lewis, but also in the follow-on to expand our network in the UK and generally give us advice on what to do as a company.