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Sodexo Corporate Services, US Launches Innovation Lab with L Marks for Pharmaceutical Partner

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (March 25, 2024) – Sodexo has partnered with a global pharmaceutical client to launch a new Innovation Lab alongside innovation specialists L Marks. This lab reflects Sodexo’s ongoing commitment to innovation — to date, Sodexo has launched 17 innovation labs across 7 regions, having partnered with L Marks for five programs within the UK & Ireland and North America.

This Innovation Lab is targeting startups that align with two primary focus areas:

Workplace Experience – Sodexo is committed to exploring innovative solutions beyond the industry norm to offer our clients. As we continue to navigate evolving workplace dynamics, we are interested in novel ways of creating a physical office experience that offers elevated levels of customization and ease of access. We are interested in solutions that can help us better understand and provide for client employees within our managed sites, including personalization, ergonomic equipment, on-site rentals, and predictive software. We also know that wellness within the work day is extremely important and aim to optimize our offerings by further utilizing existing spaces – creating a culture of health and a deeper workplace community.

Safety & Risk Assessment – Our pharmaceutical clients perform groundbreaking work within laboratories across the globe. Sodexo is committed to improving the safety of this important work. As such, we are interested in solutions that can digitize risk assessment processes while maintaining a high safety standard. We are particularly interested in predictive risk assessment models, including those that can identify potential risk within laboratory and office environments. We are also looking for solutions that integrate EHS dashboards and can serve as a central repository for open EHS tickets, providing detailed action tracking for risk mitigation, as well as solutions that help with safety communication and signage.

Additionally, the Accelerator welcomes entries into a “Wildcard” category for any applicants that believe their startup can be transformative for Sodexo’s operations.

Applications for the Innovation Lab are now open, and startups have until April 22 2024 to apply.

Select applicants will be invited to pitch their solutions to Sodexo and partner leadership in late May. Successful pitches will undergo additional review to pilot at the pharma partner site.

Learn more and Apply Here

We are thrilled to continue our successful partnership with Sodexo in the US with the launch of this Innovation Lab. Sodexo’s continued commitment to driving innovation throughout their business and their dedication to providing value to their customers is second to none. We are delighted to see this Lab build upon the previous successful programs Sodexo and L Marks have run together and are excited to see how it can act as a springboard for further successes in the future.

Jake Pincombe, Interim COO, L Marks

About Sodexo

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 45 countries. Sodexo specializes in sustainable food service and valued experiences, in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam, at every moment in life: learn, work, heal and play. Additionally, the company indirectly supports additional jobs through its annual purchases of goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo North America is committed to meeting the challenges of everyday life with a dual goal: to improve the quality of life of our employees and those we serve, and contribute to the economic, social and environmental progress in the communities where we operate. Our purpose is to create a better everyday for everyone to build a better life for all.

About L Marks

L Marks is a leading global innovation specialist which has created over 90 programs with its partners in Europe, Asia, and North America. Founded in 2014 with an established presence in the UK and the US, L Marks has developed and delivered results-driven corporate innovation solutions, trusted by world-leading brands including BMW, Lloyd’s of London, and Arsenal FC. Through their award-winning Innovation Labs, L Marks’ partners have worked with over 400 startups with a successful deployment rate of over 70%. The L Marks New Ventures unit supports its clients to create and develop new revenue-generating businesses through its Venture Studio, and transform their corporate culture within their Intra-Lab.