Intu incubator scheme to return for 2018

12th March 2018

Shopping centre company Intu is repeating its Intu Accelerate scheme, which seeks to identify and incubate entrepreneurial start-ups in the retail sector.

Last year’s programme saw robots trialled in Intu centres, and tests of chat-bots and queue-jumping apps. This year the eight week programme will immersive successful applicants in Intu’s business, providing mentorship from senior managers and external experts. Participating start-ups will be able to test their products in Intu centres, and the group’s central London office space.

“Retail is one of the most dynamic industries in the UK, and we are continually looking to work hand-in-hand with some of the best talent out there, bursting with creative ideas, to find new approaches to improve our offer to customers and retailers,” says Intu chief executive David Fischel. “I’m very excited to see what this year’s applicants will bring to the table. We’re also hoping to identify start-ups for potential investment which in turn will help us deliver a healthy return.”

The programme is to focus on five topics: Capturing physical audiences digitally; using technology to create events with a difference; virtual shopping assistants; categorising product data; and Wildcard entries, an open category for ideas that fall into none of the above categories.