We are excited to announce the launch of the Innovation Lab, a new initiative designed to help us identify startup businesses to develop a collaborative working relationship with. The programme is being run in partnership with L Marks, a corporate innovation specialist.
Our Innovation Lab is part of a group-wide initiative to promote disruptive behaviours within the organisation, embrace new digital methods that will future-proof the business, and ultimately enhance Customer experiences. The business ‘accelerator’ programme will operate alongside other internal innovation initiatives to give our teams exposure to entrepreneurial thinking and diverse new products.
The Innovation Lab will invite successful startups to demonstrate and validate their business ideas with us over the course of a 10-week collaborative innovation programme.
The programme will provide a number of valuable opportunities for startups, including:
We have outlined a few key business areas where we would like to foster innovation, comprising:
David Cowans, Group Chief Executive of Places for People said: “Places for People has always championed innovation internally, but we haven’t tapped into the disruptive potential of the wider marketplace until now.
“As one of the largest placemaking organisations in the UK, the opportunity for us to identify, pilot and implement new technology is huge. Through the Innovation Lab, startup businesses across the country will have access to a unique array of resources.
“We look forward to collaborating with fellow disruptors, accessing ideas and technology which will help us continue to lead the way in building and managing high quality homes and communities.”
Daniel Saunders, Chief Executive of L Marks, said: “The launch of Places for People Innovation Lab underpins its core vision to build places that work now and in the future. Through collaboration with startups in the Lab, we will be able to identify the latest technologies and ideas that will not only reimagine the physical space itself, but also create environments that deliver social outcomes for all. The intersection of innovation and sustainability are of key importance for L Marks and we are excited to be working with Places for People on this important initiative.”
Applications are open until 23:59:59 on Monday 22 April 2019. For more information about the programme, please visit placesforpeople.co.uk/innovationlab