Innovation Challenges from L Marks

Innovation Challenges from L Marks

Do you know a startup that can solve some of the latest innovation challenges?

L Marks works with partners across every sector; in the past month alone, we’ve launched four programmes focusing on betting & gaming, energy, sports and automative.

We’d love for any relevant startups in your community to get the chance to access these opportunities and we’ve added our latest briefs below for you to forward on and share via the appropriate channels.

The L Marks team are always available to chat through any questions, interested startups can simply email to set up a call.

Introducing BMW Innovation Lab 2018

BMW Group UK has launched the BMW Innovation Lab 2018. The new programme builds upon the success of the inaugural Lab in 2016, which saw four out of five incubated startups succeed in building ongoing relationships with the company’s UK commercial operations.

The BMW Innovation Lab entrepreneur programme provides an opportunity for early-stage start-up companies to partner with BMW Group’s UK commercial divisions.

Who can apply?

 The programme is aimed at companies with disruptive business models or new technologies that could benefit BMW customers. Businesses can enter any of four categories:

  • Seamless Customer Experience – how startup technology can add value to both the online and in-person retail process.
  • Enhancing Business Processes – automating existing operations.
  • Access versus Ownership – exploring new business models to give existing and new target customer groups greater access to mobility solutions.
  • RegTech Wildcard – new solutions focused around the affordability, compliance and regulatory environments.

What’s on offer for startups

Run in partnership with L Marks, a corporate innovation specialist and investment fund, the entrepreneur programme will see successful startups selected to join a structured 10-week course of activities. Participants will have access to mentorship from the BMW Group’s UK leadership team, a collaborative working environment at the company’s UK HQ, access to vehicles and other resources, a business education programme with links to a network of industry experts, and access to investors and fundraising support from L Marks.

How to apply?

Applications from startups and early stage growth businesses to participate in the BMW Innovation Lab 2018 must be submitted through the website by 16 October 2017. For more information please visit:

Introducing SBG CoLab

Market leader Sky Betting & Gaming has launched it’s first SB&G CoLab programme. With over 1.6 million customers, SB&G want to tackle key business and customer challenges by building relationships with small businesses, with the potential to develop longer term commercial partnerships.

The 11-week programme will be run in collaboration with corporate innovation specialist L Marks and successful candidates will be mentored by senior Sky Betting and Gaming business leaders and get access to test and demonstrate their product/service in live customer environments.

SB&G and L Marks will also provide potential investment opportunities.

Five entry categories:

  • Responsible Gambling
  • Identifying and Resolving Customer Issues
  • Future Tech
  • Trading Opportunities
  • Wildcard

Applications close on Sunday 15th October 2017

Arsenal Innovation Lab

Arsenal FC is one of the leading clubs in world football with a strong heritage of success, progressive thinking and financial stability. They are looking to work with startups that can help support a compelling and seamless matchday experience, deepen the engagement of global fans, transform their commercial partner offer and help build a retail operation for the future. Deadline to apply, 12th October.


  • Improving match day experience
  • Engaging fans globally
  • Transforming commercial partners’ offering
  • Building a retail operation for the future
  • Wildcard

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