A dedicated rail innovation programme has launched in Newport aimed at developing some of the best new start ups around.
‘Lab by Transport for Wales (TfWL)’ is a 12-week Innovation Accelerator Programme, aimed to showcase the best and most innovative start-ups in Wales.
TfW's programme will help up-scale and accelerate tech start-ups and have them pitch ready within 12-weeks. This will be achieved through a series of innovation sprint, product design and value proposition workshops, along with mentoring and additional training.
At the end of the 12-week programme, applicants will pitch their business solutions to Transport for Wales Rail decision makers. Successful candidates will be awarded a contract of work, and their solution will be subsequently launched across the Transport for Wales Rail network.
Head of Customer Experience Barry Lloyd said:
“We're passionate about working with new start ups, inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators to help them be the best they can be and to make a real difference to our railway.
“So if you have an idea, a design or a product that could be adapted to benefit the railway then we want to hear from you.
“This is Wales' first and only innovation rail programme so we are at a really exciting time in our industry as we hope to make Wales a true centre for rail excellence.”
Either software or hardware, if it’s innovative and has the potential to positively impact Transport for Wales Rail and their passengers, we’d love to hear from you.
Cohort 1 of TfWL launches in November. Subsequently, we are currently looking for hungry, creative and innovative tech start-ups to apply. As part of the programme you’ll be able to enjoy working from our recently introduced innovation lab in Newport.
Our location will provide you and your team everything you need to help develop and accelerate your business. The lab is kitted out with industry leading technology, working areas and collab spaces, giving your team the perfect working environment.
For more information about our Accelerator Programme, it’s benefits and clarification of what is involved, please check out this page.
Recruitment is open now, and you have until October 28th to apply. This is a great opportunity to accelerate and grow your business, in addition to receiving an introduction into the exciting, multi-billion-pound rail industry.
You can apply direct via the F6s portal: https://www.f6s.com/tfwlab/apply