Sodexo accelerator seeks Irish tech start-ups shaking up the workplace

31 Jan 2022

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A new Sodexo accelerator in Ireland and the UK is offering mentorship for start-ups that have ideas on employee experience, smart buildings and sustainability.

Workplace services provider Sodexo is looking for Irish tech start-ups to join an accelerator programme that aims to improve experiences in the workplace.

Sodexo’s accelerator has three main categories focusing on employee experience, smart buildings and sustainability. The programme also has a wildcard entry option for start-ups that believe they have a unique innovation that will impress the judges.

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The facilities management company has partnered with innovation specialist company L Marks to run the programme and review responses from start-ups.

Sodexo has previously launched 13 accelerator programmes across France, China, India, Brazil and Sweden. This marks the first time its accelerators will be available in the UK and Ireland.

“I am excited to launch Sodexo Accelerators in Ireland,” Sodexo’s corporate service CEO in the UK and Ireland, Julie Ennis, said.

“The world has changed and the scope of our services has become richer and more varied … We are hugely excited to begin working with start-ups to further support our clients’ needs.”

Headshot of Julie Ennis, Sodexo’s corporate service CEO in the UK and Ireland.

Julie Ennis, Sodexo’s corporate service CEO in the UK and Ireland. Image: Sodexo

Start-ups that enter the accelerator will work with mentors and business leaders over a 10-week period to fine-tune their ideas in a live customer environment. There is also a potential for future investment according to Sodexo.

“Our accelerators represent our global initiative to strengthen ties with start-ups to fast-track innovation across Sodexo,” the company’s chief digital and innovation officer, Belen Moscoso del Prado, said.

“Entrants bring their latest solutions to our service offer, while we share our industry knowledge and expertise to aid their development. I am delighted to see the programme begin in the UK and Ireland, and I can’t wait to meet the applicants.”

The closing date for applications to the accelerator is 3 March, with an early pitch day scheduled at the start of April.

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Leigh Mc Gowran is a journalist with Silicon Republic

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