#FUTURELABS RELAUNCHES FOR 2021
SCALING THE NEXT GENERATION OF RAIL TRAVEL
FutureLabs is a virtual 10-week programme focused
on helping world-class innovators to test and scale their
technology with LNER.
Are you ready to pioneer the future with us?
As one of the UK’s leading providers of intercity travel, everything we do at LNER is geared towards delivering great experiences for our customers, our colleagues and our communities.
FutureLabs is where we co-create with world-class inventors to bring the future forward.
Building on the success of the first cohort, LNER FutureLabs is relaunching for 2021 and this year there’s an opportunity for everyone to be involved.
So if you’re a startup with a solution that fits one of our challenges, you'll have unparalleled access to our data, infrastructure and expertise to help you land and scale your solution across our network.
What makes us different
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Virtual 10-week programme
Dedicated 10-week programme with virtual delivery giving you the flexibility you need
Access to LNER insight
Access to relevant LNER customer, fleet and station insight to help you tailor your solution
Partnerships, not pilots
Our programme has been expertly designed to enable long-term partnerships at scale
Innovators who join the programme can apply for funding to support their proof of concept
Unparalleled access to LNER stakeholders and information to help you test and validate your solutions
Access to our network of key industry partners to validate product assumptions and find more opportunities to scale
Small cohort, dedicated sponsor
With a maximum of 6 startups joining the programme, you’ll have dedicated, direct 1-1 sponsorship from senior LNER employees
We treat every partnership individually and we don’t take equity or fees to take part in the programme
What we're looking for
We’re looking for solutions around the following three strategic themes:
Smarter ways of working
Improving the customer and colleague experience by collaborating with industry partners, such as Northern.
Finding ways to help our people to focus on their core purpose and expertise by speeding up the day to day tasks that take up time.
Whether it’s making the most of our assets or finding new ways to create value, how can we leverage opportunities to generate revenue.
What to expect
Over the 10-week FutureLabs programme, you will work alongside dedicated sponsors at LNER to run a joint proof-of-concept and explore opportunities to launch and scale your solution across our network. With access to live operational environments and dedicated funds to launch your pilot, this is a unique opportunity to drive the industry forward, scale your business and co-create the future of rail travel.
Weeks 1 – 3
Meet the LNER team and your cohort and map out how your solution will be tested
Weeks 4 – 6
Get hands-on with LNER data and immersed into passenger and operational environments
Weeks 7 – 10
Move into implementation mode to launch your solution and explore ways to scale
Present your solution in-person to to LNER and industry leaders, investors and media
Dates for the diary
Who should apply?
We want to help innovative companies take their business to the next level by scaling their technology across LNER. To make sure you get the most out of the programme, we do have certain requirements we expect participants to meet. Applications close on 1st May 2021.
Who should apply
Following a rigorous selection process, an exclusive group of 3-6 startups will have the opportunity to join FutureLabs.
We’re looking for startup, scale-up or inventors who bring solutions with the potential to transform LNER and the way we travel.
We’re open to innovations which are still in beta, right through to readily scalable technologies.
Our key criteria is that we’re looking for big ideas that meet our challenges and have the potential to transform the travel industry.
Attendance of a total of 10 virtual sessions is compulsory.
Minimum commitment of 30 hours (combination of sessions with the cohort and regular meetings with LNER sponsors).
Desire to establish a long-term commercial relationship with LNER (either as a customer, revenue share partner, or based on another model, once the solution has been tested and is ready to scale).
Virtual attendance at Demo Day on 15th September.
We have ambitious plans to change the face of train travel. We want to create a service everybody loves, that our people are proud to work for and helps the communities that we’re part of to flourish. We have completed the introduction of our new fleet of Azuma trains, delivering more seats, more space and above all, enhanced performance.
Together, we’re driving innovation and transforming rail travel. People, places and moving forward are top of our list. We embrace the communities that we operate in, welcome change and are determined to constantly improve everyone’s travel experience. We’re on a mission to bring rail travel up to speed and journey into the future.
Join us as we pioneer the next generation of rail travel.
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Who can I contact for more information?
If you have any questions about the LNER FutureLabs programme or your application please contact Programme Director Jessica Macias:- firstname.lastname@example.org