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Drive. Our startup accelerator, designed to fast-track disruptive young businesses looking for global expansion.

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Drive with Belron was designed to find startups with disruptive solutions who could help us improve operations and discover new ways of working. We understand that innovative collaboration is crucial for continued development, which is why Drive with Belron is back for its third year.

Spanning across 6 continents and with over 26,000 employees, Drive provides startups with the opportunity to trial their solution in a global market.

Each team involved in the programme will be partnered with one of our participating countries (last year’s countries included Spain, France, Germany and US) with whom they will get an unparalleled opportunity to trial their products and solutions.

As well as this opportunity to validate their business in international markets, participating startups will have access to desk space at our offices in Egham, UK and receive dedicated mentoring from our senior leadership. We want to create long lasting partnerships, which is why we, and our investment partner L Marks, will ensure potential investment is available for participating companies.

Belron looks after around 15 million consumers each year in over 30 countries on six continents with a focus on service quality generating a very high level of customer satisfaction.

We make a difference by solving people’s problems with real care. We are the worldwide leaders in vehicle glass repair and replacement. We are the parent company behind 16 well-known brands across the globe, including Autoglass® in the UK, Carglass®, in Europe, SpeedyGlass® and Lebeau®, in Canada, and Safelite® in the US. In addition, we manage vehicle glass and other insurance claims on behalf of insurance customers. We are also expanding our services to focus on solving problems for people who need assistance with repairs to their vehicles and homes.

We are a truly global business, serving more than 15 million consumers in over 30 countries and generating over €3.3 billion in annual revenue. We are deeply committed to delivering the best service to our customers and partners, as shown by our group net promoter score (NPS) of 83%. We run our startup accelerator, Drive, to work with small businesses that can supercharge the service we provide, and bring new ways of improving our business.

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Belron is a big business that values working with lots of other young companies. If you have a product or service and want to see how it works in the real world, we can really help you test, refine and improve it.

Nick Burton Chief Information and Digital Officer

Mentoring from Belron & Entrepreneurs

Trial your product globally in one of our businesses

£200,000 investment fund

Sponsored visits to international operations

Dedicated desk space in our UK office

Access to a range of benefits and startup perks

Drive is looking for early stage and growth companies who would like to work with us. If you are developing an exciting new product or service in one of the following areas, we want to hear from you!

1. Disrupt our ways of working using Artificial Intelligence

We are looking for innovative applications of AI to help us improve the way we work - whether it's an idea to improve the way we interact with our customers and partners, to generate insights using data to better understand what happened and why, or to predict what could happen, to support us in making autonomous real-time decisions, or to use image data to help us diagnose damage or support our field technicians better.

2. Transform the vehicle body damage market

We are looking for ideas and solutions that can help us transform the motorist and insurer experience when solving a vehicle body damage problem or improve our internal processes and ways of working when completing a body damage repair.

3. Making our customer journey even better

Our aim is to solve our customer's problems with real care, so we'd like to be challenged with ideas that make our end to end customer journey personal, seamless and as easy as possible; from the first contact with us, to solving their problem and getting feedback on how we did.

4. Make working life easier for our people

Belron has over 13,000 technicians working in our branches and on the road delivering mobile service. We have hundreds of people working in our warehouses and supply chain, thousands working in our call centres, and thousands of support staff who take care of all the things we need to do so that our people can deliver a great experience for our customers.

5. Surprise us!

We are looking for ideas, products or services that could leverage our strengths in vehicle glass repair and replacement, while disrupting the solution to other types of everyday problems that people have.

We anticipate another great cohort and will ensure we help startups develop their business while bringing new ideas and innovation to Belron.

Stuart Marks Chairman, L Marks
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Craig Watt

Digital Development Manager - Customer Operations

I’m extremely excited to hear from start-ups who can help us use the power of artificial intelligence to transform our customers experience, make life easier for our people and create efficiencies for our business. In return, I’ll be helping you build relationships with key Belron stakeholders around the world and helping you get the most of your limited on the Drive program.

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Nicolas Lenoir

Head of Customer Projects

After having been very successful within the Vehicle Glass Repair and Replacement (VGRR) over many years, we have started a new journey in another market segment: the Automotive Damage Repair and Replacement (ADRR). I am looking for innovative ideas and solutions to transform this market. As this is a very new service for us, we are exploring with a very open mind!

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Stephen Payne

Customer Journey Team Manager

I am looking for any startup that can help us convert even more enquiries into appointments so we can continue to smash the records we keep setting! My team and I work closely with our Business Units and are keen to provide real 'hands on' support with the right startups to go on this journey together.

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Peter Rohrs

Head of Customer and Operations

We have thousands of people taking care of all the things needed to deliver a great experience for our customers. I’m looking for great ideas and solutions that can make it easier for people. With my 15 years of Belron experience, I hope to bring my knowledge of and connections with the business to help you and Belron get the most from your Drive with Belron experience.

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Guillaume Dalbiez

Digital Innovation and Architecture Manager

This year we want to hear about amazing projects from the startups, without constraints! The way we interact with each other and solve problems in our work is constantly evolving thanks to technological and organisational innovations, therefore it is crucial to be open and listen to as many ideas as possible. I help our businesses around the world understand and adopt innovative solutions, enabled by modern technology. I'm looking forward to leveraging my experience and relationships to enable truly innovative solutions find a place in Belron.

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Nick Burton

Chief Information and Digital Officer

I help Belron navigate technological change so we can really make a difference. I'm looking forward to seeing great examples of new ways of interacting with customers and colleagues, and truly innovative approaches to using data.

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Applications open: Tuesday 5th December 2017
4 Feb

Applications Close

Applications are open from 5th December 2017 to 4th February 2018.

12 Mar

Pitch Day

Pitch Day is your startup’s chance to Pitch to Belron's senior leadership from all over the world to win a place on the programme. You’ll have the chance to explain why you want to work with Belron and convince the panel that you’re right for the programme.

30 Apr

Programme Start

Collaboration with Belron starts here. During this time, we’ll set key objectives for what you want to achieve and have access to mentorship from senior leaders and external experts to help you get the most out of the programme.

10 Jul

Demo Day

Demo Day is where you’ll show us what your business has achieved over the 10 weeks and present your proposal for future engagement with Belron.

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L Marks are innovation specialists and early stage investors. We work with some of the UK’s best known brands, including John Lewis, BMW and EDF Energy to identify the challenges in their business, and create bespoke partnership and scouting projects to turn these into opportunities for improvement and innovation.

Founded in 2012 by serial entrepreneur Stuart Marks, L Marks aims to build bridges between corporates seeking to innovate and young companies with disruptive tech.