The programme kicked off on 17 April with an insightful week in the Belron International office at Milton Park where startups met with a number of people from the business.
Dave Meller, Group Support Services Director, started by offering startups an introduction to Belron, our origins, values, and how we are responding to challenges. Startups also had the chance to familiarise and align their ideas for the programme with our purpose.
Throughout the three induction days, startups also met with Robert Sterke, Eric Duarte, Herve Silvy-Leligois, Peter Rohrs, Ben Naylor, and Nick Burton.
During the induction week startups also held an open lunch session with Belron International people where they presented their solutions and ideas.
The startups also had a chat with Siim from Drive 2016’s winners, Sorry as a Service. He shared his experience and gave some invaluable tips on how to make the most out of the 10-week programme.
Meeting business units
The second week of the programme saw some of the startups visiting the business units they’re partnered with. For most, this was the first opportunity to meet the local teams and define the use cases they will develop throughout the programme.
We caught up with ThriveMap who shared their experience so far:
#DriveWithBelron – ThriveMap on the road
As part of the Belron Drive programme, ThriveMap went to a (not so) sunny Barcelona to see how we could adapt our product for Carglass® Spain, and spent 3 amazing days with the team. Here’s what happened, how we found the experience and more importantly what we ate. 🙂
Day 1- Getting a plan together
Excited to meet the team that we had been emailing for the past week, Day 1 couldn’t come soon enough.
What proved to be the last sun we would see for the week, business continued as normal on the plane (and the runway) on Tuesday afternoon.
Look out for more updates coming soon as we follow the journeys of our 2017 Drive with Belron programme.