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Recent News & Updates

18 Jul 2018

Our Best of Belron experience

This year’s Drive startups were invited to exhibit at the Best of Belron. The startups not only got to soak up the ‘Spirit of Belron’ and showcase their technology with employees across the Belron brands, they also had the chance to network with our external partners across the automotive industry. Here’s what our startups had to say about their experience...

12 Jul 2018

Blog post: Thinking outside the box

When Soft Edge, a Polish tech startup applied to our Drive programme with an App for assessing hail damage, we knew it had potential. But first we had to test it. How do you test a product for hail when hail falls infrequently across Europe? You either sit patiently and wait for the hail to come or you find a way to overcome it as Craig Watt, Head of Customer Insight at Belron and Drive mentor explains.

Renee Cacchillo, Safelite®’s Senior Vice President for Customer, Brand & Technology
4 Jul 2018

Blog post: Driven by innovation

Safelite® is partnered with RightIndem, an insurance claims platform, as part of this year’s Drive accelerator programme. We spoke to Renee Cacchillo, Safelite®’s Senior Vice President for Customer, Brand & Technology, to discover how RightIndem and Safelite® are working together on an eFNOL solution, and why innovation is so important to her.

18 May 2018

Blog post: Building a culture around innovation and creativity

In the first of our blog posts, Nick Burton, Drive Mentor and Belron's Chief Information and Digital Officer discusses how our startup accelerator programme is helping to encourage inquisitive thinking in Belron's people and, as a result, is shifting the business to value curiosity as a behaviour.

9 Apr 2018

Four startups selected to join Drive with Belron 2018

Following a tense and exciting pitch day, we’re thrilled to invite four startups to team up with us in this year’s Drive with Belron Programme. They will be helping us to think differently and trial innovative solutions to Belron’s market challenges.

7 Mar 2018

Drive with Belron Pitch Day is Friday

On Friday 9 March, 18 startups will join us at Milton Park to pitch for their chance to win a place on this year’s accelerator programme.

14 Feb 2018

Record number of startups apply for Drive with Belron 2018

We're delighted to have received 87 applications for our third Drive with Belron programme. The applications come from startups from the UK, Europe, US, Canada, Ghana, South Korea and India. Applications will now be reviewed and 20 startups will be invited to Pitch Day on 9 March.

1 Feb 2018

Additional benefits and perks available for Drive with Belron 2018 startups

This year, there's more on offer than ever before. Read on to find out more.

31 Jan 2018

Application deadline for 2018 programme is fast approaching

As the deadline for applications for our Drive with Belron 2018 approaches, we take a glimpse at what some of our 2017 cohort have been up to.

5 Dec 2017

Drive with Belron 2018 launches for applications

Drive with Belron has opened for applications for its third programme. We're looking for startups that can improve our operations and trial their products and ideas with a global organisation. Applications for the programme need to be in by 4 February 2018.

18 Sep 2017

Belron invest in third Drive startup

Following our previous announcement, we're delighted to announce we will be investing in another Drive with Belron 2017 startup - Blitzz.

image of Drive with Belron 2017 cohort
1 Aug 2017

Two startups secure Drive with Belron 2017 investment

After a successful demo day at the end of June, we’re delighted to announce ThriveMap and Locpin have secured investment from Belron and L Marks. Discussions are underway with all startups to continue their pilots with us with commercial agreements in place.

26 Jun 2017

Drive with Belron demo day is here

Talking Circles, ThriveMap, ThanksBox, Locpin and Blitzz have spent the last 10-weeks working with France, Spain, Germany and the US respectively, immersing themselves in their operations and trialing their products. Today, they will share their insights and experiences in a bid to secure investment and a future relationship with Belron.

16 Jun 2017

ThanksBox and the lead up to Demo Day

With just over a week until demo day, the startups are collating their results and preparing their presentations. In this update, Luke from ThanksBox shares some of his thoughts and experiences working on the Drive programme.

12 Jun 2017

Talking with Talking Circles

There are just a few weeks left in the programme. The startups are busy working on their pilots in the business units and preparing their findings for demo day which takes place on Monday 26 June. In this update, Dimple from Talking Circles shares her Drive experience to date, and Rama from Blitzz shares a few more pictures.

25 May 2017

The halfway point

We're halfway through the programme! Find out more about the mid-programme review session and what the teams from Blitzz and Locpin have been up to. 

9 May 2017

The teams begin their Drive with Belron

The startups have had a busy couple of weeks since the Drive with Belron programme began. Read on to find out more about their journey so far.

8 May 2017

Belron International scoops second place in UK Best Workplaces™ list 2017

Belron International achieved an outstanding second place in the Medium category (organisations with 50 – 499 employees) in the annual UK Best Workplaces™ list announced on 3 May.

Drive with Belron pitch day
18 Apr 2017

Five startups to take a Drive with Belron

We’re delighted to announce that after successful pitches on the Drive with Belron pitch day on Friday 17 March, we will be working with UK-based startups: Talking Circles, ThanksBox, ThriveMap®, Locpin and US-based startup, Blitzz.

9 Mar 2017

Not just a chance to win £200,000 investment….

There’s just over one week to go until Pitch Day and we’re looking forward to meeting the startups who will be pitching for a place on the Drive with Belron accelerator. In addition to a chance to win investment of up to £200,000, there are lots of benefits and perks on offer. Read on to find out more.

Drive timeline
2 Mar 2017

When over 70 startups became 25…

The competition is now on! Over 70 applications for Drive with Belron have been reviewed and 25 startups have been invited to Pitch Day on Friday 17 March for a chance to win a place on our startup accelerator programme.

20 Jan 2017

Microsoft offers Drive participants opportunity for Azure credit

28 Nov 2016

Belron seeks startup partnership through new global accelerator

23 Nov 2016

The story of Drive with Belron 2016

We take a look back at our first year of Drive with Belron and how it all started.

5 Sep 2016

Sorry As A Service Wins Drive!

Belron® will invest £50,000 in personalised customer relationship startup – Sorry as a Service – the first startup investment from its global startup accelerator. Innovation Partner, L Marks, will match the investment.

22 Jun 2016

Drive features in the Financial Times

In an article discussing the increase of UK based businesses taking part in incubators, the Financial Times mention how John Lewis and Belron, partnering with LMarks are providing funding and know-how to startups.

16 Jun 2016

Pitch Day Highlights

Watch this video to see the highlights from our Pitch Day in April.

6 Jun 2016

Meet the Drive 2016 Participants

Atta is an exciting startup from Spain, who will be working with the Speedyglass in Canada during Drive. Their gamification platform motivates, engages and empowers people to boost innovation and efficiency within businesses.

15 Feb 2016

Belron launches global startup accelerator

Belron is looking to find innovative startups to join 12-week programme.