We are the world’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service provider. 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.
We are a truly global business, serving over 10 million customers across 34 countries and generating over €2.4 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 80%. We have set up our first ever startup accelerator, Drive, to work with small businesses that can supercharge the service we provide, and bring new ways of improving our business.
Drive is our 12-week startup accelerator running from May to July 2016, designed to fast track the growth of startups that can improve our operations. Each team involved in the programme will be partnered with one of our participating countries – US, Canada, Spain, France and Germany – 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 companies will have access to desk space at our offices in Egham, UK and receive dedicated mentoring from our senior leadership. We (together with our investment partner L Marks) will make available a fund of £200,000 from which to invest in participating companies.
The chance to trial your product in a ready-made international market.
Access to expert mentoring from Belron senior leadership as well as experienced entrepreneurs.
Dedicated office space at Belron’s UK offices.
Sponsored visits to Belron’s international operations in; USA, Canada, Spain, France or Germany.
Access to investment from a pot of £200,000.
Ticket to the “Best of Belron” event in Lisbon in May.
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!
Improving Service and the Customer Experience: exciting innovations that can help us to supercharge our customer service, to make it really easy for customers to engage with us throughout their service experience.
Improving Productivity and Efficiency: ideas that can help us increase the productivity of our people, particularly our technicians or contact centre agents, or can allow us to deliver better service for our customers in a more efficient way.
We believe in creating an enjoyable and memorable experience our customers love and trust. We’re interested in all startups that can help us achieve this aim, in one or more of the categories described. Your startup needn’t be at the very beginning of its journey. Maybe you have a product already, maybe you even have paying customers. If you feel that your startup could benefit from working with us then we’d love to receive your application.
27th March 2016.
We ask you for information about you, your idea, your team and your company. Don’t hold back, let us know how great you are!
You must be at least 18 years old to enter Drive.
Of course! The best innovations can come from anywhere. Bear in mind that you may need a visa to participate in the programme.
We believe we are different. Besides the usual trimmings (access to funding, top-notch education programme, great location, exposure to industry leaders and investors) Drive is offering all entrants the chance to:
- trial your product/solution in a ready-made international market with one of Belron’s international markets
- take part in sponsored trips to your partner country, as well as the Best of Belron Event in May
- mentorship from Belron insiders to help you improve and refine your product.
- mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs to push you to new heights.
- dedicated office space in Egham
- the chance to secure funding from Belron and L Marks
- the chance to secure a contract with Belron.
The programme has 4 stages:
1. Apply 2. Pitch 3. Programme 4. Demo. See our timeline for more info.
Drive will run from 16th May- 29th July 2016.
Drive will be hosted at Belron’s UK offices in Egham, Surrey.
Mentors will include senior technologists and management from Belron, and business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors from a range of leading international businesses.
Drive’s itinerary is designed to help you create game-changing products for the vehicle glass repair and replacement market. You’ll be working in short sprints to rapidly develop your product, receiving essential guidance on key decisions in real time from your mentors. Aside from this core focus, you’ll also attend enlightening talks and workshops from a plethora of exceptional visitors.
We’ve got a great team on hand to help you organise any accommodation you might need.
L Marks are an investor and innovation partner who run corporate accelerator programmes that bring together the corporate and startup worlds. L Marks help corporates to harness the disruption coming from the startup world to innovate and future‐proof their business, as well as helping startups get the funding, mentoring and the validation they need to grow their business. L Marks are partners in JLAB with John Lewis, WHLabs with William Hill and Last Mile Labs with DPD.