We've been working with entrepreneur, Stuart Marks, and John Lewis on a new project called 'JLab' - a start-up concept designed to bring dynamic innovators together with one of the UK's most respected retailers. The project's ambition is to seek out ideas that will help to shape the future of retail - so they are particularly interested in ideas around in-store innovation and real-time data projects that will provide customers with a personalised service.
The prizes on offer are really impressive with five companies offered free digs at London's Level 39 incubator space and lots of time with mentors from the team at John Lewis and time with Stuart himself who has a particular passion for investing in companies who deal with 'big data'. One start-up will also be given a sizeable £100,000 investment in return for an equity stake in their company. They may even get to appear in this years John Lewis Christmas advert *this part may not be totally true*.
The site, built by mN, launched last Monday to a pretty impressive media fanfare and is open now for registration.