Marking its 50th anniversary year, Capgemini announced the ‘go live’ of its InnovatorsRace50 on 10 January, 2017. It is a worldwide competition for early-stage startups to showcase the potential of their products, services or innovative uses of technology to disrupt businesses and organisations.
This special edition of the Innovators Race celebrates the spirit of innovative entrepreneurship by offering the five winning startups an opportunity to secure business backing of equity-free funding to the tune of $50,000 USD. In addition, they will benefit from extensive networking opportunities, participation in international tech events, access to industry experts, and the opportunity to become a Capgemini partner.
Entries for participatioon in the global competition are open till 28 February. 50 startups will be chosen across five categories (ten from each), to go forward to personal meetings with a panel of experts, who will nominate two finalists in each of the following categories:
• Govtech and social enterprises
• Fintech and mobility
• Consumers and well-being
• Digital processes and transformation
• Data and security
The ten finalists will then get the opportunity to meet with tech and industry experts in person, in five of Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Exchanges (AIEs), in April and May. The five locations are London, San Francisco, Munich, Mumbai and Paris.
During this time, they will experience an immersive and transformative environment for further exploration, discovery, testing and application of their innovation. They will also benefit from access to an extensive network of experts to help them work on their proposals and prepare their final submission.
“Digital disruption is redefining all industries and innovation is its lifeblood,” says Lanny Cohen, group chief technology officer and member of the Group Executive Committee at Capgemini. “We look forward to an exciting special birthday edition of the Innovators Race this year, and to welcoming the finalists into our AIEs to help them refine their offers. I wish all participants the best of luck!”
Viewers will be able to follow Capgemini’s complete InnovatorsRace50 series online, throughout September and October.