Published: March 18, 2016 | Hong Kong
Infiniti announced the “Infiniti Accelerator 2.0”-a 12-week startup development program that builds upon the successful completion of the first such program at the end of 2015. The “Infiniti Accelerator 2.0” will continue the previous theme of smart cities but focus particularly on connectivity technologies as part of the solutions for future intelligent urban mobility.
Developed in partnership with Nest, a Hong Kong-based investment company, the accelerator program is now open for applications . Startup companies from around the world can apply now at Infiniti-hklab.com. and the deadline for submissions is April 25, 2016.Through the application process, eight startups will be selected to receive support from Infiniti and Nest– which includes mentorship by specialists in the areas of vehicle connectivity, smart cities, hardware, manufacturing, transportation, technology and entrepreneurship. At the end of the 12-week program, they will have the opportunity to pitch their business for funding and partnership at an exclusive Investor Demo Day.
The first Infiniti Accelerator program, which started in September 2015, attracted more than 140 applications and was successfully completed in December last year. Eight startup companies received training, support and mentoring from the program that empowered them to accelerate their business development. At the end of the 12 weeks, more than 170 potential investors attended the Demo Day at the Infiniti LAB where the entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to secure partnerships and funding.
After the successful pilot in Hong Kong, and a similar initiative in the Middle East, Infiniti also plans to expand the Accelerator program and other entrepreneurial initiatives to other cities and regions.