Infiniti and Nest has announced its second “Infiniti Accelerator”, a 12-week startup development programme, and is now open for applications from around the world.
This second edition of the Infiniti Accelerator builds upon the successful completion of the first such programme 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.
The Infiniti Accelerator is part of Infiniti’s commitment to encourage innovators, embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and support urban development. 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.
They will also have access to resources at Infiniti and Nest. At the end of the 12-week programme, they will have the opportunity to pitch their business for funding and partnership at an exclusive investor demo day.
After the successful pilot in Hong Kong and a similar initiative in the Middle East, Infiniti also plans to expand the Accelerator programme and other entrepreneurial initiatives to other cities and regions.
“The Infiniti Accelerator is a key part of Infiniti’s initiative to promote entrepreneurial spirit in the community,” said Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti Motor Company.
“With the initial success of the first programme in Hong Kong last year, we plan to expand this initiative to other cities around the world later this year, including Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai .We expect to see more forward-thinking solutions that will further enhance the quality of people’s lives and empower the drivers through vehicle connectivity technologies.”
Nest CEO Simon Squibb commented: “We are extremely proud of the eight startups that came through our first ‘Accelerator’ in Hong Kong. Through a best-in-class curriculum, direct access to inspirational mentors and introductions to investors, these companies have all capitalised on the opportunities available to them during the programme. The success of the first cohort is validation that accelerators continue to add huge value to entrepreneurs and startups and we are excited to be scaling with Infiniti to offer these programmes in a number of new regions around the world."