PwC & SwiftScale Demo Day marks successful end to Future of Work programme

Published at 16:08 PM on 20 January 2017

Transforming the workplace through scalable innovation

PwC, in collaboration with SwiftScale, this week held a Demo Day to mark the end of the three month Future of Work programme; a unique initiative to identify and nurture fast-growth enterprise start-ups with the potential to transform the workplace through scalable innovation.

The 12 week programme took 12 B2B start-ups with a proven product and supported their growth through a combination of executive mentoring, corporate introductions and a business development curriculum.

The Demo Day, hosted by PwC at its Embankment Place office, saw the Winter ’16 Cohort pitch their progress and showcase their products to an audience of enterprise executives, investors, entrepreneurs and community influencers.

Over the 12 week programme, the start-ups have enjoyed masterclasses from sales and marketing experts, extensive corporate introductions and guidance from industry specialists at PwC, sponsors Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Sage along with a carefully curated group of executive mentors. As a result, the cohort have grown and accelerated their sales pipelines, developed business planning and received valuable corporate insights.

Nigel Howlett, UK private business innovation leader at PwC, said:

“The quality of the cohort is exceptionally high and it’s been enjoyable to work with them over the three months. It’s fantastic to see the opportunities PwC and SwiftScale have created for the scale-ups and larger organisations combined. We strongly believe in collaboration with small and large businesses to build innovative solutions and this programme showcases what can be achieved. By connecting our clients with scale-ups at the forefront of emerging technology, we have the ability to help define the working world of the future.”

Alex Sainty, co-founder of SwiftScale, added:

"I am intensely proud of this cohort and their many achievements; pipelines have expanded, pilots have been negotiated, contracts won, money raised and teams have grown. The success of the scale-ups is directly attributable to our strong partnership with PwC, which I believe exemplifies the impact of effective startup-corporate collaboration. “

The 12 scale-ups leading the future of work are:

action.ai is transforming the way people engage with businesses. Their patented and award-winning technology platform enables companies to launch smart Chatbots quickly and efficiently. action.ai is already engaging with some of the world’s leading companies.

Adepto helps companies find, engage and manage their own extended workforce networks. It also provides larger companies with access to use their platform for internal labour mobility.

Benivo (formerly FlatClub) helps corporates provide relocation support for their junior employees, at a rate 90% cheaper than the current market average. The company has 60 corporate clients, active in over 100 locations, and 70 employees in London and Armenia.

BulbThings is a smart asset management platform that helps companies take back control of their physical assets with a sleek, affordable app. Their solution automates administrative tasks and uses analytics and the Internet of Things for actionable insights to better manage assets in real-time, and make savings.

Emoquo is a cloud based digital coaching and people analytics solution for everyone at work. For employees, it’s a confidential coaching app to solve everyday problems and for organisations, it’s a real-time dashboard showing the emotional resilience of your workforce.

Money Mover is a fintech payments platform transforming the way small and medium-sized enterprises make international transfers. It does this by giving them the tools, transparency and pricing which until now, were only available to large corporates and institutions.

Motivii is a platform that helps managers and their teams save time, improve feedback and boost performance. From the individual to the enterprise, Motivii works with all businesses across every sector.

Peak are pioneering Data-Analytics-as-a-Service. They turn data into opportunities and help their clients grow revenues and profits through a fully outsourced, subscription based data analytics service that can be deployed quickly, delivering value immediately.

Privitar’s mission is to promote and facilitate the ethical and safe use of valuable data assets. The company works with the world’s largest organisations to drive the benefits from data through broader use, collaboration and monetisation without compromising on data privacy and security.

Sedicii has patented a Zero Knowledge Proof based technology that eliminates the exposure of sensitive personal data during an authentication or identity verification process, allowing the matching of identity datasets, without an exchange of the underlying identity data while making it fully compatible with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Talmix wants to become the world's marketplace for independent business talent. With a selection of over 27,000 profiles in 132 markets, their platform allows companies to identify, hire and manage the top 1% of independent consultants around the world on demand, to deliver specific projects or interim roles.

Valsight helps companies achieve their financial objectives. Their software simplifies the calculation of business cases and reduces the effort of simulating financial scenarios, empowering financial controllers to focus on forward-looking analyses that enable management to take the right strategic actions.

Nigel Howlett, UK private business innovation leader at PwC, concluded:

“Collaboration and partnership is at the heart of successful innovation and we look forward to launching many more of these programmes to support emerging talent and help them scale.”

As the Winter programme comes to an end, another is launched. PwC and SwiftScale have now opened Spring ’17 applications and are looking for the next batch of exceptional companies leading the Future of Work.

In addition, we look forward to extended collaboration with our alumni. PwC and SwiftScale will continue to drive the success of our graduating cohort through on-going mentoring and access to exclusive products and services from PwC and our partners.

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Note to editors

As part of the programme, PwC will also introduce participants to its existing Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) propositions, such as Startup Journey, My Taxpartner, Nifty and My Financepartner

For full details on the programme, please visit: http://www.pwc.co.uk/private-business-private-clients/growth-companies-programme/start-up-growth-programme.html or swiftscale.co

About SwiftScale

SwiftScale is the next step in corporate-startup collaboration. Through fixed-term, cohort based programmes, we take startups that are ready for market and introduce them to corporates that are ready for business.

Please see www.swiftscale.co for further details.


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