PwC launches the Future of Work Programme

09 November 2016

Transforming the workplace through scalable innovation

PwC, in collaboration with SwiftScale, this week launched the 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 takes 12 B2B start-ups with a proven product and will support their growth through a combination of executive mentoring, corporate introductions and a business development curriculum.

The programme aims to connect participants with decision makers and influencers within PwC and other large organisations, who can support their fast growing aspirations, with strategic advice and potential sales opportunities.

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

“Disruptive innovation in the workplace is creating new challenges and opportunities for business. Business models are evolving and new technologies and innovations are reshaping the world of work. By connecting our clients with start-ups at the forefront of emerging technology, we have the opportunity to help define the workplace of the future.”

Alex Sainty, co-founder of SwiftScale, added: 

"We are delighted to work with PwC to inspire and initiate effective collaboration between the very best enterprise start-ups and large corporates. I believe the Future of Work programme represents an incredible opportunity for scale ups to learn from senior executives who understand the mechanics of large companies, such as PwC - and are perfectly suited to accelerating engagement.”

The 12 start-ups leading the future of work and taking part in the programme 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. 

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.

FlatClub for business is helping 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.

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: 

“We truly believe that collaboration and partnership is at the heart of successful innovation and we are excited to support emerging talent on their growth journey, by connecting them with the world’s most progressive and influential brands.”

For full details on the programme, please click here.

If you would like to discuss the programme or find out about future cohorts please contact Jonathan.H.Hollis@uk.pwc.com

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