Irish founded start-up Wayleadr is one of five companies to be accepted into the Sodexo UK and Ireland Accelerators programme in partnership with innovation specialist L Marks.
Wayleadr, the solo Irish company to make the cut, will now take part in a 10-week programme to road-test its proposition as part of Sodexo’s aim to collaborate with start-ups in developing innovative new solutions in the areas of smart buildings, employee experience and sustainability. The software as a service start-up reimagines the last mile of commuter journeys by connecting smart buildings with smart vehicles, saving time, rightsizing real estate spend and curbing carbon emissions.
Over 400 start-ups applied to the progamme launched in January 2022 and Wayleadr was one of 21 selected to pitch their business propositions to Sodexo at live events in London and Dublin.
The 21 start-ups pitched their innovations (virtually and in-person) to an audience of Sodexo senior leaders, operational teams as well as the organisation’s experts in areas such as sustainability, employee engagement, marketing, supply chain as well as market consultants.
In order to ensure solutions relevant to its operations were among the finalists, Sodexo opened up the pitches to its colleagues around the business by live-streaming the events and enabling colleagues to have a say through an app-based voting platform.
The other finalists are:
The five finalists will now work with Sodexo teams on a ten-week programme that will enable them to test, refine and adapt their business propositions in a live operational environment. They will be mentored and supported by Sodexo’s subject matter experts, and work within the transformational mindset of the company’s Vital Spaces workplace value proposition.
Julie Ennis, CEO Sodexo Corporate Services, UK & Ireland said: “We were delighted with the quality and volume of applications we received for the programme. The pitch days were very exciting and action-packed.
“Technology enabled several the start-ups to pitch remotely and by live streaming the event we were able to invite colleagues from across our business, not just in the UK and Ireland, but from around the world to watch the pitches and be involved in the selection process via the voting platform.
“The feedback and votes from both days helped us decided on the final five and we look forward to the finding out how these get on during the next stage of the programme, which will test their solutions in our live operations.”
Sodexo’s Accelerators innovation programme has already launched in China, Brazil, India, France and Sweden. For the UK and Ireland programme Sodexo has partnered with L Marks - an innovation specialist with experience of running over 70 programmes with some of the world's leading companies.
Through its extensive global network and rigorous scouting methods L Marks was able to uncover the most promising early and growth stage companies that are operating in food services and facilities management and supported Sodexo in the final selection.