Shopping centre giant intu is on the hunt for retail innovators

Inside Manchester’s The Trafford Centre.

Shopping centre giant intu is on the hunt for exciting start-up businesses to work with as part of its new innovation programme.

The intu Accelerate incubation programme aims to develop young businesses with innovative ideas that will help shape the next big thing for the retail and leisure market.

During the 10 week programme, start-ups will be fully immersed in intu, receiving mentorship from senior leadership, as well as experts from across the business and tech worlds.

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Those selected will be given the opportunity to pilot and test their products whilst enjoying access to central London office space and potential investment.

intu chief executive David Fischel said: “Our business is moving at pace and, to help us answer many of the questions that face us and our industry, we’re looking for the smartest minds out there and the best talent we can find. We’re looking for businesses to work together with us to help achieve our purpose of making our customers smile and helping our retailers flourish.

“We have a history of spotting and introducing new ideas to the UK and through intu Accelerate we want to add a new level of drive and dynamism to the evolution of our shopping centre business, whether physical or digital. We’re also hoping to identify start-ups for potential investment which in turn will help us deliver a healthy return.”

intu is the owner of some of the largest shopping centres in the UK, including the Trafford Centre in Manchester, Lakeside in Essex and MetroCentre in Gateshead.

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