Hong Kong: Infiniti and Nest, announced that the second “Infiniti Accelerator,” a 12-week startup development program, 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 program 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.
- Second generation of successful support program for entrepreneurs
- Startup companies from around the world can apply now at Infiniti-hklab.com before 10th May 2017
- Program based at the Infiniti LAB in Hong Kong
- Expanding the program globally to other regions and cities
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 program, 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 program and other entrepreneurial initiatives to other cities and regions.
The first Infiniti Accelerator program, which started in September 2015, attracted more than 140 applications and was successfully completed in December last year. Eight startup companies received training, support and mentoring from the program that empowered them to accelerate their business development. At the end of the 12 weeks, more than 170 potential investors attended the Demo Day at the Infiniti LAB where the entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to secure partnerships and funding.
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.
Founded in 2010, Nest® is Hong Kong’s only private, full service startup ecosystem. Through the pillars of marketing, strategy, funding and network, Nest® supports startups on their path to success, enabling them to scale rapidly. In addition to providing capital, Nest® prepares startups for growth, further fundraising, as well as new market expansion. With an eye for the truly disruptive, Nest® is actively involved in all of its companies and drives them to reach their full potential, consequently fostering the startup ecosystem locally and developing Hong Kong as a global entrepreneurial hub.