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John Lewis picks five start-ups for its business accelerator

Sam Shead | May 28, 2014
John Lewis has narrowed down the 163 start-ups that applied to be part of its JLAB business accelerator to five finalists.

JLAB will officially open on 9 June.

THE FINAL FIVE

Localz

Headed up by co-founders Tim Andrew, Pete Williams and Melvin Artemas, Localz is an in-store digital engagement system which uses proximity and iBeacon technology. Currently, retailers don't know when their best online shoppers arrive at a real life store. Localz is designed to let retailers know they have arrived as they walk through the door.

A demo video with further information on Localz can be viewed here.

Musaic

Musaic is a wireless sound system designed to integrate fully with today's smart home. Founders Matthew Bramble, Simon Grabowski and Carolyn Van Dongen have created a wireless hi-fi system that can stream music from any platform to multiple rooms in a house.

A demo video with further information on Musaic can be viewed here.

SpaceDesigned

SpaceDesigned, from co-founders Nicholas and Diane Shaw, is an online app which allows consumers to accurately create and view virtual 3D versions of rooms in their house. They can then add potential new furniture purchases and see how they might fit in.

A demo video with further information on SpaceDesigned can be viewed here.

Tap2Connect

Tap2Connect, from founder Steve Cooke, is an after-sales service that uses smart labels to increase customer engagement. Smart labels enable consumers and retailers to track a product's lifecycle and make on-going service or repairs easier to handle.

A demo video with further information on Tap2Connect can be viewed here.

Viewsy

Viewsy, founded by Odera Ume-Ezeoke, is an in-store digital engagement system designed to help retailers better understand their customers. In-store sensors track customers' behaviour as they move through the store, allowing retailers to better understand them and to offer them more personalised and efficient services.

 

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