As the official innovation partner for Lab by Transport for Wales, we have headed up the national rail company’s accelerator programme since its inception.
Each cohort consisted of twelve weeks of tailored support and mentoring to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) culminating in a ‘Demo Day’ event where participants would pitch to a panel of experts from across the rail industry.
Cohort four, in 2022, marked the first in-person ‘Demo Day’ since the Covid pandemic and was an opportunity for winners of previous cohorts, including Briteyellow, PassageWay (Cohort one winners), Spatial Cortex (Cohort two winner), and RoboK (Cohort three winner) to receive their awards too.
Cohort four concentrated on the theme of ‘improving rail users’ experiences’ and was won by Cufflink, an innovative start-up that makes businesses more secure and compliant by distributing their personal and sensitive data and licensing its access.
Speaking about the success of the programme, TfW’s Insight and Innovation Manager, Michael Davies, said: “The success of previous cohorts gave us high hopes for Cohort 4 and the companies have certainly delivered, including winner, Cufflink. The ideas we’ve seen from every cohort has demonstrated that a focus on nurturing talent can deliver practical solutions, leading to an improved customer experience.
“We were delighted to also be able to welcome back some of our previous participants, particularly our previous winners, allowing them to present to TfW colleagues and leaders from across the tech industry.”