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Frequently asked questions


What’s the deadline for applying?

13th October 2019 at 23:59.

What is the process for applying?

The first step is to complete an application on The Bridge, which you can find here. Once your application is submitted, L Marks will get back to you with more detail about the next steps.

What is The Bridge?

The Bridge is L Marks’ tool to manage your application and collect information on your business. This will determine your suitability for FK Accelerate. You will be directed there and asked to sign up when you apply.

We will take into account all information you provide as part of your application, and this will determine your invitation to Pitch Day. If you have any questions, please contact L Marks through The Bridge.

Who is L Marks? What is their role in FK Accelerate?

L Marks is a leading advisor in applied innovation and experienced investor in early-stage technologies. Led by Stuart Marks and Daniel Saunders, L Marks has created the UK’s largest network of corporate accelerators and launched over fifty innovation programs across Europe, Israel, Japan and the US. Their unique approach and methodology is building bridges between large organisations seeking to innovate and young companies looking to scale.

They work with some of the world’s best-known brands, including BMW, Lloyd’s of London, Arsenal FC, and British Airways to identify business challenges and transform them into opportunities for growth. The L Marks collaborative, results-driven programmes provide insight and access to startups whilst embedding their pioneering technologies into corporates to enhance operations, improve customer experience, and cultivate an entrepreneurial ethos across the business.

Through creating these relationships and experiences, L Marks is achieving rapid digital transformation across industry sectors and bringing about the future of business, today. Each programme is tailored to deliver real solutions to the corporate partners and create real opportunities for startups to test and grow their product with a major partner.

What information do I need to provide in my application?

We ask you for information about you, your idea, your team and your company. Don’t hold back – let us know how great you are!

What happens once I’ve applied?

Once you’ve submitted your details via the application form on L Marks’ Bridge platform, a member of our team will review your responses to confirm your suitability for the programme. Our partner L Marks may be in touch to gather further details and answer any questions you have before your details are submitted to the FK Accelerate mentors for review. Up to 15 teams will be invited to attend the FK Accelerate Pitch Day for a chance to pitch their business to the mentors.

I don’t live in the UK, can I apply?

Of course! Companies, entrepreneurs and startups from across the globe are encouraged to apply. Bear in mind that you may need a visa to participate in activities in the UK, and should be available for pitch day on 27th November 2019.

Is there a minimum age?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for FK Accelerate.

FK Accelerate

What type of products are you looking for?

We’re looking for products and services to help up innovate the building and construction sector, and optimise our internal processes. Take a look at our categories page for more details.

Who can participate?

Companies, entrepreneurs and startups from across the globe who are prepared to develop their products and services in collaboration with FK Group.

What are the benefits of taking part in FK Accelerate?

By taking part in FK Accelerate, you’ll have the opportunity to access:

  • Dedicated mentorship from FK Group’s senior management and subject matter experts to help you grow and develop your business.
  • Input, feedback and insight into your product or service from industry experts.
  • The opportunity to work on off site trials for FK Group, with the help of senior stakeholders.
  • Potential for live trials on some of FK Group’s projects.
  • A chance to develop your product or service at scale in partnership with a building-envelope contractor.
  • Possible ongoing working relationships with FK Group.

Where will the mentors come from?

If you’re successful at the FK Accelerate pitch day, you’ll have access to mentoring from FK Group’s senior management team. Find out more about the mentors here.