VC collaborates with national research institute to run its own accelerator
A specialised investment firm has partnered a research institute to create an accelerator – for companies whose business is centred on the creation of data and the application of data science.
Winton Labs is a startup accelerator for data science companies, run by the venture division of Winton, a data-technology global investment firm. Winton has a long history of successfully applying data science to disrupt the world of investing, and wants to support companies that have the same data centric view of the world.
The Alan Turing Institute as the national centre for data science sees part of its role as nurturing the next generation of data science leaders and entrepreneurs, and offered technical advice built on their own academic and industry experience and connections in the field.
London is, reportedly, home to world-class academics, start-ups, data scientists and innovators and a hotbed of innovation on such topics as algorithms, big data and artificial intelligence. The programme provided a great opportunity for collaboration to help entrepreneurs build new, value-generating companies able to compete on a global scale.
Managed by Winton Ventures, the 3 month programme took place in the Lab’s co-working space at Winton’s London HQ, and drew mentors and expert advisers from Winton’s internal experts, the Alan Turing Institute, academic partners, and a broad external network.
The five early stage start-ups won their place on the accelerator programme from over 100 applicants and have now had an opportunity to pitch to funders for future investments.
John Whatmore, April 2017