BBC Worldwide Labs


What is it?

BBC Worldwide's Labs is a comprehensive six month programme for emerging digital media companies in the UK. Labs aims to help selected start-ups gain traction and scale by working closely with them with the objective of helping them strike a commercial partnership with BBC Worldwide. We don't take equity but rather focus on promoting innovation through mentorship and access to the varied resources of BBC Worldwide.

Labs participants are given the chance to work in close contact with experts at BBC Worldwide across all divisions: from technology and content to marketing, sales, advertising and legal. In addition, participants have access to prime office space in the Media Centre in White City, technical resources, monthly mentoring sessions and networking events - all comprising the rich BBC Worldwide ecosystem.

Labs is aimed at helping a select group of companies grow and scale on a global basis, by offering a more tailored and collaborative approach. Our goal is to strategically and commercially partner with and support the most innovative up-and-coming digital media companies that are helping to define the emerging digital landscape.

Who should apply?

Labs is looking for early-stage digital companies focused on the intersection of technology and media, based in the UK but with global reach. We are interested in companies at the point of commercialisation whereby a partnership with BBC Worldwide can help catapult them to the next level of success.

Participating companies will have a strong mix of talent, an innovative technology with a clear commercial application, and an ambitious growth strategy for the coming year.

We welcome a broad range of companies from: web applications, gaming, virtual worlds, mobile, advertising technologies, advanced video applications, connected TV, community and collaborative software and CRM, to name a few.

Will BBC Worldwide Labs invest in the start-ups?

BBC Worldwide invests time, mentors and office space into the selected Labs companies with the aim of creating commercial partnerships. Labs is not an investment fund and will not invest cash nor take an equity stake. Participating in Labs does not guarantee a commercial contract. However, our main point of differentiation amongst the various incubators and accelerators already out there is the increased ability to partner with BBC Worldwide.

How do I apply to the programme?

Submissions for the second Labs program are now open until April 4th. . Companies who wish to be considered for the programme are asked to submit an application for review by the Advisory Board.

Download the application.

A limited number of selected companies will be asked in for one-on-one interviews with Advisory Board members and the final companies will be announced later this Spring.

Labs selected companies will begin the programme and move into the Media Centre in White City this June.

Who selects the companies?

Labs has an Advisory Board comprised of three internal and three external experts that will provide guidance for the programme, portfolio selection and programme curriculum.

For more information, please visit the Labs site and view the FAQ.

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