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Smart chatbots and crowdfunding gift tech firms join Asos accelerator programme

A smart chatbot firm, a crowdfunding gift-purchasing platform and a last-mile delivery company that delivers to people, not places, are the tech start-ups selected for a new accelerator programme from Asos and Wayra UK, part of telecommunications firm Telefónica.

The companies will receive access to services including mentoring, as well as office space within Wayra UK’s academy in central London.

Asos started working with Telefónica as mobile now accounts for some 51% of Asos’s sales and, through Wayra UK, the development team will work with Telefónica’s operating businesses to find product markets fit for the start-ups selected

Action.ai is building smart conversational interfaces, while Wishround provides an online gifting platform that is part of the checkout process, allowing users to crowdfund expensive gifts.

Xpreso, meanwhile, allows delivery companies to increase first-time delivery success rates by offering online shoppers dynamic tracking and accurate arrival times, as well as multiple redirection options.

“These start-ups are each on the cutting-edge of fashion tech, and I hope that as a result of this accelerator programme they will not only disrupt existing processes, but also help Asos in its mission to get the most exciting products to the consumer, in the most effective way,” said Asos chief information officer Cliff Cohen.

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