Link Big, a tool that turns Instagram into a social checkout, is among the technology firms selected to join John Lewis’s start-up accelerator programme, JLab.
Link Big joins home furnishings visualisation firm Digital Bridge, smart doorbell firm Ding Labs, customisable walking robot Robotical and smartphone and digitally enabled Wedding Planner on the 12-week programme, which John Lewis runs in association with innovation partner L Marks.
The firms were selected from more than 280 applications and pitched in front of a panel of judges.
Finalists will now spend 10 weeks in John Lewis’s head office and are eligible to receive up to £100,000 from John Lewis and L Marks.
“From programmable robotics to advanced visualisation, our finalists are locked into some of the most exciting growth areas in modern retail,” said Paul Coby, IT director at John Lewis.
“The next 12 weeks will be a great period of development for the finalists, as they rapidly hone their products under guidance from John Lewis mentors and industry experts. I can’t wait to see what the final outcome will be.”