• SHANGHAI RETAIL ACCELERATOR

    The first Chinese accelerator building the future of retail with retailers and startups.

  • THE

    PURPOSE

    STAY RELEVANT. MOVE FAST. REDUCE RISK/COST. CAPTURE NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

    The world is changing rapidly, stable industries are being disrupted every day. Retail is no exception. The power has shifted to the consumers; they decide how, when and what they purchase.

     

    Built upon years of experience in bringing innovations to market successfully, XNode, HighTechXL and Shops of the Future are combining forces to help shape the future of retail.

     

    Retail X tackles the number one issue in retail today: how to stay relevant and continuously innovate in a world where delivering outstanding customer experiences is the key to success.

  • THE

    BENEFITS

    INNOVATE & SOLVE BUSINESS CHALLENGES BY COLLABORATING WITH RELEVANT STARTUPS, ON A FAST PACE.

    Retail X is an open innovation program designed to help leading retail brands scout, select and accelerate world class startups from over 100 countries. Retail X delivers tangible innovation outcomes:

     

    • A tailored list of startups, based on retailers specific needs,
    • Pilots to prove or disprove the innovation viability in a real retail environment. 3 months of intensive acceleration.
    • A bankable business case for future collaboration or investment.
    • The opportunity to track, identify and leverage emerging technologies for scale.
  • TIMELINE

    1

    June 1, 2018

    Corporate partners

    application open

    2

    Sept 7, 2018

    Application

    deadline

    3

    Sept 17, 2018

    Program

    kick-off

    4

    2 Months

    Scouting for startups

    and technology

    5

    3 Months

    Business acceleration

    program

    6

    March, 2019

    Demo day

  • 5 MONTHS

    PROGRAM DETAILS

    1.

    Scouting for relevant startups and technology

    We will scout and select the 10 best startups in the Chinese ecosystem. We will work with our international partner Agorize, to reach overseas startups.

    2.

    3 months of intense acceleration workshops

    Comprehensive content on lean methodologies and collaboration, with a strong angle on retail, powered by Shops of the Future.

    Different facilitators and experts to deliver the content.

    3.

    1on1 mentoring sessions

    Dedicated mentoring session with senior Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) and seasoned retail experts. Daily guidance from acceleration managers.

    4.

    Dedicated space at XNode

    A complete immersion in our innovation ecosystem. At JingAn, HongAQiao or Pudong, in XNode's flagship spaces.

    5.

    The

    Demo day

    The celebration day, where all stakeholders gather to witness startups concret achievements.

  • TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED

    Non exhaustive list

    Consumer driven supply chain

    Smart 

    stores

    Data &

    analytics

    Customer engagement & personalization

    Omnichannel experience

  • WHO WOULD JOIN? WHAT CONDITIONS?

    Find us all over the world!

    WHO WOULD JOIN?

    • Leading Retail Brands in China that are looking to solve a key business issue where traditional solutions fall short.
    • Retail brands that wish to gain a sustained competitive advantage by truly steering for Return on Innovation.
    • Leaders within the Chinese retail ecosystem who are looking to reinvent themselves, innovate with impact and pursue short term ROI.
    • Managers who are willing to drive innovation & transformation within the organization.

    WHAT CONDITIONS?

    • Non-competing Retailers can work side-by-side with startups to co-create solutions and invent the future of retail.
    • Application deadline September 7th, 2018.
    • 5 corporates maximum to join per batch, 10 Startups max.
    • Corporation who are looking for tangible impact from the program and willing to commit and engage consistently with startups.
  • ABOUT THE

    PARTNERS

    Shops of the Future has always been on the cutting edge of retail innovation in China. Detecting key trends in the industry, and solving issues with emerging technologies, before they become mainstream.

    Based on a 14-year delivery of technology innovation, Shops of the Future is able to:

    • Analyze current Retail issues and identify root causes;
    • Assess the viability of a technology solution on the Chinese market and identify needs for localization of foreign start-ups;
    • Provide Retail specialist Entrepreneurs in Residence and Acceleration Managers plus access to a local network of retail start-ups

    XNode powered by HighTechXL has delivered over 300 corporate innovation projects over the last few years delivering real results for clients in China and abroad. With our state-of-the-art and proven acceleration methodology and vast global and Chinese networks, we deliver:

    • A full support structure to accelerate real corporate-startup collaboration;
    • Tested and proven application of Lean Startup, Customer Development and Rapid Prototyping methodologies;
    • Support from a best-in-class network of Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • THEY'RE TRUSTING US

    We've accelerated their startup engagement

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