Sodexo USA Launches Accelerator Program with L Marks to Revolutionize Healthcare & Senior Living
Sodexo has partnered with innovation specialists L Marks to launch
the Sodexo Healthcare & Seniors Accelerator focused on
developing foodservice and customer experience innovations. The
selected applicants will work with Sodexo to see how their idea may
broadly apply to Sodexo’s thousands of clients in the healthcare
and senior living industries – the winners will work directly
with Sodexo to potentially implement their solution in the future.
To date, Sodexo has launched 15 accelerator programs across 7
regions; previously selected startups include VisioLab, a
frictionless, self-checkout solution; Gigl, a next-gen job app that
lets candidates apply to companies with a 60-second video; Thermal
Smart, an insulation solution to improve cold chain logistics
performance; and Nina Labs, which offers a premium self-service
experience with spirits bottles.
“As a global leader in health and care, Sodexo is excited about
developing innovations to further our commitment to improving
quality of life for patients, residents, staff and family,” said
Pietro Ferraro, Sodexo Healthcare and Seniors Global Head of
Strategy. “The U.S. is our largest market for health and care, and
we’re looking forward to this new endeavor, providing an
opportunity for small business owners, innovators, and
entrepreneurs to work with Sodexo to develop inventive solutions to
introduce to our business throughout the globe.”
The Sodexo Healthcare & Seniors Accelerator is
seeking startups that offer solutions that are tailored to one
of three key business goals:
- Employee Experience - We believe that the human connection
provided each day by our employees is critical to our success. We
are committed to exploring solutions beyond the industry norm to
improve both client and Sodexo employee experiences by providing
tools and platforms that enhance recruitment, training, retention,
and engagement. We are also interested in technologies to reduce
burnout, and tools to improve communication and collaboration.
- Patient & Resident Experience - At Sodexo Healthcare and
Seniors, it is our mission to elevate life's moments through
human-centered and data-powered care. We are passionate about
improving the overall quality of life for our patients and
residents, with a focus on their diet and nutrition, as well as
their physical and mental wellness. We are interested in tools that
treat those in our care with dignity and respect, improve their
emotional and physical health, build trust and confidence in
Sodexo, facilitate community socialization in person, and enhance
- Exceptional Foodservice - Food is at the heart of everything
we do; from preparing daily meals for our residents to catering for
medical professionals – we understand the importance of providing
delicious and nutritious food. We are seeking innovative solutions
to enhance our current offerings and deepen our understanding of
our customers' preferences and dietary needs, including innovative
menu and recipe building, clinical nutrition, and delivery
solutions that enhance convenience and safety.
Additionally, the Accelerator welcomes entries into a Wildcard
category, with a focus on solutions that help build efficiency
across the organization through AI and automation.
Applications for the Sodexo Healthcare & Seniors Accelerator
are now open, and startups have until June 19th, 2023 to apply.
Select applicants will be invited to pitch their solutions to
Sodexo Healthcare & Seniors management in late July. Successful
pitches will receive an invitation into the program, where they
will work with Sodexo and L Marks to hone their solutions and
execute a pilot over a ten-week period.
Interested startups can learn more and apply through the
Daniel Saunders, CEO, L Marks said: We are delighted
to announce the continuation of our successful partnership with
Sodexo, as we launch the Sodexo Healthcare & Seniors
Accelerator. This program will drive forward-thinking change
in the healthcare industry, ultimately improving the lives of
patients, residents, and healthcare professionals. Through
this accelerator program, we will identify and nurture the next
generation of healthcare innovators, supporting startups and
entrepreneurs as they develop impactful solutions for Sodexo.
About Sodexo Healthcare & Seniors Sodexo North America
is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence
in 53 countries. Sodexo specializes in sustainable food and valued
experiences at every moment in life: learn, work, heal and play.
The company employs 94,000 people at thousands of sites in all 50
U.S. states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam, and indirectly supports
more than 100,000 additional jobs through its annual purchases of
$20B in goods and services from small to large businesses.
Routinely recognized for the organization’s commitments to
sustainability as well as diversity, equity and inclusion, Sodexo
North America’s purpose is to create a better everyday for everyone
to build a better life for all.
About L Marks
L Marks is a leading global innovation specialist which has
created over 80 programs with its partners in Europe, Asia and
North America. Founded in 2014 with an established presence in the
UK and the US, L Marks has developed and delivered results-driven
corporate innovation solutions, trusted by world-leading brands
including BMW, Lloyd’s of London and Arsenal FC. Through their
award-winning Innovation Labs, L Marks’ partners have worked with
over 400 startups with a successful deployment rate of over 70%.
The L Marks New Ventures unit supports its clients to create and
develop new revenue-generating businesses through its Venture
Studio, and transform their corporate culture within their
Intra-Lab. To learn more, visit the L Marks website.
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