Oh how time flies!
Back in late 2014/early 2015, Jaguar Land Rover was investigating how to work with startups in order to advance innovation within the organization as well as the automotive industry as a whole. Fast forward to the opening of the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator in 2016…
… and the beginning of something that’s been truly fantastic.
It’s hard to believe that was a year ago, but it was. And wow, what an amazing year it’s been. We’ve learned, we’ve flourished, we’ve shined. We’ve gotten stronger, we’ve gotten better, and, well, we feel like there’s really no stopping us now!
As we celebrate our accomplishments and highlights during “Year One,” we thought we’d take a moment to share a view into what it’s looked for those of us here on the inside:
In our first year we’ve consumed 5,040 cups of coffee, hosted 24 “Family Dinners,” eaten 168 donuts, gone on 16 team building outings, and even taken part in a paintball adventure!
We’ve grown our Incubator staff from one person to a team of six men and women who bring knowledge, expertise, and a whole lot of laughter and excitement to our office daily.
We’ve welcomed 12 startups with 35 team members total, working on products and technologies from in-vehicle voice assistants, to state-of-the-art drones, to devices that monitor the health of your car, to programs that help consumers recoup transportation costs.
We’ve seen our startups become leaders in developing Smart City programs, partner with Nike, Reach Now, and Lyft, make appearances on Fox Business, and garner major investor interest.
We’ve had over 150 mentors around the globe offer expertise to our startups over 300 times through workshops, fireside chats, and participation in internal events.
We’ve built a program Jaguar Land Rover can be proud of.
Even more importantly, though, we’ve built a program we, the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator team, are proud of.
As we look ahead at the next nine years, the future looks grand. From continuing to partner with exciting startups, to developing relationships with inspiring mentors, to building alliances with esteemed investors, we see endless opportunities to continue making our program even stronger and more valuable for startups.
Further, we’re keyed up about the possibilities for our program to help advance innovation for Jaguar Land Rover. From delving deeper into technologies like computing, connectivity, and conversational UI, as well as expanding further into the fields of autonomous vehicles, smart interfaces, and mapping, the opportunities for us to impact the future of automotive, mobility, and connected car are boundless.
Basically, what it comes down to is that our first year has been one heck of an amazing ride – and we can’t wait to go again, and again, and again. We hope you’ll stay right here with us!
– Danielle, Blake, Andrew, Madeline, Tami, and Harry – aka The Jaguar Land Rover Incubator Team