The Emirates Stadium

The Emirates Stadium

Arsenal innovation lab opens for business

The football club is looking for innovative start-ups to join its Innovation Lab to help identify new technologies to drive the club forward.

The Arsenal Innovation Lab looks to work with start-ups from across the UK to identify ground-breaking new fan experiences and help move the club’s business forward.

It will enable the club to work with entrepreneurial businesses to explore the following areas:

  • Improving matchday experience
  • Engaging fans globally
  • Transforming commercial partners’ offering
  • Building a retail operation for the future
  • Wildcard – an opportunity to come forward with ideas, whatever their focus, to help take the club forward

Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal’s chief commercial officer, said: “We know there are many brilliant start-up companies with creative and innovative ideas and we are looking forward to working with them.

“The club has always placed a big emphasis on being pioneering and innovative and we plan to continue this by working with smart-thinking businesses to help us identify ground-breaking ideas to take us forwards.”

Applications are now open for the Innovation Lab’s 10-week programme which will be run in collaboration with corporate innovation specialist L Marks.

Successful candidates will be mentored by senior business leaders from the club, have the opportunity to test and demonstrate products or services in live environments, as well as the potential for investment.

L Marks chairman Stuart Marks added: “Community and innovation are at the heart of Arsenal’s history and values, and so it’s incredibly exciting for L Marks to be supporting the club to accelerate their collaborations with start-ups and tech talent.

“Though based in London, Arsenal has global support which presents amazing opportunities for new businesses working on digital fan engagement and other relevant solutions to work with the club.”

Applications close at midnight, Thursday 12 October 2017.