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A ThoughtWorks Ventures Programme

The Investing in Innovation Programme is a bespoke accelerator for start-ups and established brands alike. We help individual companies to successfully accelerate innovation, as well as ensuring connectivity to a much wider ecosystem.

The Race to Innovation

We've seen significant growth in technology start-ups entering a crowded market in 2016. According to the Centre for Entrepreneurs, the total number of new start-ups launched in the UK alone, has grown by 50% between 2011 and 2016. Whilst the number of Start-ups launching continues to accelerate each year, the survival rates are still low. In the tech sector alone, 92% of startups fail before hitting 3 years.

On the other end of the spectrum, we've seen enterprises struggle to innovate and bring new ideas to market, while trying to digitally transform their business.

Accelerate Success

ThoughtWorks is experienced in helping both start-ups and enterprises accelerate innovation and bring new products to market fast. We’ve designed three engagement options to help you wherever you are on your journey:


Got a prototype but need to bring it to life? We offer everything from business and product strategy, building out the product, networking opportunities, office space and funding options, depending on your unique needs.


Move beyond one-day hackathons. Go to market in a scalable, cost-effective way in weeks, not months.


Being strategically positioned between start-ups and enterprises, we focus on increasing connectivity between these ecosystems through custom partner accelerators.

The Path to a Successful Exit

We partnered with Silent Herdsman to develop an IoT powered, neck-mounted cow monitoring system that helps producers accurately predict their milk production for each year. The collars contain a wireless sensor which transmits data about the cow’s health and the amount of milk they are producing back to the base station in the farm. The data helps farmers identify any sick cows as early as possible, and ensure their herd is healthy in order to maximise the amount of milk being produced. In 2016, Silent Herdsman was acquired by Afimilk and is currently used by hundreds of dairy farms throughout Europe.

Intelligent Mobility Challenge:

Seeking startups to lead a transport revolution

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Partner logos

ThoughtWorks is a proud sponsor of the Intelligent Mobility Accelerator, a partnership between Transport Systems Catapult and Wayra UK. It is designed to attract disruptive start-ups with high-growth potential into the UK transport supply chain, while helping them grow into world-leading companies. The programme will support two cohorts of six companies a year, based in Milton Keynes.

Wayra and ThoughtWorks transport accelerator
Wayra and ThoughtWorks transport accelerator

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The Investing in Innovation programme is brought to you by ThoughtWorks Ventures.