The quirky business incubator is immediately recognisable as it’s based on a double-decker bus and this new 12-week programme comes after IncuBus’ retail-centric project at Camden Market, which took place during the summer.At the time, Real Business interviewed IncuBus co-founder Rishi Chowdhury, who said: “We decided to do a retail-focused incubator to play on strength of Camden Market. There’s a lot of grassroot retail stuff in the market and there’s been more development locally with malls, cinemas and retail outlets.” He added there was a mission to help transform the North London town into a startup hub, while the portability of the bus makes it ideal when the incubator needs to travel for events and activities. With PwC, however, IncuBus has turned its attention to the “Future of Work” and the pair are seeking digital startups that are developing solutions in cyber security, AI and smart offices. The new 12-week programme is designed in recognition of the changing workplace with developments such as co-working spaces like Second Home, and in anticipation that more changes are yet to come. Interestingly, the launch follows the highly publicised TalkTalk hacking scandal and also that of dating site for cheaters, which will have been a wake-up call for many of the UK’s businesses to secure their data. Smart offices, meanwhile, will revolve around solutions such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and how those developments can reduce costs and aid a healthy working experience. Elsewhere, AI projects will be observed to determine what the truly practical applications of using the tech are.
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