Build the Future of Events with Sodexo Live!

Sodexo Live!, leading hospitality partner to the world’s most iconic venues, is looking to revolutionize the sports and entertainment industry. With more than 200 partner sites across North America, the company – an entity of Sodexo solely focused on this space – has its finger on the pulse of the latest innovative solutions that help ensure the best possible experience for fans and guests alike. As a startup originally founded by Pierre Bellon in 1966, the entrepreneurial mindset has always been part of Sodexo’s DNA. Today, Sodexo spans 80+ countries, partnering with over 100 startups across the world. Will you be next?

Build the Future of Events with Sodexo Live!

Sodexo Live!, leading hospitality partner to the world’s most iconic venues, is looking to revolutionize the sports and entertainment industry. With more than 200 partner sites across North America, the company – an entity of Sodexo solely focused on this space – has its finger on the pulse of the latest innovative solutions that help ensure the best possible experience for fans and guests alike. As a startup originally founded by Pierre Bellon in 1966, the entrepreneurial mindset has always been part of Sodexo’s DNA. Today, Sodexo spans 80+ countries, partnering with over 100 startups across the world. Will you be next?

Are you ready to scale-up with Sodexo Live! Accelerator?

Sodexo Live! is looking to startups across the world to collaborate and make innovation thrive. To date, Sodexo more broadly has launched 13 programs across four regions (France, China, Brazil and Sweden), most recently completing a successful accelerator program in the UK and Ireland with partner L Marks. The Sodexo Live! Accelerator will be the first program of its kind in North America. 

The Sodexo Live! Accelerator provides the opportunity to test your future-facing solution at some of the world’s most exciting sports venues, aquariums, museums, conference centers, and more. If your pitch is successful, you will receive mentoring from senior executives, gain insights from subject matter experts, and there’s the potential for a scaled commercial relationship, too. 

Find out more below, or head straight to our application portal.

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Here's what we're looking for:

Sodexo Live! delivers amazing live experiences in remarkable venues. We are looking for innovative solutions to be ahead of new trends within the industry—to propel and reimagine the business through improved efficiency and quality, providing an industry-leading, world class experience for guests. This means we have many opportunities to work together:

Service Excellence

We're proud to serve millions of guests each year. At the heart of every great event is great employees, and we're looking for solutions to ensure every part of our staffing efforts deliver first-class service and exceed expectations. If you have a solution that can help attract the best talent, provide consistent training, and retain incredible talent, we want to hear from you.

Guest and Fan Experience

Sodexo Live! brings people together for magical live experiences and we seek to provide our guests with a tailored approach to events. We're looking for new ways to empower our partners to provide the next-gen event experience in the VR, AR, or metaverse spaces, as well as new ways to eliminate friction from key touchpoints, venue entry and point-of-sale, and sustainability practices.

Operational Optimization

We're fast-paced, fast-growing and always interested in optimizing how we work. We're seeking innovative ways to improve cross-venue interoperability, better utilization of public and transactional data and the development of predictive analytics to continuously improve the guest experience. We're also seeking ways to optimize the use of our spaces on days without events to drive new opportunity.

Wildcard

Sodexo Live! has the pleasure of working in multiple sectors of the live entertainment industry. Do you have an out-of-the-box solution to help us deliver a better experience to our clients and guests? We’d love to hear from you.

How does the Accelerator work?

If you are ready to scale your product or service with a company of Sodexo Live!’s vast reach, and you have considered our focus areas above, please apply through our portal. Once you have submitted your details, we will work with our partners, L Marks, to review your responses and see if you’re an ideal fit for the program. L Marks may be in touch to gather further details and can answer any questions you have before your details are submitted to the program committee for review.

Applications close on September 12, 2022. Selected applications will be invited to pitch their innovative solutions to Sodexo Live! on October 12th.

Successful start-ups and scale-ups will then be offered the chance to work with mentors over a ten-week period to trial and fine-tune their solutions in a live environment.

 

Why accelerate with Sodexo Live!?

Sodexo Live! Accelerator is designed to help you develop your solution, starting with deciding on a specific use case, receiving essential guidance from your mentors, and demonstrating the value of your solution to Sodexo Live! Each startup’s experience within the program will be unique - we tailor the mentoring and education programs to meet your specific business needs.

 

The program has four stages: application, pitch, program, and demo. This gives you the opportunity to reach Sodexo Live!’s elite client base and learn from our decades of experience in our market sectors. Ultimately, we want to build a relationship based on trust and, if our collaboration throughout the program is successful, we hope that you’ll see us as the first port of call when you need feedback on your new products.

About our program partner, 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.

Our global experience

We collaborate with start-ups all over the world. Using our years of knowledge and wide-ranging market experience, we can help start-ups to pilot and scale their ideas on the highest level. Find out more about our worldwide innovation experience.

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