We are Wales’ leading rail innovation accelerator programme

Are you a tech-start up or entrepreneur with a product, service, or even just an idea that can help the rail industry?

If so – we can help accelerate your business.

How we help your start-up

We accelerate tech start-ups with our 12-week accelerator programme, in partnership with Transport for Wales Rail, by delivering innovation workshops, mentoring & training covering;

  • market research
  • customer insights
  • value proposition design
  • prototyping
  • validation
  • developing a minimal viable product
  • demo day

Why participate?

If you have a product or service that can benefit Transport for Wales Rail processes, or improve passenger experience, we’d love to hear from you.

Participants will collaborate with mentors across the innovation sector and Transport for Wales Rail. This expertise will help your start up refine and develop a product fit-for-purpose for the rail industry, and then make a pitch to decision makers from Transport for Wales Rail.

Successful pitches will be awarded a contract of work, to fund the remainder of the project and produce a product or service that has real world impact across Transport for Wales Rail.

Benefits of our programme

Mentoring from industry experts

You will be mentored throughout a 12-week programme from experts across the rail sector, as well as innovation, product design, marketing and development. Use these insights to refine your offering and develop the right skills to pitch your business to decision makers.

Collaboration with Transport for Wales & partners

You will have access to working, collaborating and networking with key personal and decision makers across Transport for Wales Rail. Get insights from real customers to help develop your solutions and feedback from experts across rail.

Business growth

Successful completion of our accelerator programme will lead to an opportunity to secure a contract of work with Transport for Wales Rail, allowing you to continue to develop and implement your solutions, whilst growing your business.

Innovative workspace

Base your business out of Wales’ leading transport innovation hub, Lab by Transport for Wales. With industry leading equipment, technology and collaboration and meeting spaces. Our innovation lab provides you the perfect work space to accelerate and grow your business.

Our partners

Why work in rail?

Be part of a multibillion-pound, growing industry, with a wealth of investment opportunities for innovative projects. Develop technology and innovative solutions that will improve the passenger experience for millions of people and make a real, lasting improvement across Wales.

Showcase your product and business to the wider network of partners and stakeholders associated with Transport for Wales Rail. Be part of an industry that will give your start-up the opportunities to be innovative, to grow and to be successful.

Join our accelerator programme