Retail Innovation Programme: The Scale ups to Watch

We are proud to be working with UK Launchpad, a leading innovation ecosystem of advisors, alliances and partnerships, to deliver an exciting Scale-Up Showcase.

In 2023, UK Launchpad sourced, validated and shortlisted a selection of innovative scale-up companies, all of whom have a demonstrable track record of helping retailers and brands tackle their top challenges.

As part of the process, the shortlisted scale-ups were put through their paces by our panel of Innovation Judges (Geri Hebberd, Asda; Darryl Beckford, John Lewis Partnership; Stuart Ramage, Marks & Spencer; Jessica Bartlett, New Balance; and Paul Sims, Primark) and have the opportunity to respond to innovation use cases from our panel.

On-the-day, attendees heard all of the shortlisted scale-ups deliver a three-minute pitch on the Innovation Stage, outlining: their product’s superpower and the number one challenge they’re helping retailers and brands to solve.

Then, audience members voted on who they believe had the most innovative solution, huge congratulations to this year’s winner, Slip!!!

Bodo is a technology and real estate network that allows brands to offer their products quickly, conveniently, and sustainably. Bodo’s API enables brands to offer same-day or 30 minute delivery, pick-up, new sales channels, and even retail experiences.

Curve Analytics is an Insights Platform for location customer experience. Purely based on unprompted reviews data, the platform leverages advanced NLP and AI to provide authentic insights for all locations across your entire industry. is an innovative AI & ML insurance platform that allows retailers to offer insurance solutions to their customers using a behavioural pricing engine. Excitare is a SaaS-based, ready-to-market, plug-and-play solution.

Graymatics is a AI-powered cognitive multimedia analytics platform, offering retailers a comprehensive solution to leverage the untapped potential of their existing CCTV infrastructure or new infrastructure. The platform allows retailers to gain unparalleled visibility into their operations, customer behaviour, and overall performance.

HyperFinity uses data, technology and expertise to help retailers make profitable marketing, merchandising and pricing decisions.

Increff is a retail SaaS company solving complex inventory management and supply chain challenges. Increff empowers brands and retailers to optimise inventory across the web, marketplaces and wholesale channels.

MoEngage® is an insights-led Customer Engagement platform for consumer brands that empowers marketers and product owners with AI-driven insights to create omnichannel experiences that consumers love.

Ocula’s software platform helps companies like AO and Coty make smarter, AI driven decisions to enhance their ecommerce experience and deliver dynamic pricing.

Connect with your customers at any time, on any device, and at any point in the customer journey. With Pobuca Experience Cloud you can measure, design and improve customer experience and loyalty.

As the pioneer in Continuous Product Design, Quantum Metric helps organisations put customers at the heart of everything they do. Today, Quantum Metric captures insights from 29 percent of the world’s internet users, supporting globally recognized brands in retail, travel, financial services, and telecommunications.

Slip is a digital receipt and omnichannel data startup, reinventing the way retail does digital receipts and customer data. Born from the frustration of constantly losing paper receipts, Slip is swapping uninspiring email address capture with digital wallets, enhancing the shopping experience for both customers & retailers.