ZEBOX, a global startup accelerator founded in 2018 by the CMA CGM Group chairman and CEO, Rodolphe Saadé, has established its sixth innovation hub in Manchester, UK. The launch, backed by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, aims to promote and cultivate sustainable solutions through revolutionary technological advances. The accelerator already operates from Marseille, France, Guadeloupe, Ivory Coast, USA, and Singapore, supporting over 250 startups, 20 corporate leaders, and over 340 collaborations internationally.
Located in the heart of Manchester on Portland Street, ZEBOX UK will assist Northern Europe’s most promising startups in creating innovative solutions and partnering them with corporate partners from across its global community. Furthermore, startups will receive mentorship and funding to help co-develop their game-changing ideas across four vital areas: operational efficiency, workflow automation, assets optimization and decarbonization, and the future of work. The initial wave of startups, comprising ten ventures working in AI, quantum computing, decarbonization and machine learning, will receive de-risked proof of concepts, whereas corporate partners will receive a chance to work with businesses addressing specific business issues.
Joe Manning, the managing director of Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency, MIDAS, praised ZEBOX’s investment as a valuable addition to the lively business scene in Manchester, illustrating the collaborative cross-sector strengths of the region’s sustainability, logistics, and tech. Manchester City Council leader, Cllr Bev Craig, said ZEBOX’s choice of Manchester for its UK hub underscored the city’s track record in innovation and sustainability, which would bring benefits through decarbonization and investment. His sentiments were echoed by Martin Bremner, MD at ZEBOX UK, who noted that by supporting tomorrow’s undiscovered sustainable solutions, they could tackle global challenges and achieve accelerated growth.
In recent years, Manchester has emerged as one of the UK’s dominant tech hubs, surpassing more prominent European cities in terms of investment and business growth. It has rapidly expanding start-up satellite, with successive years of record investment funding flows injected into the region.