Arsenal target startup businesses with new Innovation Lab

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Are you more ‘disruptive’ than playing a right-back at left-back, a left-back at centre-back and a soon-to-be sold attacking midfielder at right wing-back? Then you should apply today for Arsenal’s new Innovation Lab…

That’s a cheap joke (blame the current vibe around the club) at what looks to be a very interesting project from the club. 

In essence, the club is looking to mentor technologists, startup businesses and entrepreneurs with a view to finding innovative solutions to off-pitch issues that have long been the subject of debate at the Emirates.

They include improving the matchday experience, connecting better with the global fanbase, transforming the opportunities for commercial partners and building a better in-store and online retail operation.

In association with corporate innovation specialist L Marks, the Innovation Lab will offer successful candidates ten weeks of access to senior business leaders at Arsenal, as well as the chance to test and demonstrate products/services in live environments. There’s even the carrot of investment from the club if they like the results. Not bad.

Deadline for applications is 12 October with the programme kicking-off in January. More information here.

Yes, we know working that working with Ivan might not appeal to all. Yes, we know some of you want the manager’s head on a pike outside Arsenal tube station. Yes, perhaps the ‘innovative’ idea should be defending from corners…we get it! But let’s leave those views from the comment section on this occasion.

Instead, let’s give a tip of the cap to a worthy project that could actually be the springboard for you or someone you know to do something to improve the club.

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