Calling for Early Stage Technology Start-ups to join The Cage Ignition Programme

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Hong Kong, insert date — The Lane Crawford Joyce Group, Asia’s industry leader in retail and omni channel experiences, brand management and distribution is calling for applications for early stage technology start-ups to join its 12-week ignition and retail development programme, The Cage based at One Island South, Hong Kong from 1 Jan, 2018 to 18 March, 2018. For the third year running, our current program is looking for technology startups who are developing innovative solutions to enhance the Customer Experience.

The Cage will award two early-stage start-ups with a 12 week luxury retail programme that includes intensive mentorship with The Lane Crawford Joyce Group executive team; exposure to an exclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs, access to retail, digital and business strategy specialists; and an introduction to the investor community with a proven track record.

Benefits of The Cage Ignition Programme include:
– Opportunity to secure commercial agreements with one or more group companies under The Lane Crawford Joyce Group
– Market testing opportunities across the five companies
– Structured learning & tailored business guidance from an exclusive network of 150+ advisors
– Dedicated mentors & direct access to key decision makers within The Lane Crawford Joyce Group ecosystem
– Exclusive community of global industry experts, investors, and entrepreneurs
– 12 weeks of co-working and supporting infrastructure at no charge
– HK$50,000 prize money without equity stake

Previous Participants of The Cage:

Whatsqaure – an AI chatbot enabling “conversational commerce” for fashion & lifestyle retailers in Asia. “This program is like a mini-MBA for fashion tech startups, I’m so impressed by the people I met, sessions I attended, and network I tapped into,” said Katherine Pei, co-founder and CEO of Whatsquare.

Whoolala – a digital-first brand management platform for emerging Asian designer fashion brands. “Great program, we met incredible people and it was a life changing experience. Big thanks to everyone involved in the project,” said Steve Murray, co-founder and CEO of Whoolala.

QueueHop – The “Amazon Go” for fashion retailers by re-engineering the traditional security tags into self-checkout smart tags that unlock upon payment. “Wonderful program! Well-structured with clarity of objectives, and awesome culture with direct retail feedback. We have learned so much and made so many meaningful connections throughout the journey,” said Ahmed, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of QueueHop, a Y-Combinator funded company.

SeenIt Online Private Limited – South East Asia’s first fashion question and answer platform, creating a bridge between inspiration sources and connecting users with products they want to buy. “The overall experience was absolutely incredible and exceeded all our expectations. We learned so much, and the mentors, LC team, and environment was perfect,” said Vedanta, co-founder and CEO of SeenIt.

Applications are now open and will close by March 18, 2018. For any inquiries, please contact thecage@lcjgroup.com or visit http://thecage.io

About The Lane Crawford Joyce Group
The Lane Crawford Joyce Group is an international industry leader in retail and omni-channel experiences, brand management and distribution, providing international brands unparalleled insight into, and coverage of, Greater China. The Group consists of five companies: iconic, luxury department store Lane Crawford; cutting edge fashion boutique Joyce; fashion footwear, bags and accessories specialist Pedder Group; retail, brand management and distribution company ImagineX Group; and fullservice retail platform Walton Brown.