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Do you accept companies that are competitive with each other?

Yes.

Is my company “too far along” or not far enough to apply to Labs?

Companies of all sizes and at various stage of development are encouraged to apply. This includes startups, scaleups and established businesses. As a minimum, participating companies should ideally have a commercial product with early customer traction and an aggressive growth strategy. Labs will also consider companies with working prototypes on the verge of launch if they can provide sufficient proof of concept and market potential.

What sort of control am I giving up by joining the programme?

None. We don’t take equity, board seats or anything that compromises your control.

How do you choose which companies to accept into the programme and to fund?

We will choose great teams who are proposing products that solve real problems or create meaningful innovations. For us, it’s about the team and the synergies of the product with our core businesses.

Do I need to send in a business plan?

Nope. Just fill out the application and we will contact you with more details.

When is the deadline to apply and what’s the overall timeline?

It is specified on every Opportunity's application form

I’m concerned that if I apply, you won’t protect my intellectual property. Should I be worried about this?

We’re certainly not in the business of stealing ideas and IP but we will not sign NDAs for practical reasons. Our application does not ask for your “secret sauce” and there is no reason you have to disclose this to us if you’re not comfortable doing so. We hope that our reputation speaks for itself on this topic.

What criteria will you use to decide which companies to invite?

  • UK and non-UK start-ups, scale-ups and established companies
  • As a minimum, you are post seed with a solid working prototype on the verge of launch
  • Highly experienced teams in either applicable technology, format or media industry traction
  • The potential of scale to address the global market
  • An interest to pursue a commercial deal with BBC Worldwide and our partners
  • Sufficient funding to support a trial, pilot or proof of concept, if required

There could be some Opportunity specific criteria so please, read the application carefully.

Will you sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement?

No, we don’t sign NDAs. We will do our best to protect your IP but ultimately, our reputation in the community speaks for itself.

I still have more questions. What do I do?

Check our BBC Worldwide page (www.bbcwlabs.com) or email us at (labsinfo@bbc.com) we are also on Twitter @bbcwlabs

What is the deadline for applying to Labs Opportunities?

The deadline for responses is clearly indicated on each of the opportunities.

How will Labs companies be selected?

The deadline for responses is clearly indicated on each of the opportunities. After reviewing all the applications, we will shortlist five companies to continue to the next stage. We’ll contact all applicants – successful or not – within 30 days of the closing date to let them know the outcome of their application. Due to large number of applications BBC Worldwide Labs usually receive, we may not be able to give you detailed feedback on why your application wasn’t successful.

Is a commercial deal guaranteed as part of becoming a Labs company?

No. Participating in Labs does not guarantee a commercial contract. If your application is successful, we will invite you to run a pilot with us. If it meets criteria we specify together at the beginning of the project, we will work with you on scaling it up and deploying it across our global business, and digital partners.

NOTE: Not all pilots offer funding. Please, apply to those only if you are able to financially support yourself and the team prior the partnership / scale-up stage.

Can I apply if my company exists in other countries including but not limited to the UK?

Yes.

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