Jenny Fielding, Head of BBC Worldwide Labs and New Digital Ventures today unveiled the advisory board enlisted to select five dynamic start-ups to take part in the first BBC Worldwide Labs programme.
The board will comprise six highly respected visionaries from across the digital and technology world, which between them hold a wealth of experience across digital media, technology, business strategy, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing. There will be three from BBC/BBC Worldwide, including: Fielding, Head of BBC Worldwide Labs and New Digital Ventures, Daniel Heaf, EVP & MD, Digital, BBC Worldwide and Ralph Rivera, Director, BBC Future Media. The three external members will be: Sherry Coutu, Non-exec Director, Angel Investor, Rogan Angelini-Hurll, General Partner, PROfounders Capital and Ezequiel Vidra, Head of Google Campus. To read more about the advisory board please click here: (http://www.bbcwlabs.com/advisory-board-members/ )
Over the next month the panel will sift through the impressive amount of applications, whittling them down to a shortlist of 18, who will be called present in person. Following this stage the finalists will be chosen.
Fielding, Head of BBC Worldwide Labs and News Digital Ventures said of the board: “I’m super excited about this next stage of the programme. It is an honour to be working alongside such talented and knowledgeable peers in the digital sphere, and I look forward to working with them to choose and announce the finalists of our first BBC Worldwide Labs initiative next month.”
The six month scheme kicks off in September and will offer the five chosen companies the opportunity to work with BBC Worldwide in their west London-based offices. As part of the programme, selected start-ups will have access to specialists from across BBC Worldwide who can offer sound business advice from technology, content, marketing, sales and distribution, advertising, PR, HR and legal perspectives as well as a host of inspiring talks and networking events.
Today also marks the official launch of BBC Worldwide Labs very own website: www.bbcwlabs.com. Visitors can find further details on the latest news and events about BBC Worldwide Labs, and all the incredible mentors that will be supporting the programme. You can also follow us at: http://www.facebook.com/BBCWLabs#!/BBCWLabs and https://twitter.com/#!/BBCWLabs.
For more information, please contact:
Cassandra Power, Digital Communications Manager, BBC Worldwide
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About BBC Worldwide Labs: BBC Worldwide Labs is a new initiative from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. The purpose it to seek out and work with the most dynamic emerging digital media companies in the UK. BBC Worldwide sees digital platforms as an opportunity both to bring new audiences to our content and to produce new and unique forms of content and entertainment. Over the years it has collaborated with a number of international partners from content producers to service providers all of which have helped BBC Worldwide deliver and distribute content on numerous platforms. BBC Worldwide Labs
About BBC Worldwide Ltd. BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to exploit the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Global Brands. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £155 million on headline sales of £1085 million and returned £216 million to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: http://www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview
I’m super excited about this next stage of the programme. It is an honour to be working alongside such talented and knowledgeable peers in the digital sphere, and I look forward to working with them to choose and announce the finalists of our first BBC Worldwide Labs initiative next month.”