Three startups were featured in Belron’s Drive With Belron program in hopes of gaining future investments. Belron teamed up with L Marks for this project and have a combined total of $227,341 to invest in the startups. At the end of the program, in late July, each startup presented its developments. This year’s startups were: Soft Edge, RightIndem and Bonobo.
A unique factor is that each startup is paired with an existing company for pointers. “Spanning across 6 continents and with over 26,000 employees, Drive provides startups with the opportunity to trial their solution in a global market. Each team involved will be partnered with one of our participating countries with whom they will get an unparalleled opportunity to trial their products and solutions,” Belron released in a statement.
Soft Edge collaborated with Carglass® Belgium. The startup, from Poland, created an application that spots hail damage through mobile AI technology. Auto technicians can take a photo of a damaged car and the app will evaluate and mark the size and location at a faster rate than current methods used. Their goal is to speed up claims for customers and give Belron the chance to judge the scale of damage quicker.
“Belron wants to create long lasting partnerships, which is why they, and their investment partner L Marks, will ensure potential investment is available for participating companies,” according to the company’s statement.
RightIndem focused on an insurance claim platform and is from the United Kingdom. Safelite® in the U.S. worked with this team. This team wanted customers to be more aware and involved in every step of the process regarding an insurance claim. This platform allows customers to put their claims through on their insurer’s website. A notable factor of this platform is its ability to detect fraudulent claims.
Bonobo partnered with Autoglass® UK. This group made a more personalized experience for its users by converting voice-based customer interactions to actionable segments. Bonobo worked with Autoglass® UK’s call center staff to recognize moments when customers are hesitant, irritated and confused. Their goal was to resolve potential issues as they come up in real time.
“We understand that innovative collaboration is crucial for continued development, which is why Drive with Belron is back for its third year,” Belron said in a statement.