Plain English Terms for JDWorks

The team at JDWorks has put together a condensed, plain English version of our Official Terms for your convenience. This is not a legally binding document and you should refer to the Official Terms for further details.


JDWorks is s a business accelerator programme from N Brown and L Marks. No more than eight companies will join the programme. Participants will be challenged to develop products and services that will shape the retail space of the future.


  • Applications Open: 28th June, 2016
  • Applications Close: 6th August, 2016
  • Pitchers Announced: 8th August
  • Pitch-Day: 7th September, 2016
  • Deadline to invite invitation to Programme: 15th September
  • Accelerator Commences: 26th September
  • Accelerator Ends: 12th December, 2016
  • Demo Day: 5th December, 2016


Anyone can participate, no matter where you’re from. If you are planning to join us from abroad, visa restrictions may apply.

If you’re unable to be based in Manchester for the vast majority of the 10 week programme in Manchester, this could affect your chances of acceptance onto JDWorks.

Each team must select a representative who is responsible for registering and applying to JDWorks.

Application Period

Applications are open from the 28th of June, 2016 until the 6th of August.


Your product or service must fit into one of our innovation categories: Fit, New Ways to Shop, Customer Experience, Customer Loyalty, Utilising New Data, Supply Chain or Wildcard. We’ll ask you questions about your team, product and company. We’ll also ask you for a video and a pitch deck. We strongly recommend you include at least one of these items.

You can enter more than one application, but they must be substantially different from one another and must not violate anybody else’s intellectual property.


After an initial screening process, between 15 and 25 teams will be invited to pitch to a panel.

Selection Criteria

At pitching events, you’ll be judged against the quality of your: team, idea, user experience, presentations as well as the market size, commercial potential and fit for the programme.

Verification of Potential Finalists

The Official Terms ensure the smooth running of the programme. Complying with the Terms throughout the programme will allow you to get the most out of the programme.

Follow On Funding

Participants on the programme may be able to pitch for access to the JDWorks Microfund.


We can’t take responsibility for anything that might go wrong whilst you’re participating in the accelerator. Our liability is limited to £100.


We’ll take your agreeing to the Official Terms as consent for us to use your name, company name, photograph, etc. for promotional purposes. We’ll never use this stuff to portray you or your company in a negative light.

General Conditions

We’re not expecting this to happen, but should something beyond our control arise to undermine the accelerator, we may have to cancel the programme.

If a participant is found to be undermining the programme or tampering with it in any way, we may disqualify them. We’d never ask someone to leave the programme without first exploring every other alternative.


We respect your privacy and will do all we can to protect it. For more information see our privacy policy here.