In September 2017, the nation’s favourite café worked with CW to take inspiration from the UK tech scene.
Costa Coffee wanted to embrace technology to elevate the experience of their customers and explore what the world’s most technologically enabled Coffee Shop might look like in 2025, and how those futuristic shops might facilitate meaningful connections over great coffee.
They worked in partnership with Cambridge Wireless (CW) and The Innovation Dividend to deliver a day-long Coffee Shop Ideation at the Bradfield Centre in Cambridge, UK. Companies were invited to pitch their innovative idea to an expert judging panel and, following a programme of tailored support from the technology community and mentors in order to help refine their pitches, winners were given the opportunity to showcase their technology the following day to Costa execs for potential investment.
CW (Cambridge Wireless) were appointed by Costa to bring this ambition to fruition via a one-day "Coffee Shop of the Future Ideation” supported by a plethora of technology companies across the Cambridge-London technology corridor.
Naturally, Cambridge is the perfect fit for this Coffee Shop of the Future Ideation; it already has a strong base of renowned technology pioneers as well as being an entrepreneurial hub for startups with easy connections to London.
Jon Bradford, Director of the Bradfield Centre
Three successful companies were invited to pitch to Costa Coffee executives in the finals on 26th September at Costa Coffee’s London headquarters in Holborn.
At Costa we are committed to inviting customers to discover great coffee and we are keen to explore ways that technologies help enhance this experience. It seems that successful brands are always evolving and looking to understand what customers will need in the future.
Mags Dixon, Head of Marketing for Costa in International Markets
If your company is interested in harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of CW's technology community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.