SUPPLY CHAIN & WAREHOUSE TECH

Investing in digital, connected and automated supply chain and transportation technologies

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With our partner GXO, the world's largest pure-play contract logistics provider, we are looking for the world's most promising technology-focused startups at multiple stages of development (prototype stage through commercialization) to collaborate on pilot projects across GXOs global logistics footprint.

Participating startups will have the opportunity for commercial pilots, R&D partnerships, and strategic investment. We accept applicants throughout the year.


Applicants must be post R&D stage (MVP ready or < 6 months away) or fully commercialized, with breakthrough technologies or new business models, and may be across a broad number of areas that are relevant for the contract logistics industry.

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Warehouse
Tech
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Robotics
 
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Supply
Chain Tech
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AI & IoT
 
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E-Commerce
Tech

 
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Communications
Infrastructure
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Our partnership with Sente reflects our ongoing commitment to providing our customers with cutting-edge automated solutions that increase safety, productivity, accuracy, and efficiency.

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Sandeep Sakharkar

Chief Information Officer

The opportunity

The primary objective of this investment program is to connect early-stage startups to GXO's existing and emerging supply chain innovation challenges.

Success may be defined differently for each participating startup, but may generally include:

  • A commercial pilot 

  • An R&D collaboration

  • A strategic investment or joint venture

  • A go-to-market partnership

  • A pre-seed or seed stage investment from Sente or its investment partners

  • Partnerships with different technology partners in supply chain tech, process automation, robotics, workplace safety, sustainability technologies and e-commerce

Sente's multi-phased process is designed to efficiently support decision points at each step of the process to maximize the likelihood of achieving one or more of these goals, with clarity and clear expectations for each of the stakeholders along the way.

Key details

  • Rolling acceptance throughout the year. Startups will be accepted based on solution fit and novelty, and evaluated based on strength of the technology, team, business model, competitive strength and scaling potential.

  • Interactions will be 100% virtual (with a few exceptions)

  • Startups will go through Sente's collaborative due-diligence process (an efficient 5-week process to support a "go / no-go" decision for investment and/or pilot project(s).

  • Participants will receive hands-on guidance and support for building a proper business model, investor data room, financial model, and project pitch for corporate partner(s). Support and mentorship will be tailored to startup's stage and needs/gaps.

  • GXO stakeholders will provide coaching and feedback for startups' technologies, solution fit, business model, pricing, partnership strategy and scaling plans.

  • For selected startups (after 5-week due-diligence), Sente may facilitate pre-seed or seed-stage investment with our investment partners and provide a full 12 months of hands-on support and access to its partners and network (and continues to support our startup family long after the formal program is complete)