DEADLINE TODAY: Enter Our AB InBev, Walgreens And GSK Innovation Pitches

19 Feb, 2021

Pharma, beer and healthcare giants GSK, AB InBev and Walgreens have stepped up their search for new innovation by providing £20k MAD//Anywhere pitch briefs.

Valentine’s Day may be over but Walgreens, AB InBev and GSK have stepped up their search for new tech partners through a series of £20k live innovation pitches taking place next month. 

AB InBev, the brewer behind beer brands including Budweiser, Camden Hells and Corona, is seeking a technology partner that can help boost its D2C channels and acquire customers more efficiently. 

Global pharmacy and retail giant Walgreens is targeting tech and innovation that can bring their products closer to prospective consumers and Health Care Professionals. Late last year, Walgreens’ Boots brand announced a “personalisation at scale” growth strategy at MAD//Anywhere.

Meanwhile, GSK is seeking technologies to get GSK’s products into the hands (and mouths!) of consumers and experts so that more people can experience the positive benefits that they can bring.

The £20k briefs are all part of the PITCH//IT initiative held at MAD//Anywhere on 10-11 March, a global virtual marketing festival from MAD//Fest London. The pitch process will be managed by collaborative innovation specialists Co:Cubed and Marni Allen, Director, Consumer Healthcare Futures, Walgreens, Jason Andree, Head of Content & Earned Media, GSK Consumer Healthcare and Rafael Gandra, Innovation Manager, AB InBev.

Six start-ups will be selected to present for the PITCH//IT £20k pilots which will take place live at the event. At the last MAD//Anywhere event, top brands Diageo and Schwarz-owner McCormick Foods awarded innovation pilots to gamification platform TheQ and personalised video marketing start-up Spirable respectively.

More than 4,000 global marketers are expected to attend MAD//Anywhere. Speakers include Cheryl Calverley, Chief Executive, Eve Sleep, Rebecca Baron, Head of Activism + Social Purpose, Ben & Jerry's, Rory Sutherland, Vice-chair, Ogilvy, Shamil Thakrar, Co-founder, Dishoom and Teddy Goff, the digital guru behind Joe Biden’s successful 2021 US Presidential election campaign.

We're really excited about the opportunity to provide our consumers access to more holistic, personalised healthcare solutions and are looking for ideas about how we can make that happen. Your great ideas can help us better meet the healthcare needs of millions of consumers in the US,” said Marni Allen, Director, Consumer Healthcare Futures, Walgreens.

“In a world where we’re forever trying to get closer to our consumers, we’re seeking out how we can use technologies to get our products into the hands (and mouths!) of our consumers and Health Care Professionals so that more people can experience the positive benefits that they can bring,” added Jason Andree, Head of Content & Earned Media, GSK Consumer Healthcare.

Jeremy Basset, Founder + CEO, Co:Cubed said: “Everyone from start-ups to global brands and governments are backing innovation as the route back to growth right now. Clearly there is a huge opportunity for start-ups and brands to collaborate and drive new marketing opportunities, experiences and sales channels. We’re excited at the opportunity to connect innovations with the challenges of global players like AB InBev, Walgreens and GSK. Better still, we will be doing this live in front of thousands of global marketers at MAD//Anywhere next month!”

"Our innovation pitches at November's MAD//Anywhere were a huge hit and increasing the number of briefs with fantastic brands like Walgreens, AB InBev and GSK was a natural thing to do. We had attendees from 35 countries at our last virtual event and these latest pitches underline our plans to establish MAD//Anywhere as a global platform for innovation, connecting people and finding solutions to the challenges faced by brands in 2021," added Dan Brain, MAD//Fest London's Co-founder and Content Director.

Start-ups and scale-ups can enter the GSK, AB InBev and Walgreens pitches until 26 Feb. 

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