Join our 10 week innovation accelerator programme


Are you a tech start-up or scale-up with a product or service that could transform the public transport industry? Join the National Express Innovation & Science programme and accelerate your business.


What is NXIS?

NXIS is a 10 week accelerator for mature start-ups or scale-ups, designed to develop innovative solutions, products and services that can be implemented across National Express UK.

It’s all about rapidly testing the feasibility of your minimum viable product (MVP). We are interested in innovation that will drive revenue, efficiency, safety, people engagement or customer satisfaction. You might help us with customer experience, operations and engineering or anything in between.

Why apply to NXIS?

The 10 week accelerator will be entirely remote - applicants from anywhere around the world will be considered. The programme consists of onboarding workshops, stakeholder 121s, mentoring, networking opportunities with executives and access to a wide range of resources and knowledge from across the transport sector. Most importantly we will collaborate with you to test the feasibility of your innovation within National Express, with a dedicated business sponsor helping you and your team create an MVP.

At the end of the 10 weeks you will show your MVP on demo day to the executive team, with the goal of securing a contract of work so you can scale inside National Express. Scaling your innovation across National Express Group is the ambition - a global business carrying over one billion passengers annually through our bus, coach and train services based in North America, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Morocco and Bahrain.

Is NXIS right for me?

You are funded and have a functioning digital product that customers are already paying for. You have customer and market validation and are ready to scale. You will be able to dedicate 1-2 days per week of your time during the 10 week NXIS programme.

Successful NXIS members will be offered a contract of work, resulting in you looking to scale your digital innovation within one of the largest public transport companies in the world.

How to apply?

NXIS welcomes your application now - just complete our short registration form. Selected applicants will be asked to give a 10 minute pitch via video conference to the National Express UK leadership team.

If successful you will begin your 10 week NXIS MVP trial at the next available opportunity. You will have a dedicated business sponsor, mentor, and guidance on how to test the feasibility of your digital innovation with National Express customers and colleagues over the coming weeks.

Apply now

NXIS welcomes your application.

Just complete this short registration form.


Success Stories

Over the last 18 months, five ambitious companies have successfully completed the NXIS innovation programme.

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Kinetic energy of the bus is converted into electric energy via onboard alternators.


Specialist data engine powering modern bus networks.

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Automated customer conversations across multiple digital channels.


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Understand how passengers use public transport and networks to assist in planning and modelling.

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