You must agree to these terms before you will be able to use The Bridge. Please therefore read these terms carefully. If you have any questions about these terms you should discuss these with us before accessing The Bridge. You should only proceed if you understand these terms and accept them in full.
1.1 We are L Marks Limited.
1.2 We are registered in England and Wales with company number 07756651
1.3 Our registered office address is 20 Broad Lane, Hale, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 0DF.
1.4 Our UK HQ and correspondence address is 72 Acton Street, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 9NB.
1.5 Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.1 We run innovation programmes in conjunction with leading companies around the world. We have developed The Bridge to help people to get the best out of these programmes.
2.2 The Bridge is available both to applicants for our programmes and individuals participating in our programmes.
2.3 We hope that you will enjoy using The Bridge and make the most of its functionality. Please feel free to use any of the functionality which your account gives you access to.
2.4 We are constantly working to improve The Bridge, so the functionality and other features of The Bridge may change from time to time. Please take time to familiarise yourself with any new functions or other changes to the service.
2.5 More information about The Bridge and how to make best use of it can be found in the user guides or by contacting us using the functionality provided within the platform. Please let us know if you have any queries.
3.1 To access The Bridge, you must register for an account. You may do this either by clicking the link in an invite email that you have received or by clicking “sign up” on the log in page.
3.2 You must only access The Bridge using an account registered in your name. You are responsible for any use of your account, and you must keep the log in details safe and secure and not share them with any other person, even another person within the same company. If another person within your company needs to access The Bridge, they should register for their own account.
3.3 Although you may be registering to access The Bridge in connection with a company that you are involved in, your account is personal to you and you should provide your own name and details.
3.4 We want to welcome as many people to The Bridge as possible. However, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate any account at any time for any reason. We will normally only do this where we reasonably believe that you are using The Bridge in breach of these terms, but we may do so in any circumstances where we consider it appropriate to protect ourselves, our corporate partners, other users and/or The Bridge.
4.1 If you are accessing The Bridge on behalf of a startup, you will be able to create or join a team with your colleagues.
4.2 The first person who registers on behalf of a startup will be invited to set up a profile for the startup. This person will be the first profile manager for the startup. Once colleagues join the team, the profile manager may transfer responsibility for managing the profile to a colleague.
4.3 The profile manager can invite colleagues to join the team by using the appropriate option. Each colleague will be sent an invite link which will enable the colleague to create an account and join the team.
4.4 Colleagues may also join the team by using the “sign up” option on the log in page and providing an email address which uses the startup’s domain. The Bridge will automatically identify the new user’s connection with an existing team and enable the user to join the team.
5.1 If you choose to apply to a programme through The Bridge, it is important to be aware that each programme has its own application terms. These application terms will be made available to you as part of the application process, and you must read them carefully and confirm acceptance of these terms as a condition of submitting your application.
5.2 Once you have submitted the application, it is the application terms, not these terms, which apply to your application and all matters arising out of it.
5.3 Whilst the application terms for many of our programmes may look similar, each set of terms are prepared specifically for the relevant programme, so the terms can and do vary depending on the programme you are applying to. Please therefore read the terms for each programme you apply for, even if you have applied to one of our programmes before.
5.4 Your submission of an application forms an agreement between you, us and the relevant corporate partner. You may subsequently be asked to enter into additional agreements with ourselves and/or the corporate partner, for example you may be asked to enter into a participation agreement if your application is successful.
6.1 If you are attending an event connected with any of the programmes, you can get more out of the experience by connecting with the event on The Bridge. This will give you the opportunity to find out more about the participating startups, ask questions, chat with other attendees and more.
6.2 You may connect to an event by clicking the link in the invite email. If you already have an account, you can log in using your pre-existing username and password. If you do not have an account, you will be prompted to register. If you are registering for the first time, you will also need to enter the four digit access code for the event, which will have been shared with you in advance.
7.1 We will use our reasonable efforts to make The Bridge available for you to access over the internet. However, from time to time The Bridge may be unavailable if we are carrying out routine maintenance and repairs or due to the unavailability or failure of the internet.
7.2 We cannot promise that The Bridge or the services it provides will be available for you to access, will continue uninterrupted or error-free or will remain unchanged. If you are submitting an application, please ensure that you submit this in good time to reduce the risk of you being affected by any outage.
8.1 We will use our reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information we contribute to The Bridge is accurate and complete. However, we do not give any promises about the accuracy or completeness of that information or the accuracy of any information, particularly information which may be contributed by our corporate partner or other users.
8.2 Without limiting the generality of paragraph 8.1, we may not always be able to verify that other users of The Bridge are who they say they are. Individuals may register with false details or may gain unauthorised access to other users’ accounts. If you need to communicate with any person about any matter of importance, or to verify any information provided to you by a user through The Bridge, please contact that individual by other means.
8.3 We reserve the right to decide in our absolute discretion what content to allow or disallow on The Bridge, and we may remove any content at any time for any reason. However, we do not generally pre-moderate content submitted to The Bridge, so please be aware that when participating in areas of The Bridge which our users contribute to there is a small risk that you may see content which is inappropriate or unacceptable. Please do let us know if you become aware of any content which causes you concern.
9.1 You must use The Bridge in accordance with these terms, in good faith and in the manner and for the purposes for which it is intended.
9.2 You must not use The Bridge:
9.2.1 in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;
9.2.2 in any way that may damage our reputation, the reputation of any of our corporate partners, the reputation of another participant in or applicant to a programme or the reputation of The Bridge;
9.2.3 in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;
9.2.4 for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm any person or business in any way;
9.2.5 to collect personal information for commercial purposes, except where the person providing that information has expressly consented to you doing so; or
9.2.6 to harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users of The Bridge by electronic means for the purposes of sending unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).
9.3 Where The Bridge provides a facility for you to message or interact with other users (whether directly or as a group) or with us or our corporate partner, you must not send any information which:
9.3.1 is inaccurate or is likely to deceive any person;
9.3.2 expresses an opinion which is not genuinely held;
9.3.3 is defamatory or derogatory of any person;
9.3.4 is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory;
9.3.5 contains or promotes sexually explicit material, violence, any illegal activity or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
9.3.6 is made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence;
9.3.7 is likely to be seen as “spam”, such as unsolicited marketing material or other excessive or unwanted content;
9.3.8 is threatening, abusive or invade another’s privacy, causes annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety, is likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; and/or
9.3.9 advocates, promotes or assists any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
9.4 You must not:
9.4.1 reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of The Bridge in contravention of the provisions of these terms;
9.4.2 impersonate any person, misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person, or give the impression that the material emanates from us or our corporate partner (if this is not the case);
9.4.3 use automate scripts to collect information from or otherwise interact with The Bridge;
9.4.4 access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:
9.4.5 transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware; or
9.4.6 attack The Bridge via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.
9.5 By breaching paragraph 9.4.4 to 9.4.6, you may be committing a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our The Bridge will cease immediately.
10.1 All material on The Bridge is protected by copyright and/or other intellectual property rights. You may view content of The Bridge on screen but you must not make a copy of that content without the consent of the relevant rights holder (this may be us, our corporate partner, another participant or someone else).
10.2 If you contribute any content to The Bridge, you will retain ownership of all rights in that content. However, by contributing that content you grant us and our corporate partner a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty free right to use that content:
10.2.1 in connection with the operation of The Bridge, for example sending messages that you send via a messaging system to other users;
10.2.2 in respect of information that you submit in connection with an application, for the purposes of administering your application, as described in more details in the relevant application terms; and
10.2.3 in respect of information that you submit in connection with your participation in a programme, in connection with that programme, including the administration and marketing and promotion of that programme.
10.3 Before submitting any content, you must ensure that you have the rights to do so (either that you own the rights yourself, or that you have the permission of the rightsholder). You will be fully responsible for any claim suffered by us or our corporate partner alleging that you did not have the right to submit any content.
11.1 We take the protection of your personal data very seriously.
11.3 If you apply to one of our programmes, there will be a separate privacy notice explaining how your personal data will be used in connection with that application. Please review the relevant privacy notice which will be linked to from the application form.
12.1 The Bridge may include links to websites owned, operated, controlled and/or provided by third parties.
12.2 Your use of any third party websites may be subject to the relevant third party’s terms and conditions, and it is your responsibility to make yourself aware of those terms and conditions. We will not necessarily see or be aware of any enquiries that you submit to any third parties who provide third party websites.
12.3 We have no control over or proprietary interest in any content on third party websites. We do not give any promises about the quality, security, accuracy or any other aspect of any third party websites, and exclude any and all liability arising from you use of them.
13.1 Our liability for losses you incur as a result of us not complying with these terms or which otherwise arise in connection with your use of The Bridge is strictly limited to £100.
13.2 We are not responsible for indirect losses you suffer or for any loss of income or revenue, loss of business, loss of profits or contracts, loss of anticipated savings, loss of data or waste of management or office time.
13.3 We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under these terms that is caused by events outside our reasonable control.
13.4 The limitations and exclusions set out above apply regardless of how the loss arose, including losses arising in connection with tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, and apply whether or not the loss was foreseeable.
13.5 As The Bridge is offered to you without charge, we are only prepared to offer The Bridge to you on the basis of the above limitations and exclusions. You should bear these limitations and exclusions in mind when using The Bridge and not do anything which is likely to cause you losses which cannot be recovered from us unless you are prepared to accept this risk yourself.
13.6 If you are not comfortable with these limitations or exclusions, please do not use The Bridge.
13.7 Nothing in these terms will in any way limit or exclude our liability for:
13.7.1 death or personal injury caused by our negligence;
13.7.2 fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
13.7.3 any other matter for which we are not entitled to limit or exclude our liability.
All notices given by you to us in connection with these terms must be given to the email address set out at paragraph 1 above. We may give notice to you at either the email address you have provided to us through The Bridge.
15.1 We reserve the right to revise or replace these terms from time to time without prior notice to you. If we do revise or replace these terms, we will post the new terms on The Bridge, and your continued usage of The Bridge will indicate your acceptance to the new terms.
15.2 If you are not prepared to accept a variation to our terms, you must immediately cease use of The Bridge and contact us to request that we close your account.
16.1 If we fail, at any time, to insist upon strict performance of any of your obligations under these terms, or if we fail to exercise any of the rights or remedies to which we are entitled under these terms, this will not constitute a waiver of such rights or remedies and will not relieve you from compliance with such obligations.
16.2 A waiver by us of any default will not constitute a waiver of any subsequent default.
16.3 No waiver by us of any of these terms will be effective unless it is expressly stated to be a waiver and is communicated to you in writing in accordance with paragraph 14.
16.4 You may not transfer, assign, charge or otherwise dispose of your interest in these terms, or any of your rights or obligations arising under it, without our prior written consent.
16.5 If any of these terms are determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision will to that extent be severed from the remaining terms, conditions and provisions which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.
16.6 These terms form the whole agreement between us and supersede any previous arrangement, understanding or agreement between us.
16.7 Although our corporate partners are not party to these terms, our corporate partners are entitled to rely on your commitments regarding acceptable use of The Bridge (paragraph 9) and intellectual property (paragraph 10) and may enforce those rights directly against you in accordance with the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
16.8 We each acknowledge that, in agreeing to terms, neither of us relies on any statement, representation, assurance or warranty of any person (whether a party to these terms or not) other than as expressly set out in these terms. Each of us agrees that the only rights and remedies available to us arising out of or in connection with a representation will be for breach of contract. Nothing in these terms limits or excludes liability for fraud.
16.9 These terms, and any associated non-contractual disputes or claims, are governed by English law and you and we each hereby accept the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts in respect of any matters arising out of or in connection with these terms or your use of The Bridge.