Two weeks left to apply for Wayra accelerator's latest call

Wayra, Telefónica’s international startup accelerator, has announced a new call for digital projects. Entrepreneurs from all over the world have until midnight on October 20th to apply for a place in one of the eight Academies included in this call.

Wayra, Telefónica’s international startup accelerator, has announced a new call for digital projects in key markets including Europe and South America. The businesses that Wayra chooses to accelerate focus on using the internet and new technologies to innovate. Wayra is open to applications from a wide range of digital start-up businesses and is not exclusively focussed on the telecommunications sector.

In the latest call, entrepreneurs from all over the world have until midnight on October 20th to apply at http://www.wayra.org/joinus for a place in one of the eight Academies included in this call.

For this call Wayra have decided to give priority to certain areas with potential for growth. If your project is related to new products or solutions in the field of M2M, big data or media & advertising, Wayra will pay special attention to it during the preliminary assessment.

After passing an exhaustive selection process, the selected finalists take part in the acceleration programme giving them an investment of up to €40,000, devoted mentors, a space for their team to work at a Wayra Academy and potential access to the Telefónica Group’s businesses and contacts. In return for this, Wayra will take a convertible loan note in the business that they will exchange for between 7% and 10% equity during a later investment round. Entrepreneurs will also join Wayra’s investor, partner and expert network in different parts of the world.

“The Wayra model of incubating exciting start-up businesses has already proven its strength through the finance of 295 companies across its 14 academies. A total of €20m has been raised in follow on funding after initial investment from Telefonica, and of the 295 start-ups to come through Wayra’s doors, 274 are still operating. In this next call we look forward to welcoming all start-ups, but in particular we’d like to see more start-ups working in the fields of big data and media/advertising, as we see these as two key markets for development in the coming 12 months.” - said Simon Devonshire, director of Wayra Europe.

Started up in April 2011 to support the growth of innovation and technological entrepreneurship, in just two years Wayra has consolidated its position as one of the largest accelerators in the world, operating in twelve different countries in Latin America and Europe. Figures released by the telecoms giant’s digital innovation arm show that it has invested €9.4m directly into start-ups, which has led to follow on backing from third parties worth more than €20m.

Wayra provides sustained support for the local entrepreneur ecosystem through its academies in Dublin, Bogotá, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Lima, Madrid, Barcelona, Caracas, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Munich, London, Dublin, and Prague, which have already accelerated nearly 300 new businesses in a diverse range of sectors, all with great potential and ambitious goals for worldwide growth and expansion.


 
 
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