Wayra UK teams dominated the Pitch@Palace Boot Camp 9.0, with 7 of the top twelve teams winning an opportunity to battle it out at St. James’ Palace in front of HRH The Duke of York on Wednesday 25th April 2018.
From Mansion House and MPs to pizza, pitches and ping-pong, Welcome Week has been truly memorable. Wayra UK welcomed its 2018 cohort with an action-packed introduction to the Wayra way of life.
In an exciting development, The Memo, a business and lifestyle publication which has been operating from Wayra UK’s academy, has joined the power house that is Forbes Media. The move is a key part of Forbes’ plans to expand in Europe and sees The Memo as its “first full-fledged European Editorial Team”.
Tech start-ups from in and around the South West of England will Pitch their business ideas to a royal audience next week, as Pitch@Palace On Tour comes to Cheltenham.
Forbes has recognised several founders of Wayra UK companies as amongst Europe’s most influential people under the age of 30.
On Jan 18, Wayra UK and our partners, The Heart, are co-hosting an innovative event that investigates the future of the retail industry.
Telefónica has been named as one of the leading corporations that are doing the most to collaborate with start-ups across Europe.
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In this guest post, Mutaz Qubbaj, CEO of Wayra alum Squirrel, draws your attention to the company’s current crowdfunding, which is about to smash its target…!
Start-ups from the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator, powered by Wayra, have showcased their ideas to senior levels of government at a very special event.
- Velocity Health programme building on two years of success accelerating digital start-ups in healthcare - Our 2018 challenge seeks start-ups using technology to help support disease and illness prevention, with a focus on utilising Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning - We’re offering two start-ups up to £68K investment in funding and acceleration services
Wayra UK start-up Baby2Body has been selected as one of 12 companies to join Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on a trade mission to India. The initiative, led by the Mayor’s International Business Programme and London & Partners, is designed to help high-growth London-based companies identify partnerships and explore business opportunities in India.
We’ve had five years of accelerating some of the best start-ups in the UK. Hear what a few of them had to say…
Rap battle platform BattleMe has partnered with O2 for a fun-packed day beckoning up-and-coming rappers to “Pick up your phone… drop the mic!”
- Miguel, until now the operations manager for Spanish startup CARTO, has over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Instituto de Empresa business school and the ISDI, a business angel, a startup mentor and a blogger. - The new head of the entrepreneurship area of the Telefónica Group will report directly to Gonzalo Martín Villa, Chief Innovation Officer, and will manage all the operator’s entrepreneurship spaces, including the 11 Wayra accelerators and the 40 crowdworking spaces around the world.
The accolades continue for one of our start-ups SafeToNet in this BBC Click feature. See CEO Richard Pursey explain the use of AI to keep children safe online.
On Women’s Entrepreneur Day, Wayra UK is proud to be leading Telefónica Open Future_’s Women’s Age initiative to encourage equality in the digital start-up sector.
Since joining our Velocity Health programme, OurPath is revolutionising the way in which Type 2 diabetes is treated. A new WIRED article features their great work, which can be read here.
We had a brilliant Demo Day, celebrating our successful year and looking forward to an even more successful 2018! Taking place at our Soho HQ, the star-studded agenda thrilled one of the biggest audiences that we have had for Demo Day. Guests included O2 CEO Mark Evans who delivered one of two fantastic keynotes of the day, that were interspersed by start-up pitches and quick-witted MCing from Kymberlie Andrew.
Wayra UK is delighted to announce the first cohort of companies selected to join the Wayra Fair By Design accelerator.
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Wayra UK start-up Quit Genius has conquered all-comers in the high-profile Pitch@Palace 8.0 competition by winning the People’s Choice Award!
Wayra UK is bringing its start-ups together to share best practice on cyber issues.
the mighty Maiko Schaffrath returns with the second episode of the iTunes #1 series Impact Hustlers!
Telefónica Open Future_ spaces and academies in Europe and Latin America will hold events relating to cyber security from Oct 30 to Nov 3.
Nine start-ups, focusing on online security issues and threats, will join the second programme of the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator, powered by Wayra UK Companies selected to join the programme include a start-up that seeks to disrupt cyber crime by detecting and investigating crypto-currency transactions, and one that warns small businesses of their security weaknesses and how to fix them Following the successful first phase of the accelerator earlier this year, each start-up joining now will benefit from an expanded nine-month programme, as well as increased funding of £25,000 Each start-up will also receive benefits including access to technological and security expertise, networks, office space and mentoring
Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future_, is continuing to support diversity in the UK tech sector with a new push to recruit start-ups with links to Africa. At a Gala event at the Tate Modern in London, start-ups with African roots, or who are seeking to develop connections to Africa, will pitch to a high-level audience including business leaders, celebrities and politicians from both Africa and Europe.
Find out about the latest goings-on in Q3 2017 at Velocity Health, the healthcare accelerator programme from Wayra UK and MSD.
Our new Speaker Series has seen four esteemed guests share their knowledge, experience and wisdom in the Wayra Living Room!
We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new podcast series – Impact Hustlers – with the first episode featuring Emma Sinclair MBE!
SafeToNet has added another accolade to its burgeoning mantlepiece, as Sharon Pursey has won the Rising Star award Women in Business 2017!
OfferMoments, one of the start-ups in our Open Future_ North programme, has received a £1.5 million injection to fund a brand new advertising project.
SafeToNet, one of the start-ups in our current London cohort, has come out on top in a prestigious global search.
Wayra is pleased to announce the 2017 General Call. We are looking for excellent digital start-ups to join our London-based accelerator.
Wayra Director Gary Stewart expands on the reasons behind our Oldham-based Fair By Design acceleration programme.
BattleMe, one of the start-ups in our 2017 accelerator cohort, is going from strength-to-strength and hitting some impressive milestones.
Start-up businesses with innovative solutions to transport challenges such as congestion, overcrowding, emissions and road safety, are being encouraged to apply for a unique new accelerator programme in Milton Keynes.
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The innovative solution provided by SafeToNet, one of the companies in our London accelerator, for online security has been highlighted by BBC News in a story and video.
On October 18, Wayra UK is to host the NACUE’s Varsity Pitch Competition Semi-Finals, a high-profile event that celebrates the best businesses emerging from British colleges and universities.
ICEX-Invest in Spain, the Spanish Treasury and Wayra UK, invite you to the ‘Spanish Fintech Is Not An Oxymoron‘ event, on Thursday Oct 5 at our London office, 20 Air Street, Soho.