WE ARE WAYRA

Wayra is a start-up accelerator owned by Telefónica Open Future_, a global entrepreneurship and innovation network, open to partners.

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WHAT WE DO

If you have a business or an idea that uses technology to solve the problems of the future, Wayra is your place to make it grow.

Partnership

Open Future_ have signed 60 strategic partnerships across the world to enhance opportunities for startups

Our Investor Network

Wayra’s investor network is an attractive proposition to any start-up and will help scale-up your business.

Wayra’s Investment

Our acceleration programme will give you funding up to $50,000.

Coaches

Coaches provide more in-depth special advice to our businesses in a number of areas.

Masterclasses

Significant skills development is given through our masterclasses that run throughout the year.

Telefónica Business Development

Telefonica Business Development: Telefónica’s network consists of 300m customers across 17 countries. Access to a global customer base is within your reach!

Dedicated Mentors

Our mentor network provides helpful guidance to our start-ups throughout their acceleration.

1:1

To supplement our masterclasses, we organise 1:1 with each start-up to develop their business further.

Office Space

The recently refurbished academy provides the perfect location to grow your business.

WHAT WE STAND FOR

Not only do we pride ourselves on giving every start-up the best opportunity to scale; we also use our knowledge and expertise to contribute to the ecosystem in other ways:

Corporate Acceleration

Over 12% of all accelerators in the UK are now backed by large corporate enterprises. With Wayra Open Future one of the earliest examples, we run events, conduct research and gather partners in a effort to understand its growing impact. We also provide insight and guidance to other multinational corporates looking to launch their own acceleration programmes.

Diversity

Wayra recently lead on a project alongside Simon Fanshawe OBE and a coalition of partners, including TechCity UK, BBC Labs and Virgin Start Up, to reveal the social makeup of Britain’s start-up ecosystem. This was the first research project of its kind to look into the inherent and acquired DNA of those working in UK-based, mainly digital, early-stage start-ups. The research found that diversity can drive the acceleration of businesses and evoke entrepreneurialism. Click here to find out more about startupDNA.

Partnership

Telefónica believe in the power of partnership. To date, they’ve signed more than 60 strategic partnerships across the world to enhance opportunities for startups. The Open Future_ network is open to partners that want to support entrepreneurship and capture ideas in different industries. Wayra in the United Kingdom has contributed to this by launching groundbreaking partnerships with MSD, Cambridge Wireless and many others.

HEAR FROM OUR SUPPORTERS

  • I’m grateful to Wayra for supporting social innovation

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  • I’ve seen the future and it’s Wayra!

    Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Mayor of London
  • Wayra are providing facilities, mentoring and events like demoDay to accelerate businesses into the real world.

    HRH The Duke of York HRH The Duke of York
  • Wayra are giving birth to a new generation of digital rock stars!

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MEET THE TEAM

Say hello to the Wayra UK team.

OUR START-UPS

A complete portfolio of those start-ups we’ve invested in at Wayra UK.

WAYRA IN NUMBERS

Start-ups Invested in Total

In Third-party Investment Raised

Start-up Trials/Contracts with Telefónica

In Telefónica Revenues Contracted

THE WAYRA OFFICE

Come say hello at the Wayra Office.

The London Office

Wayra UnLtd, UK Wayra Shropshire House 2-10 Capper St London WC1E 6JA

GET IN TOUCH

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