WAYRA UK

Wayra UK is a world-leading start-up accelerator programme. Since 2012, it has helped more than 140 British and Irish start-ups take their businesses to the next level, enabling them to raise over $100m in third-party funding.

In addition to our successful London accelerator, from 2017 Wayra UK will run programmes to encourage start-up development in the Midlands and the North of England, as part of our mission to democratise entrepreneurship throughout the UK.

Wayra UK is part of Telefónica Open Future_, the global corporate entrepreneurship network that is transforming the world through open innovation.

Wayra

WHAT WE DO

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

Partnerships

60 global strategic partnerships enhance opportunities for start-ups

Our investor network

Wayra’s comprehensive network of investors helps scale your business

Wayra’s investment

Our acceleration programme could provide funding up to $50,000

Coaches

Our coaches provide in-depth, practical business advice

Masterclasses

Significant professional development through our ongoing masterclasses

Telefónica business development

Access to Telefónica’s global customer base of 300m customers, across 17 countries

Dedicated mentors

Helpful guidance to our start-ups throughout their acceleration

1:1

Individual meetings and one-on-ones to help start-ups reach the next level

Office Space

The stylish academy is the perfect location to grow a business

OUR MISSION AND VALUES

We believe that innovation can come from anywhere. Our mission at Wayra UK is to democratise entrepreneurship, both in London and throughout the UK. We help to identify, develop, promote and scale UK-based start-ups by leveraging Telefónica’s global resources.

As part of Telefonica Open Future_, a global innovation network open to partners, Wayra UK is committed to the internationalisation and scalability of UK-based start-ups, including those founded by migrant entrepreneurs and by people from diverse backgrounds.

With a strong belief in partnership, we openly collaborate with anyone who realises that innovation cannot be done in isolation. This includes companies that recognise that corporate acceleration is an emerging, growth-hacking solution not only for scaling start-ups, but also for solving large-scale problems facing society.

Open

We believe that open innovation will change the world. We are committed to collaborating with anyone that has new ideas, technologies and business models that help generate growth, create positive societal impact and fuel innovation.

Inclusive

We celebrate diversity and globalisation. In the digital universe in which we operate, borders are imaginary and unnecessary limitations on human potential and aspiration. We’re committed to promoting diversity and working with others that support this aim.

Accessible

Talent isn’t limited by geography, but sometimes opportunity is. True prosperity and growth can only be achieved if access to entrepreneurial opportunities is democratised. We’re committed to working with local and regional partners to reinvigorate entrepreneurial ecosystems and energise local economies.

HEAR FROM OUR SUPPORTERS

  • I’m grateful to Wayra for supporting social innovation.

    #iwill Google Hangout 2 HRH The Prince of Wales
  • I’ve seen the future and it’s Wayra!

    Boris Johnson Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • Wayra provides facilities, mentoring and events like Demo Day to accelerate businesses into the real world.

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

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MEET THE TEAM

OUR START-UPS

WAYRA IN NUMBERS

Total start-ups invested in

Third-party investment raised

Start-up trials/contracts with Telefónica

In Telefónica revenues contracted

THE WAYRA OFFICE

The London Office

Wayra UK 20 Air Street, London W1B 5AN

Open Future_ North

Open Future_ North 38-44 Yorkshire St, Oldham OL1 1SE

Open Future_ Midlands

Open Future_ Midlands Innovation Birmingham Campus, Holt Street, Birmingham Science Park, Aston, Birmingham B7 4BB

GET IN TOUCH

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