Wayra UK is a world-leading start-up accelerator programme. Since 2012, it has helped 177 British and Irish start-ups take their businesses to the next level, helping them raise approximately $207m in third-party funding.

In addition to our successful London accelerator, Wayra UK runs programmes to encourage start-up development in Cheltenham, Milton Keynes and Greater Manchester, as part of our mission to democratise entrepreneurship throughout the UK.

Wayra UK has also partnered with some of the world’s leading organisations - including Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD) UK, the Transport Systems Catapult, and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) - to help generate growth, create positive societal impact and fuel innovation in specific sectors.

Wayra UK is part of Telefónica Open Future_, the global corporate entrepreneurship network that is transforming the world through open innovation and supports over 1,400 companies worldwide.


Total start-ups accelerated

Third-party investment raised

Total valuation of Wayra UK companies

Start-up trials/contracts with Telefónica

Jobs created


Number of our start-ups with female founders


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


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


Our coaches provide in-depth, practical business advice


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


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

Success Stories

Hear From Our Supporters

  • HRH The Prince of Wales
    "I’m grateful to Wayra for supporting social innovation."
    HRH The Prince of Wales
  • will.i.am
    "Wayra is giving birth to a new generation of digital rock stars!"
  • HRH The Duke of York
    "Wayra provides facilities, mentoring and events like Demo Day to accelerate businesses into the real world."
    HRH The Duke of York
  • Foreign Secretary
    Boris Johnson
    "I’ve seen the future and it’s Wayra!"
    Boris Johnson
    Foreign Secretary
  • Investor & Entrepreneur
    Debbie Wosskow
    "Wayra has become an absolute brand-name in terms of turning out quality start-ups."
    Debbie Wosskow
    Investor & Entrepreneur
  • Deputy Mayor of London for Business
    Rajesh Agrawal
    "The work that Wayra is doing is creating clusters and communities, putting entrepreneurs together, and this is what makes London such a great hub for technology"
    Rajesh Agrawal
    Deputy Mayor of London for Business
  • Techworld
    "Wayra UK - Incubator of the Year, 2017"