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22 Jan 2013

Wayra sucesfully brings to a close its first international call

Entrepreneurs from 32 countries, from Turkey to India and Costa Rica, have put forward more than 3.400 new technology projects.

 On 21st of January Wayra successfully brought to a close its first global call for projects, in which it received 3,444 ideas for new technology companies to accelerate. In this first call, which was open and simultaneous, entrepreneurs from 32 countries put forward their initiatives to be developed at the different Wayra academies in Latin America and Europe.

Designed to gain flexibility to deal with changes, efficiency when assessing projects and, above all, further expand its global perspective, this new system of calls for applications allows technology entrepreneurs to put forward a project from anywhere in the world. Over a period of a little more than three weeks, the accelerator received proposals from new digital businesses in sectors such as security, e-commerce, video, mobile applications, e-Health and hardware, to name just some of the categories. Upon completion of the selection process, which involves different stages, from April onwards the selected start-ups will begin their acceleration process at the different Academies to which they presented their projects.
Gonzalo Martín-Villa, CEO of Wayra, stated that this first global call “Manages to give meaning to the true spirit of Wayra, which is to provide more opportunities for talent, regardless of where it comes from, to find a way to grow. When we decided to change our call model, we had no doubt that the response would be great. Now, not only do we receive proposals from the countries in which we are now based, but also from others, which offers us a much more diverse perspective. Capturing the interest of entrepreneurs from India, Russia and Panama, to name just a few, gives us a greater responsibility as a global accelerator”.

Before the second half of the year, Wayra will re-launch this global search for talent, to continue to detect new and transforming business ideas in the digital arena.