Second Wayra UnLtd Call:
11th February – 9th March 2014

A ground-breaking new partnership between UnLtd, the world's largest supporter of social entrepreneurs, and Wayra, Telefonica's global tech start-up accelerator programme. 50% funded by the UK Government.

Wayra UnLtd is the first Wayra Academy focused on start-ups that make a positive social impact. The Academy is based in London, in the same building as our Wayra UK Academy, and we are looking for up to 10 start-ups to join the Wayra Family, as the second cohort of the Wayra UnLtd programme.

Deadline for applications is 23:59 9th March 2014

What do we offer?
  Physical incubation for up to 8 months each in a purpose-built Wayra UnLtd Academy

Seed-funding of £40,000 per team structured as a convertible loan

World class coaching and mentoring, from Telefonica staff, the UnLtd team and our partners

Support on monitoring and showcasing the impact of your work

Access to a global network of 13 existing Wayra Academies and the amazing talent within them

Fast-track access to influential decision makers in the public, private and third sectors and second round investors

The potential to unlock the power of 300 million Telefónica customers globally

Access to follow-on investors

What kind of product are we looking for?
  Our mission is to find the best digital talent in the world and accelerate their ideas.

We are looking for amazing digital start-ups that have the power to improve society. We want to accelerate businesses that do good – for example, your idea may fit into one of the following sectors: digital inclusion, education, e-learning, employment, environment, health and social innovation. This is by no means an exhaustive list of possible categories; we are looking for anything that supports and improves people’s lives, communities or society as a whole.

More specifically, we are looking for start-ups that are registered (or are happy to register their start-up) as a UK Business, and we are typically looking for start-ups that are less than 2 years old and have received no more than £200k worth of state aid funding either from the UK Government or from the European Union.

Please see our FAQs for more detail.


About Wayra

Wayra is a Telefónica initiative whose main aim is to promote innovation and identify talent in Latin America and Europe in the fields of Internet and new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Its global project acceleration model helps entrepreneurs develop, providing them with technological tools, qualified mentors, a cutting-edge work space and the financing required to accelerate their growth.

UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs and offers the largest such network in the world. We resource over 1,000 individuals each year through our core Awards programmes which impact many tens of thousands. We operate a unique model by investing directly in the individual and provide a package of resources, from funding to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.

UnLtd delivered the Big Venture Challenge pilot programme, starting in October 2011. UnLtd is the trading name for The Foundation for social entrepreneurs, a company limited by guarantee. Company No. 4180639. Registered Charity No. 1090393.