Telefónica’s startup accelerator network Wayra has announced its first 10 teams for a brand-new programme designed for “digital social ventures”. London-based Wayra UnLtd is the 14th Wayra Academy and the only one that is focused solely on startups that make “a positive social impact”. Interestingly, the project is 50 per cent funded by the UK Government’s Social Incubator Fund.
The call was for “amazing digital startups that have the power to improve society – we want to accelerate businesses that do good”. The teams will join the programme in September and will begin the programme in a newly built space located below the existing Wayra Academy in London. The startups teams will each be given up to eight months of physical incubation, £40,000 of seed funding (on average), mentoring and exclusive access to Telefónica’s network.
The announcement coincides with the appointment of the latest board member – angel investor and board advisor, Sherry Coutu. She joins an all-female board which includes Natalie Campbell, trustee of UnLtd, and Charmaine Eggberry, Academy Director Wayra London.
The full list of Wayra UnLtd winners
Discoverables: Helping young people improve their soft skills to get into meaningful jobs through online tools
DNAdigest: Enabling open access secure data sharing for the benefit of genomics research. Securing the data – sharing the knowledge
Karisma Kidz: Improving emotional intelligence in a fun and engaging way thats accessible and appealing to children
Know Maths: Embracing technology to make one-to-one learning available to more students than ever before
Lingoing: An innovative online system that provides an easy, straightforward and value for money way to source Language Services Professionals
MySupportAssistant: Matching people with care and support needs with people who can provide it
Provenance: An online platform for transparency, helping people buy things from real people and places through a union of open data with eCommerce
Skin Analytics: Improving healthcare by turning smartphones into data-collection devices and giving GPs more information to aid diagnosis.
StudentFunder: By making it safer and easier to invest in people, StudentFunder improves access to education employment and enterprise.
The DoNation: A social tool to encourage behaviour change, building a nation of Doers through #DonateByDoing & #DoGood4Biz
Image credit: Phil Campbell