Wayra Dublin start-up accelerator makes last call for new entries

21 May 2013

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Entrepreneurs seeking financing, mentorship and workspace have only a few days left to apply for a spot on the next round of Wayra Dublin, Telefónica’s start-up accelerator.

Entrepreneurs may submit their digital ideas and businesses until midnight on 26 May for a chance to win one of up to 10 places at Wayra Dublin in O2’s headquarters in Dublin’s Docklands.

Most start-ups that have participated in Wayra Dublin to date are businesses that innovate by making the most of new technologies and the advantages the internet has to offer.

The start-ups selected to take part in Wayra Dublin will receive financing of €40,000, expert mentors, dedicated workspace for up to nine months for their teams at Wayra Dublin, and commercial terms with technology suppliers, including Amazon, Google, PayPal and Microsoft.

In addition, each business has the potential to access Telefónica Group’s businesses worldwide.

Entrepreneurs will also join Wayra’s investor, partner and expert network in different parts of the world.

Investor Day on 11 June

Wayra kicked off in Ireland in September 2012 and has already accelerated 11 new companies in different areas of internet and new technologies.

Prior to those 11 start-ups leaving Wayra this summer, an Investor Day is being held in Wayra Dublin on 11 June, at which time each of the start-ups will pitch their business ideas to major investors seeking investment opportunities in high-growth markets.

More than 100 investors and start-up players are expected to attend on the day. Liam Casey, founder and CEO of PCH International, is to deliver the keynote address.

Wayra began operating in April 2011 and since then has received more than 17,000 proposals through its calls for technological businesses and has financed more than 230 new companies to the tune of more than €7.5m.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic