Wayra seeks 10 digital start-ups for Dublin incubator

25 Apr 2013

Projects celebrate their acceptance into the Wayra Academy in Dublin following the first call for applications last year

Wayra, Telefónica’s global start-up accelerator, is on the lookout for up to 10 digital start-ups to develop and commercialise their ideas at its Dublin accelerator.

The incubator, which opened a Dublin base at O2’s headquarters on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay last September, has already helped accelerate 11 new ventures.

In addition to Dublin, seven other Wayra academies around the globe are accepting applications from start-ups. The other academies are in Madrid, Munich, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Santiago and Mexico City.

According to Karl Aherne, director of Wayra Ireland, up to 10 places will be available at the Dublin base.

In this call, Wayra is homing in on start-ups that have ideas for products and solutions in the areas of analytics (big data and machine-to-machine), mobile (applications for HTML5) or cloud computing solutions (virtualisation or XaaS). However, the start-up academy is open to any kind of proposal in the fields of technological innovation.

The selected projects will each get €40,000 in financing, access to expert mentors and workspace for up to nine months for their teams at Wayra Dublin. Each start-up will also have the scope to access Telefónica Group’s businesses worldwide.

Aherne said the new call demonstrates a “significant commitment” to entrepreneurs and commercial innovation in Ireland by providing resources and expertise to start-ups in a collaborative environment.

The closing date for start-ups to get their applications into Wayra is 26 May.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic