Telefónica's startup initiative: Wayra chooses the best startups
|Wayra picks three startups from the areas smartphone apps, cloud services, social networks, search engines and lifestyle|
|As of September, winners move into the Wayra Academy in Munich|
|Startups benefit from financial and entrepreneurial support|
The following startups succeed with convincing ideas against strong competitors: Naymit is an app which users can mark locations without a street name and number on a map with photos and descriptions. Other users can look for location based on these individual names and find it easily. With ImmoMatch landlord and tenant get a platform that works similar to a dating portal in principle. They can search different applicant profiles for a real estate and then find the ideal counterpart. Hapticom developed the first smartphone for blind and deaf people to increase their quality of life. As of September, the winning startups will move into the Wayra Academy in the center of Munich and can enjoy support from many experts and entrepreneurs who help them with their expertise to further develop their ideas. Apart from that, the startups will receive a starting capital of 40,000 Euros, valuable relations and the possibility to jointly work on their innovations in state-of-the-art offices. By the end of their time at the Wayra Academy, the young entrepreneurs can prove themselves to investors on a DemoDay and thereby care for further financial support for their projects.
|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 working space and the financing required to accelerate their growth. Already present in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, Perú, Czech Republic and Venezuela, Wayra's calls for projects have received more than 20,000 applications from new digital businesses, making it one of the leading global platforms for identifying technological talent in the ICT world. Its academies in Bogotá, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Lima, Madrid, Barcelona, Caracas, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Munich, London, Dublin, and soon to be opened in Prague, have accelerated or are in the process of acceleration more than 240 startups. Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG, listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the Prime Standard, and its wholly-owned, operationally active subsidiary Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belong to Telefónica Europe and are part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The company offers its German private and business customers post-paid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS, UMTS and LTE technologies with its product brand O2. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed Internet. Telefónica Europe has more than 102 million mobile and fixed network customers in Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.|