Wayra Fair by Design

Del 26 JUL 2017 al 9 OCT Caducado
*** Deadline for the submission of applications extended to 9th October *** Wayra Fair By Design is a new acceleration programme that will tackle the poverty premium: where people in poverty pay more for many everyday goods and services – such as energy, insurance, borrowing, transport and food – than those who can more easily afford them. The programme, which will be based in Wayra’s Open Future_ North facility in Oldham, will support up to seven start-ups a year. Start-ups accepted to the programme will receive the equivalent of £70,000 in cash and business services, including working space at Open Future_ North and access to investors, mentors and coaches – and also potentially to a global audience through business development opportunities with Telefónica.
The programme will invest in and support entrepreneurs who are tackling the problem of poverty premium. Through the new programme and accelerator, Wayra UK will support grassroots entrepreneurship in Greater Manchester and attract start-up talent, investment and business mentors from outside of the region.
Wayra Fair by Design will be funded and supported by the Fair By Design Fund, a partnership between Big Society Capital, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Finance Birmingham and Ascension Ventures.

The fund has £8 million ready to deploy and is seeking to raise up to £20 million to invest into companies tackling the poverty premium, both within the accelerator and in separate investments across the UK.


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Wayra UK is part of Telefónica Open Future_, the open innovation programme that integrates the different initiatives of the whole Telefónica Group related to entrepreneurship and innovation.
Wayra UK gives direct funding, acceleration and pre-acceleration services (such as co-working space, connectivity services, mentoring, access to Wayra UK’s network and knowhow, training in entrepreneurship and business skills) to selected start-ups. Since its launch in 2012, Wayra UK start-ups have raised over $140m in third-party investment.

The Fair By Design Fund will be managed by Finance Birmingham and Ascension Ventures, bringing nationwide reach and infrastructure for companies looking to address the poverty premium – when it costs more to be poor.

The Fund will invest in companies seeking loans and equity funding from Seed through to Series A and beyond, and will share Ascension Ventures and Finance Birmingham’s co-investment philosophy, seeking deal-flow and co-investment opportunities from other funds, VC’s and angel investors. The Fund has £8m ready to deploy, and is seeking to raise up to £20m.