Startup accelerator Wayra selects its class of 2013

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Dan Martin
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A dating app and a restaurant delivery service are among the 17 small companies selected to join the London academy of Wayra, Telefonica's international network of accelerators for technology startups.

From 3,444 applications across 32 countries, 30 finalists competed at O2's headquarters in Slough to win a place at the London academy during a three-day pitch process known as Wayra Week.

Each winning startup will receive up to €40,000 in funding which may convert into a minority shareholding for Telefonica, typically between 5%-10%.

They will also be given access to a rent-free work space at the UK academy in central London and mentoring from entrepreneurs, legal experts, financial advisors and angel investors. 

The winners are:

  • TicketingHub is a technology focused B2B cloud ticketing platform, which specialises in the management of sales and inventory of tickets.
  • TankTop TV: Life's too short for boring TV. TankTop TV builds the easiest way to find great content to watch, from all the on-demand sources.
  • Songdrop is web application for people to store, play and share the music they stream online.
  • Narrato: All your adventures, organized and backed up. Perfect for revisiting or selectively sharing.
  • GoCarShare: A marketplace for empty car seats with a trusted community using Facebook.
  • Eventstagram shows beautiful, live, customisable Instagram slideshows for events such as weddings, conferences, festivals and corporate events
  • Peekster is a mobile application and basically a bridge between analog printed media and internet.
  • Sponsor Craft is a Kickstarter for education. We help students crowdfund their projects, ideas, and events by connecting them to alumni, friends, and family.
  • Dattch is the first dating app built exclusively for lesbian, bi & curious women. See who’s nearby & wants to meet to get yourself a date.
  • Removalstars is a price comparison and online booking space for removals.
  • JollyDeck is an effective system for gamification of learning and knowledge examination in enterprises.
  • iHELP is a mobile application and platform with the mission to increase safety and provide effective help in any type of emergency
  • Ensygnia is a patented process to scan images to trigger actions such as payments or registrations. Enygnia’s OneScan app makes it easy to login or make payments with just OneScan.
  • Munch delivers good restaurant food from Wagamama, Pizza Express, Nando's, GBK, Gaucho etc right to your front door!
  • SaaSAssurance helps organisations gain ISO certification at a lower cost.
  • EI Technologies strive to be the leader in solutions that are able to assess, identify, predict and respond to the emotions of consumers
  • Gordon Games delivers Enterprise Gamification for knowledge workers and call centres

Wayra Week 2013 coincided with the appointment of new UK academy director, Charmaine Eggberry who started her first company while at school. Several companies later she joined RIM and helped it become a multi-billion dollar business across 44 countries. 

"We've invested in 17 start-ups and we're proud that more than a third of our winning founders are women," Eggberry said.

"I'm truly excited to take up this new opportunity as director of Wayra UK to continue to build on the phenomenal success of the programme to date. Wayra is an incredibly special and unique accelerator with a clear focus on supporting world class talent as well as their world class ideas. That's an exciting journey to be a part of."

Eggberry replaces Ashley Stockwell, who took the reins in 2012. He helped mentor and develop the original 19 start-ups, many of which have seen notable successes during their time at the academy. TaskHub, an online community hub and social marketplace, has received a six figure investment from Telefónica and nine other start-ups have been invested in by third parties. 

As well as the UK, Wayra has academies in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

Our amazing winners! #wwuk#wayraWeek twitter.com/WayraUK/status…

— Wayra UK (@WayraUK) March 28, 2013

About Dan Martin

About Dan Martin

Dan Martin has 10 years experience as a journalist writing about entrepreneurs and the issues that affect them.

After three years working as a researcher for Sky News, he joined BusinessEurope.com as a reporter. This was followed by two years working as news editor for Startups.co.uk during which time Dan also contributed to Growing Business magazine. In 2006, he joined Sift Media as business editor before being promoted to editor of BusinessZone.co.uk. He also has responsibility for UK Business Forums, the UK’s most active online forums for small business entrepreneurs. In addition, Dan founded The Pitch, BusinessZone.co.uk's nationwide competition for small business owners. He host the grand finals in 2009 and 2010 in front of an audience of 300. 

As well as interviewing many entrepreneurs, Dan has written content for leading business organisations such as the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, British Chambers of Commerce, Forum of Private Business, Investors in People and Business Link for London. Among the publications that have quoted Dan are The Times, Mail On Sunday, Financial Times, Personnel Today and Bristol Evening Post. His articles have also been published by publications including eGov Monitor, Virgin Express in-flight magazine and Personal Success.

Dan regularly speaks at events about small business and social media issues. Among the events he has presented at are the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies' annual conference, Learning Technologies, Publishing Expo and World of Learning. He has also chaired high profile debates featuring senior representatives from Business Link and the Federation of Small Businesses and Dragons' Den judge James Caan.

Dan was named the 10th most influential political blogger on Twitter by the Independent and won the public award for best B2B tweeter at the Golden Twits 2010. He also organised the Bristol Twestival, part of a global Twitter driven charity initiative, in February 2009 and March 2010. Volunteers from 175 cities around the world organised events using the social network. In total, $350,000 was raised for charity: water in 2009 and $500,000 for Concern in 2010. In Bristol, £1,500 and £5,600 was raised.

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