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Social change is the focus of new Wayra UnLtd tech incubator

Telefónica and UnLtd, a support provider for social entrepreneurs, have announced a technology incubator specifically for digital social ventures, to be located at a brand new central London Academy. The announcement was made on Thurday alongside a call for applications to the new Academy, which will open this summer

Research undertaken by the two companies revealed that 1 in 6 technology start-ups have a social focus. Data came from a random sample of 200 global applications made to Telefónica’s mainstream incubator for technology start-ups, the Wayra Academy. 

The study of Wayra’s applicants also found that people aged 50-64 are most likely to be socially conscious, with 37% of applicants in this age group proposing a ‘socially focused’ idea. 

Zoe Peden of Insane Logic, whihc produces educational software and tools to help children and adults communicate more effectively, has received support from both Wayra and UnLtd. She said: There is plenty of room in this market for more digitally-focussed start-ups attacking social problems and this collaboration will really help to grow more of us!”

The new venture has received funding from the Government’s Social Incubator Fund, aimed at acceleratingh early stage digital social ventures.

Wayra's new call for start-ups centred around digital social enterprise will run until June. Successful applicants  will be awarded an average £40,000 of funding, mentored and given access to some of Telefónica’s best business minds to develop and grow their venture. More details can be found here. 

Wayra is also running a general call for start-ups to apply to all of its academies, until 26 May 2013. More info here: http://wayra.org/joinus/

 
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