The innovation arms of Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel, and Telefónica – hub:raum, Orange Fab, Singtel Innov8 and Telefónica Open Future – have opened applications for their global startup programme.
Called Go Ignite, the programme is aimed at connecting the startup ecosystems across Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
The inaugural edition held last year, and was open to growth stage startups with innovations in IoT, big data analytics, content delivery, cyber security, or customer experience enhancement. About five startups were selected as winners.
This year’s edition seeks startups with market-ready solutions in Consumer Experience Artificial Intelligence, Connected Homes, and Internet-of-Things Security .
The winners will have their solutions refined and strategies sharpened through a two-day training session with experts in telco innovation, technologies and investments practices.
They will receive mentoring expertise, contacts, office space, event support, and given access to combined market of more than 1.2 billion customers.
Also, they will form business partnerships with the four telcos and introduced to telcos’ key decision makers and venture capital firms, where successful startups will receive funding to grow their business.
“The Go Ignite alliance has been working with the winners of the first global call to deploy their solutions across various regions. Building on this momentum, we are excited to launch the second global call to engage more start-ups and accelerate the commercialisation of selected solutions,” said Mr Edgar Hardless, Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Innov8.
He added, “Together with the four telcos’ collective resources and large customer base, we have also enhanced the benefits for selected winners of the Go Ignite Second Global Call to help them bring their innovations quicker to the market.”
African startups interested in the programme should apply by 30 April 2017. They must be in the growth stage and have a market-ready solution. Up to five winners will be selected.
 Consumer Experience AI refers to the use of new technology to provide personalised customer support or new forms of customer interaction. Connected Homes are solutions that use software or hardware to enhance smart living or connectivity, while IoT Security leverages new technologies to keep vehicles, industries, smart homes and smart cities safe.