Wayra Fair By Design is the Fund’s acceleration programme, in partnership with Wayra. The programme is based in Wayra’s Open Future_ North facility in Oldham and 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.
Through the programme and accelerator, Wayra UK is supporting grassroots entrepreneurship in Greater Manchester by attracting start-up talent, investment and business mentors from across the UK.
The first cohort of the Wayra Fair By Design Accelerator is graduating towards the end of 2018. We are delighted with the progress that all our incubated businesses have made this year, with significant increases in turnover and profitability, new contracts won, teams expanded and new products launched. We’re now working on the programme for year two in 2019.