The innovation arms of Deutsche Telekom (hub:ram), Orange (Orange Fab), Singtel (Singtel Innov8), and Telefónica (Telefónica Open Future) have launched 'Go Ignite' - a new brand for the alliance.
Formed in September 2015, Go Ignite aims to connect the start-up ecosystems across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Go Ignite is now having its first global call for start-ups to enter their projects into one of these five categories: Internet of Things, cyber security, big data analytics, content delivery, and customer experience enhancement.
According to a joint media statement, this programme - which ends 30 April 2016 - seeks to help start-ups find business development opportunities, accelerate the commercialisation of their innovations, and scale their business outside their home market.
Up to five innovative start-ups will be selected, and they stand to benefit from the alliance members' collective resources. These include obtaining insights into different markets, introductions to partners, the use of co-working spaces, potential investment, coaching, mentoring, invitations to start-up showcases and events, and access to the alliance members' operating businesses.
They will also have the opportunity to gain access to Go Ignite alliance members' business units and their collective customer base, which includes enterprises and consumers, equating to over one billion mobile customers across five continents.
"The Go Ignite alliance helps start-ups succeed in multiple markets by providing them with the right resources that are critical for their commercialisation. Selected start-ups can expect access to the alliance's business units and refine their solutions within a sizeable customer base. Combining our resources together, the Go Ignite programme can give start-ups a better chance to scale across markets worldwide," said Edgar Hardless, Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Innov8.
"The ability to help them, at a very operational level, to scale up their development is essential for start-ups, and we can offer them a wealth of services to help them tap into the support and business development opportunities they need at a critical time when speed and agility is of the essence," added Nathalie Boulanger, Start-up Ecosystem Director, Orange.
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