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Crowdcube teams up with Telefónica’s Wayra UK Accelerator to propel startups to venture success

  • Tuesday 27th June 2017
  • by Partners

Crowdcube is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Wayra UK that creates an exciting platform for startups and entrepreneurs to access a wealth of knowledge, coaching and venture opportunities to take their fast-growth companies to the next level.

Wayra is the world’s largest corporate acceleration programme, on a mission to democratise entrepreneurship opportunities throughout the world, and Wayra UK helps identify, develop, promote, and scale UK-based startups by leveraging Telefónica’s global resources.

This new partnership is the perfect way for Crowdcube to add value and help Wayra startups scale even faster via diversified routes to capital. Wayra helps entrepreneurs overcome problems and develop technologies to solve important issues, and the more support founders can get around how to raise and navigate their funding journey, the better.

Gary Stewart, Head of the accelerator programme at Wayra UK, pictured above said: 

"Finding and accessing capital is one of the hardest tasks for any startup. With Crowdcube’s help, our entrepreneurs will have more options, potentially removing one of the obstacles preventing their businesses from scaling and going global.”

Through this relationship, Crowdcube’s Equity Coaches will plug into Wayra’s highly regarded accelerator programme, with hands-on workshops, Venture Labs and Founder Talks. This new partnership is in line with Crowdcube’s vision of helping early-stage teams get all the resources they need to execute smart venture strategies, raising anything from £50k to £5m.

Startups inside Wayra will benefit from hands-on learning sessions that shed light on ways to strategically tap into the largest equity investor base in Europe, alongside powerful VC networks and angel investors, whilst leveraging the critical customer-investor conversion that flows from equity crowdfunding.

The Wayra programme has built a powerful community of entrepreneurs and a strong network of mentors and industry experts that contribute their specialised knowledge to the progress and acceleration of the startups in the cohort. Through these experts, a packed events calendar and best-in-class facilities, Wayra provides all the tools for teams to achieve scale, create positive social impact and fuel more innovation.

 Exclusive Partnership Perks:

  • Exclusive funding rate when Wayra startups or alumni successfully raise funds on Crowdcube

  • Bespoke Mentoring/Venture Labs and content for Wayra companies

  • Events and Founder Talks with more exciting announcements to come!

 If you are part of Wayra UK's programme or alumni and would like to hear more, please register your interest here.