The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund aims to build collaboration between start-ups and mobile operators.

Through collaboration, mobile operators overcome challenges innovating in emerging markets, and start-ups overcome challenges preventing them from scaling.

Applications for the first round of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund closed on 18th September 2016. Successful start-ups will be announced early 2017.

Applications for the next round will open in 2017.



Successful start-ups receive:

  • Funding: grants between GBP 100,000 and GBP 250,000
  • Mobile-focused mentoring and bespoke technical assistance
  • Opportunities to build partnerships with mobile operators where relevant


This initiative is funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID), and supported by the GSMA and its members.

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