Ecosystem Accelerator

Ecosystem Accelerator

Realising the potential of mobile innovation at scale

Our mission is to build synergies between start-ups and mobile operators, with the aim to scale innovative and sustainable mobile services in emerging markets.

Despite an increasing number of mobile products and services in emerging markets, reaching scale is still a challenge for most. The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator works to bridge the gap between operators and innovators, enabling strong partnerships that support the growth of commercially sustainable mobile products and services.

By opening the dialogue between innovators and operators, the programme helps operators contribute their assets and expertise to the most promising ideas. This will in turn support innovators to secure the funding and direction they require in order to bring their products and services to scale.

In fostering these partnerships, we can bring the most impactful mobile solutions to the people and places that need them most, generating the greatest socio-economic impact.

Latest Publications

Scaling Digital Innovation in Emerging Economies


Thursday 6 Apr 2023 | Bangladesh | Benin | Cote d'Ivoire | Digital Utilities | East Asia and Pacific | Ecosystem Accelerator | English | Ghana | Indonesia | Innovation Fund | Kenya | Mali | Mobile for Development | Nepal | Niger | Nigeria | Pakistan | Report | Research | Resource | Senegal | South Africa | South Asia | Sri Lanka | Tanzania | Uganda | Zambia |

This report outlines scale in the context of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and looks back on the catalytic role that GSMA played in providing early-stage capital and support for 21 start-ups in Africa and Asia.

The state of mobile-enabled climate technology in Indonesia


Thursday 20 Oct 2022 | Climate | Ecosystem Accelerator | Frontier Technology | Indonesia | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile Innovation Hub | Report | Resilient technology | Resource |

The report presents an overview of the current use of mobile-enabled technology solutions in Indonesia, investigates barriers encountered that hinder the adoption of solutions, and explores the potential approaches to unlocking novel climate responses.

Building ecosystems: identifying tech start-up enablers in ASEAN


Thursday 23 Jun 2022 | Building the financial ecosystem | East Asia and Pacific | Ecosystem Accelerator | English | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Policy and regulation | Public-Private | Report | Research | Resource |

This report identifies and analyses the main ecosystem enablers for a thriving tech start-up economy in ASEAN low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Scaling digital platforms through partnerships: The value of collaboration between mobile operators and digital platforms in emerging economies


Wednesday 31 Mar 2021 | East Asia and Pacific | Ecosystem Accelerator | English | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Report | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Digital platforms, defined as technology-enabled business models that create value by facilitating exchanges between two or more interdependent groups, have the potential to transform emerging economies in Africa and Southeast Asia by ...

The Ecosystem Accelerator programme is supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Australian Government, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GSMA and its members.