GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech

GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech is now open and we’ve extended the deadline for applications by one week to Friday 23 October. If you have an innovative solution that addresses barriers to digital inclusion of people with disabilities then don’t miss this opportunity from the GSMA, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. 

About the GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech

The GSMA is looking for start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in Africa and Asia that are driving the digital inclusion of people with disabilities by addressing one or more of the following barriers: 

  • Access; 
  • Affordability; 
  • Relevance;
  • Knowledge and skills; and
  • Safety and security. 

Successful projects will receive an equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15- to 18-month period. 

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Today, over one billion people need at least one form of assistive technology (AT), but around 90 per cent do not have adequate access to the AT they require. Digital assistive technologies, particularly mobile-based ATs, have the potential to be a valuable and cost-effective tool for people with disabilities. This fund aims to support innovators of digital ATs and projects that advance the digital inclusion of people with disabilities and advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Funded projects will focus on reducing the gap in access and usage of mobile-enabled products or services, and will look to demonstrate commercially sustainable models that can be scaled and replicated in similar markets. 

We’re particularly interested in start-ups, SMEs and social enterprises that have entrepreneurs with disabilities, female founders, local entrepreneurs and those who can proactively demonstrate their solution reaches women, in addition to people with disabilities, or have solutions that disproportionately and actively reach more women users. 

Additional information

We have extended the deadline for submission of applications by one week to 23:59 GMT+1 on Friday 23 October. If you would like to know more about this round of the GSMA Innovation Fund, you will find more detail in the links below: 

If you have any further questions, please email GSMAIF@gsma.com 

This initiative is currently funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and supported by the GSMA and its members.
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