GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the GSMA Innovation Fund. Applications are now closed and we are no longer accepting new submissions.

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About the GSMA Innovation Fund for Driving Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion

The GSMA is looking for start-ups and SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia that are helping people get online for the first time using mobile internet. Winning projects will receive an an equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15- to 18-month period.

The mobile industry connects over 3.5 billion citizens to the internet across the globe and continues to lead efforts on digital inclusion by connecting more people every day. Despite this, there is still a ‘usage gap’ of 3.3 billion people covered by mobile broadband networks who are not using mobile internet services. These citizens tend to belong to the most marginalised groups and are disproportionately rural, female and illiterate. If current trends continue, more than 40 per cent of the population in low- and middle-income countries will still be offline in 2025.

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion aims to support innovative solutions to increasing mobile internet adoption and use for those currently not using mobile internet services.

Funded projects will focus on innovations that overcome a number of the barriers to mobile internet adoption including Accessibility, Affordability, Digital Skills and Safety and Security, and will look to demonstrate commercially sustainable models that can be scaled and replicated in similar environments. We’re particularly interested in start-ups and SMEs that can proactively demonstrate that their solution reaches women as well as men, or who have solutions that disproportionately reach women.

 

Additional Information

Applications are now closed but if would like to know more about this round of the GSMA Innovation Fund for informational purposes, you will find more detail in the links below:

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


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