m4d innovation fund

Mobile for Development Innovation Funds


GSMA Mobile for Development currently runs three Innovation Funds, which aim to foster innovation in mobile technology in order to increase socio-economic impact. Successful grantees receive grant funding as well as mentoring, technical assistance and opportunities to build partnerships in the mobile industry.

The Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund provides funding for projects that use mobile technology to assist and empower individuals or communities affected by humanitarian emergencies, or to strengthen prevention, preparedness and response in disaster contexts.

The Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund provides selected start-ups in Africa and Asia with grant funding and the opportunity to partner with mobile operators in their markets to help scale their products and services into sustainable businesses.

The Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund aims to test and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services.

The Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity aims to support innovative mobile internet connectivity solutions for unconnected rural communities in Ghana or Uganda.