The GSMA Innovation Fund

The GSMA Innovation Fund supports innovative digital solutions in emerging markets. We believe digital solutions have the power to reduce inequalities within our world by connecting everyone and everything to a better future.

The GSMA has 10 years of experience running innovation funds on a multitude of topics within Mobile for Development and our approach has been to fund projects that are inclusive, have a clear socio-economic impact, are commercially sustainable and have the potential to reach end users at scale.

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Upcoming Innovation Funds

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services NEW

A new round will open for applications in Spring 2021 to scale digital solutions that provide essential urban services to underserved populations from low- and middle-income countries in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. 


Open Innovation Funds

There are no Innovation Funds currently open. Please come back in 2021 for more information.

Closed Innovation Funds

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech

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Aims to drive the digital inclusion of people with disabilities through innovations that address one of the following barriers: access, affordability, relevance, knowledge and skills, and safety and security. 

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion

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Aims to increase mobile internet adoption and usage for the underserved not currently able to use mobile internet services.

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains

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Aims to scale digital solutions for the agricultural last mile and improve smallholders’ financial inclusion, livelihood and climate resilience.

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity

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Aims to support innovative mobile internet connectivity solutions for unconnected rural communities.

The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund

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Aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges.

Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund

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Aims to test and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services.

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

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Aims to scale post-revenue start-ups using mobile to solve local challenges in Asia-Pacific and Africa.

We provide:

  • Grant funding
  • Facilitation of partnerships with mobile operators
  • Mentoring on the use of mobile technology including expert advice
  • Monitoring and evaluation support to help advance SDG outcomes and promote product improvement
  • Opportunity to participate at key global and regional GSMA industry events such as Mobile World Congress Barcelona (global) and the M360 series (regional) to increase your visibility

Connected Society
Ecosystem Accelerator
Mobile for Development Utilities
Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation

Explore the map to learn about our past and current grants and follow the links to read our case studies and key lessons from those that have been completed.

Our latest Innovation Fund:

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