Wednesday,October 24,2018

Telefonica invests $ 32 million in 600 “startups” from 12 countries

Telefonica invests $ 32 million in 600 "startups" from 12 countries

Telefonica invests $ 32 million in 600 “startups” from 12 countries

Investment occurred since 2011 in Telefonica Wayra academies opened in Barcelona, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Dublin, London, Lima, Madrid, Mexico, Munich, Prague, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo.

Wayra , the accelerating digital ventures of the Spanish multinational Telefonica , invested more than 32 million in 600 companies , known as “start – ups” of 12 countries during the first five years of its entry into operation, said Tuesday its director in Peru, Alexander Gomez.
Investment occurred since 2011 in Telefonica Wayra academies opened in Barcelona, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Dublin, London, Lima, Madrid, Mexico, Munich, Prague, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo. 
Among the “startups” or emerging companies, which were supported by Wayra, more than 120 are already working with a company of the Telefónica group , Gomez said during a meeting with journalists. 
“Joint work spaces It opened to democratize the model Wayra, which hitherto was enjoyed by a select group of entrepreneurs. We want to expand opportunity to more entrepreneurs in Peru,” he added. 
He anticipated already in advanced talks with the regional government of Ica, south of the country who are interested in giving infrastructure projects to boost agricultural technology, education and security. 
The director of Wayra Peru announced the launch in the country of Telefonica Open Future , which he defined as an open global program designed to connect entrepreneurs, “startups”, investors and public and private organizations around the world. 
Wayra Peru director explained that success measured by the accomplishments of their entrepreneurs in three dimensions: sales, ability to raise funds and ability to generate value for customers of the Telefonica Group. 
In the first aspect is the application created in Peru to Cinepapaya digital devices , which reaches two million dollars a month in ticket sales for theaters. 
In the second concept emphasizes Busportal, who recently starred in the first sale of shares of Wayra Peru to be purchased by Redbus, the company’s largest bus tickets India and the world.
“This is a great success story and an example of how a ‘startup’ born in Peru to a Peruvian reality could draw the attention of one of the largest companies in the sector globally,” assessed Gomez.
Other “startups” Wayra Peru this year spread to other markets are Crehana , who raised funds for more than $ 730,000 in the UK; Chazki, with $ 400,000 and $ 350,000 Culqi.
Wayra Peru presented at the meeting , three “startups” that begin supporting, titled Shape , network operator that manages, optimizes and improves the performance of YouTube channels; Your Micro, an application to save time to move on public transport in the city, and Mapsalud, which includes data on insurance and health systems. 
Alexander Gomez recalled that when opening the academies of Wayra in Latin America “systems entrepreneurship and innovation in these countries were in full gestation , and today there is already a much more dynamic market for startups, with more actors as incubators, accelerators and universities,among others”.