November 25, 2019

Wayra UK - Telefónica's global innovation arm – proves to be a successful global business developer for its portfolio of companies. 80% of start- ups from the 2019 UK’s cohort are currently doing trials or have signed contracts with Telefónica, generating new revenues streams for these start-ups and taking advantage of Telefónica’s 346m customers around the world. Across the entire portfolio, there has been 136 trials and/or contracts which have generated $18m in revenues for Wayra UK’s portfolio of start-ups.

Five start-ups from the 2019 London programme: ChargedUp, Ori, Stasher, Guuru, Sensing Feeling - will be showcasing in a Demo Day event on Thursday 28th November at The Conduit in Mayfair. Demo Day marks the end of nine-month programme and will comprise of short pitches followed by networking.

ChargedUp is Europe’s first and largest network of mobile power-bank rental stations powered by green energy. In July this year, they became part of Priority, O2’s loyalty platform. With access to millions of customers across the entire country, ChargedUp now provides O2 customers with one-hour free on-the-go phone charging. Since launching, over 30,000 hours of free charging has been recorded through the platform, and they have signed a contract potentially worth 7 figures.

Wayra has also opened global business opportunities for Ori, a next-generation cloud computing, and Sensing Feeling, a computer vision company detecting real- time emotion, are both undertaking product trials with Telefónica in Spain. Guuru, an AI customer service company is currently working with O2 in Germany, where they are providing customer-to-customer live chats.

According to Wayra UK’s Director, Gary Stewart "Start-ups are looking for money, either via investment or via income, and we have proved we can do both pretty well. Our 190 UK companies have raised $292m in investments but what really differentiates us is that our start-ups have also made $18m in revenue just from contracts with Telefónica”.

The Health Hub

The Health Hub is a unique new partnership between Wayra UK and Novartis UK launched in 2019. Co-designed together with the NHS, it empowers and enables health-tech start-ups to accelerate innovative solutions to address today’s healthcare challenges. The three start-ups from the first cohort - TestCard, ExSeed, Virtue Health - will also have their Demo Day, together with the London’s programme start- ups.

TestCard has created a ‘Postcard’ with an embedded, pull-out urine test, which together with a mobile app, provides immediate results. Since joining the Health Hub, they have gained access to 2.5m patients through a NHS CCG.

The Demo Day features a keynote speech from Bindi Karia, one of the earliest Wayra UK supporters, an innovation expert, advisor and super-connector of people and businesses. Wayra’s Demo Day is invite-only.

WHAT: Wayra’s London and the Health Hub Demo Day.

WHO: Wayra UK, Telefónica's open innovation hub and Novartis UK.

WHERE: The Conduit, Mayfair, Central London.

WHEN: 28th November, from 12 PM to 4 PM

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Victor Aloi, victor.aloic@wayra.org or +44 7716 912 117.


At Wayra UK, we democratise entrepreneurship. We do this by providing unparalleled access to networks and capital that turn start-ups into scale-ups while ensuring that our cohorts reflect the diversity of the UK and, indeed, the world. Our 190 portfolio companies have a combined value of near $1bn and have had  136 trials with Telefónica, generating $18m in revenue for our portfolio of start-ups.

Add to this a further 7 programmes that have supported 94 start-ups in 6 cities throughout the UK, and it becomes clear why it is said that Wayra UK is Great Britain’s only truly national innovation programme. We bring world-class start-ups not only to Telefónica globally and O2 locally but also to our network of partners, including Cisco, Novartis, Ferrovial, Hyundai, Bosch, Innogy, Network Rail and the British Government via the GCHQ and NCSC. In each case, our primary aim is to find new sources of revenue and/or innovation.

We are part of the larger Wayra network. At Wayra, we scale start-ups. We offer start-ups access not only to investment but also to business development opportunities with some of the world’s largest companies, including our parent company, Telefónica. Wayra operates in 10 countries, mostly in Latin America (i.e., Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela) and Europe (i.e., Germany, Spain and the UK). This makes us one of the world’s most global, connected and technological innovation hubs.


Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization and number of customers with a comprehensive offering and quality of connectivity that is delivered over world class fixed, mobile  and broadband networks. As a growing company, it prides itself on providing a differential experience based both on its corporate values and a public position that defends customer interests.

The company has a significant presence in 14 countries and over 346 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefónica is a 100% listed company and its shares are traded on the Spanish Stock Market and those in New York and Lima.


Novartis is reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. As a leading global medicines company, we use innovative science and digital technologies to create transformative treatments in areas of great medical need. In our quest to find new medicines, we consistently rank among the world’s top companies investing in research and development. Novartis products reach more than 800 million people  globally and we are finding innovative ways to expand access to our latest treatments.

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