London 2020 Programme

Wayra London is our flagship programme. We invest primarily in start-ups that could bring new revenues, innovation and transformation to Telefónica globally and O2 locally.

Our global Wayra footprint gives your start-up the route to scale and trade anywhere in the world, focused on getting results.

Run by entrepreneurs who started just like you, together with experts and investors who’ve seen it all, to give you dedicated time over nine months to achieve the results you need.

ChargedUp Case Study

CONTEXT - ChargedUp was launched to the market in August 2018 and joined the Wayra London programme in February 2019. By then, they had stations across 250 venues in London only and the app was downloaded by 18k users. ChargedUp has had success with exhibitions and events and has gained sponsorship from some household brands including WeWork and BrewDog. Their request was to scale their business nation-wide.
SOLUTION - Wayra has helped ChargedUp to scale their business providing tailored mentoring and giving them access to our insane network of partners. In July this year, ChargedUp became part of O2’s loyalty platform, Priority. With access millions of customers across the entire country, ChargedUp now provides O2 customers with one-hour free onthe-go phone charging.
RESULTS - Today, ChargedUp is Europe’s first and largest network of mobile power-bank rental stations powered by green energy. They have over 1500 stations across the UK and the app has had over 250,000 downloads. The company value has grown to £20M. Since launching with O2 on Priority, over 30,000 hours of free charging has been recorded through Priority.

You must be a tech start-up. Not a lifestyle business or SME.

We invest anywhere UP to Pre-Series A, though we rarely invest in ideas or start-ups without a minimum viable product.

We want start-ups that can go on to conquer the world, even if focused locally at present. We need a global mindset.

We look for disruptive ideas, technology and business models that can radically change the way we think about a market. We are not looking for incremental improvements.

We do look for things that do have fit with our parent company, Telefónica. Do some research as to what this might be and think creatively.

That said, you do not have to have a direct link with telecoms – we want to see the best start-ups first and foremost!

Most importantly, we look for passionate, smart, talented teams of entrepreneurs who we believe can go and execute to an exceptional standard.


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What we offer

Wayra's investment

Wayra's Investor Network

Telefónica business development


Office space


Dedicated mentors



Our previous cohort alumni

What can you expect from Wayra’s programme?

Investment via cash and services

Co-working space in Piccadilly for your team for 9 months (max 8 people per team)

A gold class program for 9 months designed around your business needs and for you and your growth as a founder

Mentoring, coaching and guidance to help you develop your business

Access to Wayra’s global network in 10 countries with potential investors and acquirers.

Access to Telefónica’s global networkin 15 countries and over 352 million customers.

Access to Wayra’s global community of alumni, founders, mentors, investors in residence and coaches

Potential trials with Telefónica/o2

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