Is cool more important than capable?

By Alex Achucarro: Mobility Specialist, Telefónica Digital In the past, almost all technology we used was utilitarian. It didn’t matter how it made you feel, so long as you were able to do the job in hand. Cars were boxes that took you from A to B, houses had 4 walls and a roof, mobile phones had a … more »

HRH The Prince of Wales at Wayra UK to highlight the importance of social action among the young

HRH The Prince of Wales will meet leaders from across the business, education and voluntary sectors at start-up academy. Only 40% of 10-20 year olds in the UK currently participating in social action. Wayra UK has helped 100,000 beneficiaries through investing in social ventures, which have raised £12.5M investment in three years. London, Tuesday 17 … more »

Wayra seeks new start-ups

The new call for projects will be open until 5 October, with places available in academies in 6 countries Wayra, Telefónica’s international start-up accelerator, announced today that it is opening a new global call for disruptive digital start-ups.  Interested start-ups will have until 5 October to apply, at, for a place in one of … more »

O2 Business brings 'Innovate Finance' launch to the masses

Last week Chancellor George Osborne delivered a speech at level 39, Canary Wharf, focussing on consumer financial services. More specifically he spoke about the future of this industry, which has become so closely interweaved with the fate of the UK economy. According to the chancellor, the key to the prosperity of this sector is the … more »

O2 launches social action crowdfunding platform

Did you know that O2 supports 5476 big ideas through our Think Big programme up and down the country? Through Think Big we offer young people a grant of £300 to help kick-start their ideas and run projects which grow and benefit their local communities. Those that are successful receive further funding of up to … more »

Think Big supports UK focus on digital skills

We caught up with Head of Sustainability at O2, Bill Eyres, and Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP at the launch of the Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World report to talk about the importance of developing digital skills in young people, and how big businesses like ours can help. Our 2013 report on The Future … more »

Wayra Selects Youngest Ever Entrepreneur

  Discovered at Campus Party 2013 by Telefónica COO 23 year old’s app selected out of 250 submissions to Telefónica’s Wayra UnLtd Acceleration Programme ‘Pocket Explorers’ App created to evoke creativity in children and encourage physical activity in the great outdoors Telefónica-Think Big, London 26 June, 2014:  During the latest call Wayra start-ups across the … more »