Telecom network operators Singtel, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica have joined hands to support the start-up ecosystems across Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
The start-up innovation arms of these global telecoms aim to catalyze the growth of start-ups and launching them beyond their home markets.
Selected start-ups will have the benefit of tapping into the resources and network of the four leading communications companies. This includes market insights, introductions to partners, the use of co-working spaces and access to the companies’ operating businesses.
Selected start-ups may also have the opportunity to gain access to the operators’ collective mobile customer base of over one billion people across four continents.
Edgar Hardless, CEO, Singtel Innov8, Nathalie Boulanger, Start-up Ecosystem Director, Orange, Min-Kin Mak, VP, hub:raum, Deutsche Telekom and Ana Segurado, managing director of Telefonica are driving the new initiative.