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March AperoEntrepreneur at the Wayra Academy the O2/Telefonica-sponsored incubator


Last week, I attended the monthly March Apero Entrepreneur at the Wayra Academy the O2/Telefonica-sponsored incubator.

Should you not have heard anything about Wayra here is a brief description: the Tottenham Court Road space houses 16 new start-ups which are picked from a pool of over 1,000 applicants. Wayra opened their 1st incubator/accelerator in the UK in 2012 and has 10 existing spots in South America and Spain.

The Huffington Post says “From a social network to store and timeline your memories, to a tool aiming to replace passwords with pictures, the London hub looks set to become yet another centre of invention in the already growing start-up community

The lucky few (for a full list, click here) receive up to 50,000 euros in investment and an office for the following 9 months, whilst Wayra takes a 10% stake in each business.

BUT back to the networking event! The guest speaker was French entrepreneur Julien Callède – cofounder and COO of – who gave us a better insight of his experience, how he set the business up, the problems he faced in the past and the issues arising after 3 years of existence.

After his presentation, 6 entrepreneurs delivered short-pitches followed by Q&A. Then, networking resumed around drinks.
The pitchers were:
Emily Mackay, of
Elco Jol, of
Drummond Gilbert, of
James Robinson, of
Juan Guerra, of
Vanina Schick, of


Wayra’s UK page:

For further information you can read 2 articles on the Huffington Post: and about Boris Jonhson’s visit

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