The call was for entrepreneurs from 32 countries to put forward their initiatives to be developed at Wayra academies in Latin America and Europe.
The accelerator received proposals from new digital businesses in sectors such as security, e-commerce, video, mobile applications, e-health and hardware. Each business will now be analysed and selected by judges before completing more stages of application before moving into the academies in April.
This latest crop of tech start-ups hammering down the academy door means the businesses in the accelerator right now have to fly the nest (they have already been gien a three-month extension on their original six months at Wayra). In preparation for this, the start-ups, including Smarta 100 winners Night Zookeeper, were showcasing their achievements since joining the academy to 100 investors and VCs yesterday. The soon-to-be academy graduates were hoping to secure further funding to help accelerate their growth. Check out this video of teams pitching yesterday: