Go Ignite Global Call


Go Ignite Global Call Winners

We are pleased to announce the 5 inaugural Go Ignite Global Call winners


Who Should Apply

Start-ups working on solutions in the IoT, big data analytics, content delivery, cyber security or customer experience enhancement space are encouraged to apply.


To be eligible for the Go Ignite Global Call, all members of the start-up should be above the age of 18. The founding members of the start-ups need to be dedicated to the programme if the start-up is shortlisted for participation in the Go Ignite Global Call.


Start-ups are expected to be in their growth stage with a ready product that can be taken to market in the geographies that the Alliance members operate in.

How it Works

Application Process

  • The Go Ignite Global Call will be open until April 30th 2016
  • Interested start-ups are required to submit their applications online via the platform of alliance member Telefonica Open Future


Assessment Process

  • The assessment of the applications will be based on the following criteria-
    • Maturity of the solution
    • Synergies with Go Ignite Alliance members
    • Business model and growth potential of the solution
    • Go-to-Market strategy
    • Innovativeness and disruptive nature of the solution
    • Team skills and balance of capabilities in the team
  • Shortlisted start-ups will be invited to pitch to the Alliance members
  • Upon completion of the assessment, successful start-ups will be notified to start their adventure with the Alliance members

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q1. What is the criteria for the Go Ignite Global Call?

Your start-up has to be in the growth stage with a ready product and it has to be in one of the focus areas (Internet of Things, Security, Big Data Analytics, Content Delivery or Customer Experience Enhancement). Additionally, founders, or at least a majority of the members of the team, shall be fully dedicated to the start-up/project should the start-up be selected for participation in the programme and all members must be above age of 18.


Q2. What are the benefits of the Go Ignite Global Call?

The selected start-ups will be provided business development opportunities in each of the geographies the alliance members operate in. But additionally, following benefits might apply:

  1. Market Access: Get the opportunity to access the Alliance’s customer base – both enterprises and consumer customers – with over a billion customers globally
  2. Co-Working Space: Up to 6 month of free usage of one of the co-working spaces by the members of the alliance*
  3. Mentors and experts: A dedicated mentor from each of the alliance members who will handle business unit introductions to that member’s business units.
  4. Funding: Access to investment from the Go Ignite alliance members. Such investment decisions are optional and are to be decided and negotiated independently by each alliance member
  5. Community: Be part of the global community of the Go Ignite Alliance members
  6. Networking: Access to an international network of mentors, experts, companies and investors. Additionally you will get invitations to start-up showcase, regional and global start-up events organized by each alliance member

*Subject to availability


Q3. Can an individual apply for the Go Ignite Global Call?

No, you have to be a team of at least two people that work on the project.


Q4. Are there any restrictions on the geographical region in which my start-up operates?

No, there are no restrictions.


Q5. My start-up has been selected. Does this mean that Go Ignite will be investing in my business?

No. A possible investment decision will be made by each member of the Go Ignite Alliance separately and at the end of the programme. We will introduce selected start-ups to Go Ignite Alliance business units for further review.

Application Process

Q1. What is the application process like?

The application process starts with submitting your application via the Telefónica Open Future platform. As soon as you have answered all questions and uploaded all necessary material, your application will be reviewed by the members of the Go Ignite Alliance. After the application phase ended, we will contact you – if you get shortlisted – and schedule face-to-face or web conference meetings with your team and possible business units from the Alliance.

If those meetings go well, we will inform you by end of June if you are selected and accepted for the Go Ignite Global Call.


Q2. What is the closing date for submitting my application?

Application process and the application platform will close on April 30th 2016 11:59pm CET.


Q3. What information is required to apply?

You have to apply via the Telefónica Open Future Platform. There you will have to answer a comprehensive set of questions, some of them mandatory. Information required is mainly about your start-up, the business model, timelines and your team. You also have to upload a pitch deck with the most important information about your start-up.


Q4. Are we required to submit a business plan with our application?

Yes, this is required.


Q5. I have left out some information in my application. Can I resubmit my application?

You are encouraged to review and modify your application in draft mode via the login to the platform before you submit the finalized application for the call. Once you have submitted the application, you would not be able to make further changes to your submission.

Do ensure that you finalized and submit the application before the deadline of the application phase is reached.


Q6. Do I have to present my business pitch in person during the selection process?

During the selection phase the pitch is done either in person or via a WebEx/ video conference.

Go Ignite Global Call Programme

Q1. How long does the programme last?

The programme will last for six months and will presumably starts in July 2016.


Q2. How will the evaluation be done?

The members of the Go Ignite Alliance will evaluate all start-ups based on a set of criteria that the members have agreed on. Those are stated in the Terms and Conditions.

Terms and Conditions (T&C)

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