The GSM Association (GSMA) has opened applications for its Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion and is offering equity-free grants of between £100 000 £250 000 to those that qualify.
The fund is aiming at supporting startups or small businesses based in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia that are helping people get online for the first time using mobile internet.
Applications close on 22 May.
The GSMA says it will fund projects that focus on innovations that overcome a number of the barriers to mobile internet adoption including accessibility, affordability, digital skills and safety and security.
The GSMA is offering grants of up to £250k to those that help people get online for the first time using mobile internet
Applicants must look to demonstrate commercially sustainable models that can be scaled and replicated in similar environments.
The GSMA recently hosted a webinar (see below) in which we shared additional information about the GSMA Innovation Fund and guidance to help you complete your application.