GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services

The GSMA is looking for start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in Africa, South or South East Asia. These organisations should be leveraging digital technology to deliver urban services with socio-economic, commercial and environmental impact in the following sectors:

Plastic and Waste Management;
Energy; and
Successful projects for The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services will receive an equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15- to 18-month period. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for the Fund, please read the Terms and Conditions and FAQs.

Two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, with most urban growth concentrated in Africa and Asia. This poses challenges to basic service provision as city authorities and urban service providers struggle to meet the demands of rapidly growing populations.

To build on the success of the previous rounds of the GSMA Innovation Fund, a new round will open for applications in May 2021 to scale digital solutions that provide essential urban services to underserved populations from low- and middle-income countries in Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia. Grants and additional support are provided to start-ups, small to medium enterprises, or social enterprises that leverage digital technology, especially mobile, to deliver urban services with socio-economic, commercial, and environmental/climate impact.

Online Events
In this introductory online event, we will share additional information about The GSMA Innovation Fund and will provide you with guidance to help you complete your application.

Join us for a week of further online events that will explore all aspects of The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services, offering in-depth looks at each sector and key areas of interest.

Hear from past grantees, other industry funders, and enabling organisations on the state of digital tools for service providers, and explore the upcoming opportunities for innovators from the The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services.


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