Updated Sep 30, 2020CLOSED

GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech is now open. If you have an innovative solution that addresses barriers to digital inclusion of people with disabilities then don’t miss this opportunity from the GSMA, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

The GSMA is looking for start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in Africa and Asia that are driving the digital inclusion of people with disabilities by addressing one or more of the following barriers:

  • - Access;
  • - Affordability;
  • - Relevance;
  • - Knowledge and skills; and
  • - Safety and security.

Funded projects will focus on reducing the gap in access and usage of mobile-enabled products or services, and will look to demonstrate commercially sustainable models that can be scaled and replicated in similar markets.

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CLOSEDOct 16, 2020Deadline
$129,173 - $321,291Amount
15-18 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica and Asia and Pacific
Focus AreasTechnology
Social Development (Youth)

To be eligible to apply, start-ups, SMEs or social enterprises must meet the following criteria:

  • • Have active users and revenue in at least one eligible low- or middle-income market.
  • • Be fully compliant with relevant business licensing, taxation, employee and other regulations in all applicable countries of grant project operation.
  • • Be registered and have a bank account in the country where they will receive the grant money (if not the same as the project implementation country).
  • • Social enterprises registered as not-for-profit legal entities that can demonstrate that a majority of their income is derived from commercial activities will be considered eligible.
  • • Entities such as tech hubs, incubators and accelerators are NOT eligible to apply to the Fund. NGOs are NOT eligible to apply. Applicants cannot apply as a consortium.
  • • Be compliant with fundamental Human Rights Laws, the UK Modern Slavery Act and Gender Equality Act, Child Protection Policies.
  • • Be compliant with GSMA Safeguarding Policy (on Children and Vulnerable Adults)and any other relevant disability laws in all implementation markets.
  • • Be able to demonstrate adherence with EU General Data Protection Regulation data privacy (GDPR).

Other Requirements

Management TeamWe’re particularly interested in start-ups, SMEs and social enterprises that have entrepreneurs with disabilities, female founders, local entrepreneurs and those who can proactively demonstrate their solution reaches women, in addition to people with disabilities, or have solutions that disproportionately and actively reach more women users.REQUIRED
Financial Statements

All applicants need to consider:

• They commit to providing 25% to 50% match funding depending on the total grant amount


Application Directions

Complete a short online “pitch” questionnaire for the project and how you meet the funding criteria. To be reviewed by the Fund Manager and the GSMA.



Past Funded Innovations Of GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech

MAR 2021
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