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Go Ignite announces winners of its first global start-up call

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Go Ignite, an alliance between four telcos, announced today the five winners selected from its inaugural call for start-ups launched at Mobile World Congress 2016, which drew over 142 applications from the global start-up community. The winners were selected from the following categories: Blueliv for cyber security, Contiamo and Kentik under big data analytics, Platform.sh for content delivery and Streamdata.io for customer experience enhancement.

All of the winning start-ups will be provided with business development opportunities by the partners of the Go Ignite alliance - Deutsche Telekom (hub:raum), Orange (Orange Fab), Singtel (Singtel Innov8), and Telefónica (Telefónica Open Future_). In addition, each start-up will receive support such as mentoring expertise, contacts, facilities, potential investment and access to a combined market of over one billion mobile customers across five continents.

Mr Axel Menneking, hub:raum, Deutsche Telekom said,” ‘Win with Partners’ is a key cornerstone of Deutsche Telekom’s strategy. Therefore we are excited to be a part of the Go Ignite alliance because this true open innovation program enables us to benefit in two ways: by transferring relevant cutting edge start-up innovation into our businesses and by jointly addressing unsolved industry problems in collaboration with other leading telcos.”

Ms Nathalie Boulanger, Start-up Ecosystem Director, Orange said, “As our first call, we were greatly encouraged by both the calibre and diversity of entrants from across the globe. And we are hugely excited at the prospect of working with these winners to help bring them along and open up a global market for them, through our combined footprint.”

Mr Edgar Hardless, Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Innov8, said, “The Go Ignite alliance helps start-ups succeed in multiple markets by providing them with the right resources that are critical for their commercialisation. The inaugural results of the first call from this alliance are very promising and demonstrate our ability to attract a wide pool of great start-ups to collaborate with the four leading telcos. Given this promising start, we want to maintain the momentum and work closely with the alliance members to help the five inaugural winners to adapt and market their solutions across different regions.”

Mrs Ana Segurado, Global General Director, Telefonica Open Future_ said, “It is an exciting time for the Go Ignite alliance as the announcement marks the beginning of business development opportunities for our call winners. We strongly believe that open innovation initiatives such as the Go Ignite program will bring benefits for both large telco and start-ups with significant traction. The results so far show the alliance members real commitment and unity to collaborate with start-ups and support their growth.”

Go Ignite (http://go-ignite.com/) is an alliance aimed at connecting the start-up ecosystems across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The Go Ignite global call for start-ups encourages teams world-wide to enter their projects into any one of the categories identified by the alliance to be of strategic interest. Participating start-ups will get to win business development opportunities with the alliance members – which allow them to adapt and market their solutions across multiple continents that could reach a billion mobile customers, on the back of the combined alliance resources.

About the winners
BlueLiv (https://www.blueliv.com/) – Blueliv is a leading provider of targeted cyber threat information and analysis intelligence for large enterprises, service providers, and security vendors. Blueliv’s turnkey cloud-based platform addresses a comprehensive range of cyber threats to turn global threat data into predictive, actionable intelligence that detects, identifies, and helps stop cyber threats. In 2015 Blueliv has achieved “Cool Vendor” status in Gartner Communications Service Provider Security report.

Contiamo (www.contiamo.com) - Contiamo allows organizations to derive actual value from their data through better informed decision-making and data-driven automation. It is a cloud-based data platform built around a unique data integration layer that accesses and combines data from common software and services, data stored in the cloud and data remaining on-premise. Contiamo makes this data available for exploration, prediction and automation so that organizations can close the loop from analysis to action.

Kentik (https://www.kentik.com/) - Kentik offers flow-centric network monitoring and analytics using an innovative combination of big data and SaaS. The Kentik Detect service collects network data such as NetFlow, sFlow, and IPFIX records, augmented with BGP, geolocation and DNS data, and turns it into network intelligence for informed and efficient network operations, security operations, and network engineering/planning.

Platform.sh (https://platform.sh/) - Platform.sh is the continuous delivery cloud and high availability hosting solution that Developers love, that Operations envy and that lets website CEOs, CIOs and CDOs sleep. Since launch in June 2014, it has won 2,000 clients in 100 countries including key references such as the British Council (UK), Perfectly Posh (US), El Universo (Lat. Am.), Parc Astérix (FR), Le Temps and Sud-Öst Schweiz (CH).

Streamdata.io (http://streamdata.io/) - Streamdata.io, a French software company, provides Proxy-as-a-Service, which turns any API into a real-time experience, without requiring server-side code. Streamdata.io's proxy polls APIs, caches responses, and pushes incremental updates to servers, applications and devices, allowing the focus to be on user experience as well as reducing the server load and preventing scalability issues.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 69.2 billion in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.

About hub:raum
hub:raum connects the digital startup ecosystem with Deutsche Telekom, linking tech entrepreneurs and high growth startup companies with the expert network, capital, and business opportunities of Deutsche Telekom. hub:raum offers various programs in 3 locations: hub:raum Berlin covers Germany and Western Europe, hub:raum Krakow covers the CEE region and hub:raum Tel-Aviv covers Israel. They have all range of programs from seed investment, incubation, acceleration and specialized programs like Fit4Europe and offer benefits like co-working space, mentoring, networking events and connections to Deutsche Telekom business units like partnering as well as access to customers.

About Orange
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2016, including 96,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 252 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2016, including 191 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

About Orange Fab
Orange Fab is a start-up accelerator programme launched by Orange that aims to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. Born in Silicon Valley in 2013, the programme is now present in 10 countries in Europe, Africa, the USA, the Middle East and Asia. Orange Fab has accelerated or is currently accelerating 152 start-ups since its launch.

Orange Fab offers selected start-ups three months of support to allow them to develop their products and services. They also receive valuable advice from Orange innovators and experts as well as a number of entrepreneurs.

Supporting start-ups is one of the pillars of Orange's open innovation approach to accelerate the marketing of innovations that will benefit its customers. The Group aims to support 500 start-ups across the world by 2020 with a focus on the rapid realisation of commercial partnerships, or in some cases, joint ventures, via Orange Digital Ventures, its investment fund for early age start-ups.

About Singtel
Singtel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa with over 600 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a vast network of offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.

For more information, visit www.singtel.com
Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SingtelNews

About Singtel Innov8 and Innov8 Sparks
Singtel Innov8, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Singtel Group, is a venture capital fund, with its own set of decision making, approval and funding processes. It has a fund size of US$250 million with offices in Singapore, Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Beijing. Singtel Innov8 focuses its investments on technologies and solutions that lead to quantum changes in network capabilities, next generation devices, digital content services and enablers to enhance customer experience. It works closely with the ecosystem of leading innovators, developers, government agencies, R&D and capital providers to bring cutting-edge technologies and solutions to the various markets the Singtel Group operates in.

Innov8 Sparks is a network of start-up support and funding initiatives across Southeast Asia, founded by members of the Singtel Group. Founding members include Singtel Innov8 (Singapore), AIS The Startup (Thailand), Kickstart Ventures by Globe Telecom (the Philippines), Optus-Innov8 Seed (Australia), and Teman Dev by Telkomsel (Indonesia).

About Telefónica
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization and number of customers with a comprehensive offering and quality of connectivity that is delivered over world class fixed, mobile and broadband networks. As a growing company it prides itself on providing a differential experience based both on its corporate values and a public position that defends customer interests.
The company has a significant presence in 21 countries and 322 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.
Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4,975,199,197 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.

About Telefónica Open Future_
Telefónica Open Future_ is the open innovation program that brings to life Telefónica's global commitment to develop and gain talent and entrepreneurship; since 2014, it has grouped together all of Telefónica's existing activities and projects in the field of open innovation. Through social entrepreneurship initiatives and commitment to entrepreneurship among young people, Think Big and Talentum, its Crowdworking spaces, the Wayra accelerators, and the Telefónica Ventures and Amerigo investment funds, it promotes and invests in viable technology-based projects, ideas and people, at all stages of the lifecycle, openly and in conjunction with public and private organisations. It has a portfolio of more than 1,200 accelerated startups, more than 670 startups invested in and offices in 17 countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

For further information: www.openfuture.org.

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