Nokia and hub:raum launch program for start-ups in the communications industry

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Two global leaders in integrated telecommunications and future technologies invite start-ups from across Europe to a new program: WARP Future Communication. The program aims at developing innovative communication services which make the lives of Deutsche Telekom’s and Nokia’s customers easier. By participating, start-ups gain the opportunity to accelerate their business and go to market with strong corporate partners within just a few months.

WARP Future Communication is designed for startups that can bring innovation to communication services and related areas such as speech recognition, parental control, artificial intelligence (AI), voice based messaging, digital life and generally enrich the voice and video communication experience. The program provides the start-ups with all the tools and resources needed to develop, scale and commercialize their service from both, a technical and business perspective. WARP Future Communication offers a “triangle of power” which stems from the co-operation of Nokia, which offers the technical platform, Deutsche Telekom, which offers the distribution channel and via hub:raum provides the know-how and tools necessary to build, test, scale and commercialise the products. 

Interested start-ups can apply at before 30th April 2017. The program will consist of onsite meetings, remote work (during which start-ups will receive individual help and support from business partners) and a summit at the end of the year. The expectations of the program founders are that by the end of the program 2-3 start-ups will be ready for a fast go to market. The start-up teams selected for the program will participate for free with no equity required and they will keep their own intellectual property.

It will be desired that the services developed would work on platforms delivered by Nokia and Deutsche Telekom. Start-ups selected for the program will receive support from our engineers, who will help to transfer and activate solutions on desired platform. Further information, materials and webinars regarding chosen platforms will be available on the program’s website:  

“Our business today is not just focused on meeting extraordinary technological demands, but also on how technology is deployed and used. At Nokia, we assist our customers in identifying compelling use cases for new revenue streams in addition to enabling the rapid on-boarding of new applications and services, scalability and operational efficiency. We are excited to team up with hub:raum in this start-up acceleration program right at the forefront of innovative service creation” – said Susanne Fettig, Head of Global Customer Business Team Deutsche Telekom, at Nokia.
“We believe that challenges we face every day require the setting up of cross industry partnerships which focus on co-acceleration, give access to new expertise and technology leading to new use cases being developed. Joint and open innovation together with successful industry partners can successfully leverage corporate efforts to meet customer needs and requirements much better. This is why WARP Future Communication is so unique – it gives start-ups the opportunity to go to market fast with the support of two big corporations – Deutsche Telekom and Nokia” – explained Jakub Probola, Head of hub:raum for CEE region.   

About Deutsche Telekom: Deutsche Telekom Company profile 

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader innovating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing. 
From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.

About hub:raum 
hub:raum, the incubator of Deutsche Telekom, offers various programs and formats that aim to create business opportunities between the startup eco-system and Deutsche Telekom. In addition hub:raum selectively invests in early-stage startups that have a strategic fit to Deutsche Telekom’s business and innovation priorities.

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