Blue screen, red text GIF reads: We provide grant funding between £100,000 and £250,000
Blue screen, red text GIF reads: We provide grant funding between £100,000 and £250,000
GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech is open for applications now.

On 7th September, the GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech launched thanks to our partners and donor, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The GSMA will be one of the few programmes providing both mentorship and grant funding of GBP 100,000 to GBP 250,000 (read more about other opportunities here).

To be eligible innovators must be tackling one of the GSMA’s 5 primary barriers to digital inclusion for persons with disabilities. Here’s a bit more information about the barriers and what they mean:

1. Access

Access — increasing accessibility and usability of handsets and mobile services for persons with disabilities.

Simple everyday tasks can be painfully time-consuming or impossible when services aren’t accessible. …

During the past nine months there has been a global acceleration of systems and services which have had to become ‘digital by default’. Some countries, like Estonia have seen relative success, while others are leaving behind citizens who can’t always access vital government services.

Oftentimes, in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs), these inequalities are significantly exacerbated for citizens most in need of assistance. Generalising, this is particularly true for persons with disabilities as well as IDPs and refugees. Without innovation and investment those who are typically marginalised by society risk being completely excluded as COVID-19 accelerates the digitisation of society. …

ARTILAB Foundation, AT Impact Fund, GSMA Assistive Tech, Innovate Now, together are catalysing the emergence of the assistive technology innovation ecosystem in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Together the ambition is to lift the lid on this exciting emerging tech sector, support its growth and demonstrate global leadership on assistive technology. In this article you will learn more about assistive technology (AT) and these four initiatives supporting the ecosystem. …


Rosie Afia

Digital Innovation. Humanitarian Optimist. Advocate for Inclusion and Adventure Nomad.

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