HackDay, Wayra partner up to offer additional prizes

Published by The Starting Gate, Miami Herald

HackDay announced this week that it is partnering with Wayra to offer additional opportunities and prizes to HackDay’s winner and  finalists. HackDay is Dec. 8-9 to help kick off Innovate Miami week. Wayra is Telefonica Digital’s global accelerator that has already accelerated over 170 startups. It’s bringing its Global Demo Dayto Miami Dec. 12.

At the end of the initial HackDay competition on Dec. 9, five finalists will be selected and will pitch during the FIU Americas Venture Capital Conference Dec. 14. As part of the partnership, the finalists will be able to attend a feedback session of Wayra’s “pitch boot camp” during the week of Dec. 10 to prepare for their AVCC investor pitches. The winner named on Dec. 14 will also be “fast-tracked” into the Wayra program, meaning he or she will skip the first round and have an opportunity to compete and pitch to an independent panel for final acceptance into the Wayra accelerator in any of its 12  Wayra Academies around the world.

The HackDay winner will also win $50K cash prize — $30K of that right away and $20K if the winner continues on to launch the business, with co-working and mentoring resources provided.

“It is a great opportunity for the community to participate in a world-class program, such as Wayra’s,” said Demian Bellumio, founder of HackDay Foundation. “I think we have put all the pieces together now – mentors, funding and a top notch accelerator program.”