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Bright Sparks programme: we’re looking for start-ups

19 Feb 2021Digital Society
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Vodafone is looking to partner with disruptive early-stage start-ups to join us in creating digital societies of the future in the second edition of its Bright Sparks start-up support programme. Bright Sparks is a virtual start-up support programme, sponsored by Vodafone and open to businesses operating across our markets.

As a champion for SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators around the world, Vodafone is looking for early stage start-ups that have a proven product or service and can demonstrate first successes. This year, up to fifty start-ups across Europe will be selected as part of the six-month Bright Sparks programme.

If selected, the start-up will partner with a Vodafone Bright Sparks champion who will offer support and expertise, provide specialist skills and identify potential collaboration opportunities.

Bright Sparks programme

Agne Milukaite, founder at, a start-up on the last Bright Sparks programme

Your start-up should be in Seed, pre-Series A or Series A funding stages and be well positioned to help solve a Vodafone business challenge or add value to our products and services.

Applications should be made via an application form (downloadable below) by Friday 5th March.

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Bright Sparks 2019

Objectives of the programme:

  • To provide start-ups with access to Vodafone specialist skills and expertise
  • To provide opportunities for Vodafone’s top talent to work with innovators outside of the business
  • To explore opportunities for new partnerships between Vodafone and innovative start-ups

What will start-ups get from Bright Sparks?

  • Connection to a dedicated sponsor who will help you navigate and understand the global enterprise structure
  • Access to Vodafone specialist skills, network and expertise on your journey to growth
  • Participation in a six-month programme offering webinars and workshops with industry experts
  • Exposure to the Vodafone brand and network
  • Access to a community of start-ups and peer-to-peer learning

Previous start-ups to graduate from the Bright Sparks programme include, one of the fastest growing bike sharing communities in Europe.

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