O2 Launches Search for Small Business Network

O2 has launched an initiative to find a team of web developers to create a network for businesses.  The winning team of developers will be sponsored with a monthly allowance in consideration for O2 having an option to buy their business for up to £1 million at the end of 12 months.

Called ‘The O2 Incubator Project’, the focus of the initiative is on small businesses and O2 are encouraging developers’ applications to reflect their ideas in this area. O2 has identified an opportunity using its business insights and customer experience, and is inviting developer applicants to input their creative ideas and skills to produce an attractive proposition for businesses. Developers interested in applying for The O2 Incubator Project should go to the initiative’s website at www.o2incubator.com

The initiative will be headed by Paul Golding, an innovation architect specialising in the creation of new business and new product strategies for mobile and internet products and services. Paul has a 20-year track record of being on the leading edge of the mobile industry, defining, designing and implementing many new products and services, including the invention of the mobile internet portal.

The O2 Incubator Project will add to the growing investment Telefonica is making in the Developer Community, to foster innovation within web and mobile development. Other Developer initiatives in the group include O2 Litmus, the mobile application development community from O2 UK, Open Movilforum, Telefonica’s Spanish developer community, and the Movistar Developers Platform, Telefónica’s Mexican developer community.

Paul Golding, head of The O2 Incubator Project, said: “We are looking for the best web developers around to apply them to solving challenges that small businesses face. By giving advice and resources, we want to find the best developers, not just the best available, to help small businesses in their everyday challenges and what is required of them to grow into successful organisations. This is O2 stepping out the way, so that the best web developers can be the ones developing the most innovative web solutions out there, but having the resource and backing to achieve this.”

Simon Devonshire, O2’s head of marketing for SME, said: “Lots of small businesses rely on O2 for their communications, but small businesses don’t just want to talk. They want to use communications to help them win more new business, better engage with their customers, and refine their business process to increase their income. We hope that through The O2 Incubator Project, we’ll find a solution that will help our small business customers address all of this.”

Applications for The O2 Incubator Project are open until 31 January 2010 and should be made through the project’s website at www.o2incubator.com

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