Wayra Partners with Evernote to Open Doors to Accelerator, Devcup

Wayra has announced a partnership with yet another tech heavyweight. This time around, the Telefónica accelerator has signed an agreement with Evernote to support entrepreneurs and developers around the globe.

The announcement was made in São Paulo at Wayra’s Demo Day in Brazil. Ten startups pitched at the event, where Evernote CEO Phil Libin delivered the keynote address.

Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, and Carlos Pessoa, Director of Wayra in Brazil.
Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, and Carlos Pessoa, Director of Wayra in Brazil.

Through the agreement, Evernote and Wayra will create a new award category for this year’s edition of the Evernote Devcup, an annual competition for products build for Evernote’s API, through which Wayra will select and sponsor a team to take part in the Evernote Accelerator.

Wayra will establish a new Wayra Global Startup Prize category in the Devcup, the award going to the top Evernote integration out of the Wayra program. The winning Wayra team will receive a month-long stint at Evernote’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

Libin commended the partnership as a way for Evernote to extend its global reach:

Evernote is a global company, and that doesn’t just mean having customers all over the world, it means building products all over the world. We are thrilled to welcome Wayra to our Devcup competition and our accelerator. This partnership opens the door of opportunity for their startup teams that work with the Evernote platform to compete with other world-class teams and to work directly from the best entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Partnering with Wayra will also give all the Devcup participants visibility into Wayra’s accelerator program that is helping propel technology startups across the globe into successful businesses.

The deadline for Devcup applications from Wayra teams has now been extended to July 19th.

Beyond the Evernote Devcup and Accelerator details of the deal, all of Wayra’s startups stand to benefit directly. They will receive eight months of Evernote Business, a premium collaborative tool for businesses. Moreover, Wayra and Evernote will continue to collaborate to support developers through education and events.

The two have already held three joint events for developers in Wayra facilities this year (two in São Paulo and one in Bogotá). They plan to organize similar events, both online and in person, to encourage developers to create new apps for the Evernote platform and enter those projects in the Devcup. The two estimate that developer program participants will create and submit more than 200 apps in 2013.

Gonzalo Martín Villa, CEO of Wayra, remarked:

We are delighted to keep strengthening our relationship with Evernote. In particular, because they were born as a startup and became a big company keeping their original culture and spirit, sharing with us the same passion to support talented entrepreneurs around the world. Furthermore, this agreement will take Wayra and our founders a step further, taking profit from all the tools, knowledge and experience Evernote can provide us abroad.

This Evernote deal is the latest of a string of partnerships revealed by Wayra in recent months. It has also closed agreements with PayPal, Startup Labs and MercadoLibre.