TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers (TEACs) form the heart of a global, engineering-led program that accelerates the route to success for start-ups in the telecoms market. They exist to enable a fresher, faster and open approach to innovation in telecoms.

TEACs reach around the world, across technologies and deep into the telecom’s ecosystem.

Each center partners with a leading telecoms service provider to speed up innovation and enable adoption of new technologies. Their focus is on providing opportunity: effective support for innovative start-ups, from concept through field trials to investment for growth.

TEACs select for success, matching teams and technologies with lab-based development opportunities.

In partnership with TIP (the Telecom Infra Project), some of the world’s largest telecom service providers host TEACs in Germany, Korea and the UK. Since launch in 2018, over 25 companies have been selected for programs at the three global TEACs. Each program is tailored to the start-up’s needs. The average program timeline is currently 12-18 months.

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Marina Traversari

Global Programme Manager

Benefits of joining TEAC

  • Education, collaboration and mentoring
  • Access to Co-working spaces
  • Access to latest network infrastructure, hardware and testing facilities
  • Global partnerships within the industry
  • Access to investors to grow your reach

TEAC startups

As part of the accelerator program, select startups will collaborate with their host operator, network with leading experts from the TIP community, and have privileged access to venture funds engaged with TEAC.


Sponsored by BT, TEAC UK has just recruited its third wave of startups. Working with BT Innovation Martlesham & BT Research our startups are operating in the Edge Compute, 5G, AR/VR space.

Wave 3 | January 2020


DoubleMe offers “LoopSpace,” a social holographic reality where users live-mirror the world and themselves to build the holographic world for unprecedented social experiences.

  • It’s a new digital realm beyond VR, AR, and MR where virtual imageries and avatars are typical and limited to computer screens. Instead, LoopSpace is constructed from social mirroring of the reality, and experienced in the actual space.
  • The constant live video streams of the world and people are converted into holographic copies, or dynamic 4D model automatically in real-time. LoopSpace ultimately blurs what is real and what is not.
  • For communication, entertainment, education, or productivity, the users will experience immersive holographic reality transcending time and space.
  • LoopSpace with those free and open sourced (partially) mirroring tools give the power to build the holographic world and bring humanity closer ever!

Albert Kim, Sunny Wang

Founded in 2014


Ori Industries is building the next generation of cloud infrastructure to power a smart, autonomous and immersive future. Access to multiple varieties of compute today is lacking: developers must choose between distant, centralised clouds or invest in capital heavy infrastructure of their own to run on-premise. Where the cloud falls short is where the edge must deliver.

Ori is building an intelligent edge cloud that allows application developers to seamlessly access thousands of edge computing resources that are highly available and geographically distributed over wide area networks.

Mahdi Yahya, Melissa Doré

Founded in 2018

Wave 2 | October 2018


Accelleran provides Mobile RAN software and LTE Small Cell product solutions addressing the real-world challenges of mission critical 5G applications, hyperdense and programmable networks. Accelleran’s unique software architecture in genuinely independent from any hardware platform. Operators can leverage one software solution for integrated small cells and for disaggregated and virtualized, cloud-native, RAN networks. With dRAX, Accelleran has the first Open & Intelligent RAN controller on the market that fully adheres to ORAN Principles and truly enables the software-defined, multi-vendor RAN of the future.

Frederic van Durme, Trevor Moore

Founded in 2017


Tethir introduces game-changing technology to Free Space Optics (FSO) in applications such as optical wireless communication, sensing and Wireless Quantum Key Distribution. The company was founded to deliver the full potential of advances in optical technology, developed by Chief Scientist, Barry Clive. His breakthroughs can be applied in a number of ways, with improvements traded off against each other; bandwidth, power, link length, beam width, cost, size. For each of the problems that Tethir’s technology can solve, several times better performance can be achieved over existing solutions. With electro-optics playing increasingly important roles in many industries, Tethir is well placed to ‘make a difference’.

Barry Clive, Ralph Hudson, Alex Hudson

Founded in 2017

Wave 1 | November 2017


KETS Quantum Security Ltd, based in Bristol, UK, is on a mission to secure communications using future-proof, scalable, and easily-deployed hardware solutions. The company has developed the world’s first integrated quantum secured encryption technologies – from quantum random number generators to full quantum key distribution devices. Meeting challenging size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements its solution will boost security in applications including defense, telecoms, and critical infrastructure; with end-users from finance to governments and data centers.

Philip Sibson, Jake Kennard, Mark Thompson, Chris Erven

Founded in 2016

Zeetta Networks

Zeetta Networks is a world leader in Open Networking technologies, with pioneering solutions based on Software Defined Networking and Network Virtualization. Its vision is to allow enterprises, cities and network operators to scale up the capabilities of their network, and satisfy the demand for data without escalating CAPEX and OPEX costs. Put simply, to make the most out of their network capability through use of its NetOS® software. Zeetta Networks transforms your network into an interactive programmable platform for better control, improved efficiency, enhanced performance and better cost controls of your existing infrastructure.

Dr Vassilis Seferidis, Dimitra Simeonidou, Dr Reza Nejabati, Mayur Channegowda, Dr Shuping Peng, Tasos Vlachogiannis

Founded in 2015

Unmanned Life

Unmanned LIfe based in San Francisco and London offers autonomous drone fleet platform technology for a variety of outdoor and indoor scenarios like cost and time efficient network coverage for remote locations/emergencies, industrial automation and on-demand infrastructure inspections.

Kumardev Chatterjee, Nicholas Zylberglajt

Founded in 2015

TEAC Germany

Sponsored by DT, with the focus on Mobile Edge (MEC) and O-RAN and network disaggregation. TEAC Germany is partnered with Hub:raum in Berlin.


Wave 1 | 2018


Airrays is the leading independent massive MIMO radio company addressing the 4G and upcoming 5G mobile network infrastructure market. Our large scale active antennas provide an energy-efficient and cost-effective way to address the growing demand for wireless capacity for the Gigabit Society. With our partners, we deliver radio products specifically designed to meet mobile operators’ 5G-requirements and performance targets. Airrays’ core team of seasoned experts brings together all the relevant expertise for high-end radio design, manufacturing and test as well as network integration.

Volker Aue, Peter Meyer, Wolfram Drescher, Albrecht Fehske, Michael Grieger, Jan Dohl

Founded in 2013


BISDN is a team of international SDN and NFV experts based in Berlin. The company is self-funded and has been profitable since its inception in 2012. Our NFV-based telco-related activities comprise of various demonstrators, PoCs, lab and field trials. In 2017, BISDN focused on developing the core product Basebox, which consists of a co-called whitebox switch operating system and a set of SDN controllers. Those controllers move the LINUX packet processing pipeline to remote switches.

Hagen Woesner, Andreas Köpsel, Daniel Fritzsche, Tobias Jungel, Carola Klessen

Founded in 2012


Pharrowtech provides next-generation solutions for fixed-wireless access, wireless VR/AR and ultra-high capacity wireless links. Spun out of imec in 2018, it builds on more than 12 years of top-notch R&D in algorithm, chip and antenna design for millimeter-wave systems. Leveraging this deep technical expertise, its founding team now builds products with best-in-class performance, power and cost features.

Guerric De Streel, Qixian Shi, Khaled Khalaf, Wim Van Thillo

Founded in 2018

TEAC Korea

Sponsored by SK Telecom, with the aim to create flexible, cost efficient network infrastructure to improve network management and quality of service. Solving pain points for Enterprise and individual customers to enable new solutions.

TEAC Korea: June 1-30, 2020.

Wave 2 | October 2018


DevStack is a startup company, based in Seoul, that provides hardware(GPU, FPGA) accelerated OpenStack and its CMP(Cloud Management Platform) for the large-centralized computing infrastructure and massively distributed edge computing infrastructure such as mini/micro/nano data centers. By delivering those products and services in the telco market, we’ve been capitalizing on waves of OpenStack technology.

Seungwook Jang, Kiyoun Sung, Sunkyu Park

Founded in 2015

Network Defines

Network Defines is a tech startup founded by network experts from the Multimedia and Mobile Communications Laboratory, Seoul National University, Korea. With strong research backgrounds and industry experience, the team is developing a distributed and decentralized network infrastructure which utilizes available storage and bandwidth of in-network devices (e.g., access point, set-top box, PC) for content storage and delivery. To build a stable and reliable infrastructure sustained by voluntary peers’ contributions, Network Defines employs cutting-edge technologies including blockchain, peer-to-peer, and distributed caching technologies. Network Defines will provide a low-cost foundation for both operators and content providers.

Kideok Cho, Kyle Park, Dookyoon Han

Founded in 2018

AirHop Communications

AirHop Communications is a network intelligence software company based in San Diego, California. AirHop’s flagship eSON real-time Self-Organizing Network (SON) solution delivers coordinated optimization of network performance and end-user experience for 4G & 5G systems. eSON is a robust, fully virtualized, and commercially available software platform supporting both traditional network architectures and NFV/C-RAN architectures for centralized and mobile edge deployments. AirHop’s solutions are expanding through application in 4G CBRS use cases and 5G New Radio (NR) use cases for eSON as well as machine learning based network insight and optimization for its eSON360 Analytics platform.

Yan Hui

Founded in 2007

Wave 1 | November 2017


KulCloud, (South Korea) is ushering the white box and Linux networking revolution into the 5G arena by developing an open network disaggregation platform delivered with SDN & DevOps. KulCloud thrives to build technology that meets stringent 5G network requirements of network slicing, time sync, low latency & QoS (Quality of Service) while providing operators with unrivaled service agility, time to market and cost-effectiveness. Founded in 2011, KulCloud has been at the forefront of commercialization of SDN/whitebox driven network disaggregation technology in various niche areas.

Chris Park, Dipjyoti Saikia, Kevin Kong

Founded in 2011


Optella, established in 2015 by a group of senior researchers from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), is an innovative tech firm headquartered in California with an R&D center in Korea. Based on its strength in silicon optical bench (SiOB) based single-mode photonics and electronics integrated technology, Optella plans to concentrate on developing a cost-effective and low-power 5G wireless optical network solution to maximize transmission efficiency for massive data.

Sangsoo Lee

Founded in 2015


Transcelestial, a Singapore-based startup, is developing a laser communication solution to replace existing wireless communication technology. The aim is to develop a constellation of nano satellites which uses lasers to transfer and relay data for ground, satellite and deep space applications. This will be the fastest (up to 100 Gbps), long-distance, point-to-point wireless communication network possible. Working with the TEAC in Seoul, Transcelestial will prepare for a demonstration of wireless backhaul for a small cell device in a master slave outdoor urban setup to prove the reliability and superiority of its FSO (Free Space Optics) solution. This solution is expected to be pivotal in building a cost-effective and robust 5G infrastructure.

Rohit Jha, Mohammad Danesh

Founded in 2016

Recent news

BT & TIP Select Third Cohort of TEAC Startups

BT & TIP Select Third Cohort of TEAC Startups

by Marina Traversari, Global Progam Manager, TEAC Senior network and technology experts from BT and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) heard from the six startups who made it through to the final of TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centres (TEAC) on January...

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Deutsche Telekom selects TEAC Germany startups

Deutsche Telekom selects TEAC Germany startups

by Axel Clauberg, TIP Chairman and Vice President, Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG Deutsche Telekom Selects TEAC Germany Startups Posted on March 27, 2018 With the official launch of a Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Ecosystem Acceleration...

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BT and SK Telecom announce TEAC startups

BT and SK Telecom announce TEAC startups

by TIP News BT and SK Telecom Announce TEAC Startups Posted on October 2, 2017 In partnership with BT and SK Telecom, we are excited to announce that Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Ecosystem Acceleration Centers (TEACs) in the United Kingdom and Seoul...

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