17 new companies from our second Singapore program presented their startups to over 500 people from Southeast Asia’s regional startup ecosystem. The energy was upbeat and buzzing at the event held at the School of the Arts concert hall.
These incredible founders have spent the last six months working on building and growing their startups, enabled by our program coaches, directors and global network of advisors. The companies come from enterprise, telecommunications, fintech, consumer technology and other sectors, looking to solve problems and have an impact in their markets.
Here’s a glimpse of our 17 new companies.
Reimagining migrant recruitment for the bottom billion
Sama is reimagining the migrant recruitment process for the 21st century, starting with the construction industry. Their mission is to remove all the inefficiencies and barriers that stand in someone’s way in pursuit of a better life. They have built a platform that matches workers with jobs overseas without the need to pay hefty upfront fees to agents and other middle men.
Nemanja Grujicic, Chief Operating Officer; Kirtan Patel, Chief Executive Officer
Job focused training for in-demand skills
Eskwelabs combines the low-cost of online learning with the high engagement of offline training to produce job-ready students. Eskwelabs has launched with data science bootcamps in the Philippines, where data scientist is named the fastest growing job in 2019 by LinkedIn.
Assylzhan Akynova, Chief Product Officer; Aurelien Chu, Chief Commercial Officer; Angela Chen, Chief Executive Officer
Personalised skin care for the modern millennial Indonesian woman
Base offers a fully digital direct-to-consumer (D2C), personalized skincare platform in Indonesia with high-quality products made from halal and vegan ingredients. The fast discovery process, personalised touch based on the various locations within the country and full product transparency enable an immersive end-to-end customer experience. This ensures specific customer skincare needs are met through our online platform.
Yaumi F. Sugiharta, Chief Executive Officer; Ratih P. Sari, Chief Product Officer
A platform to lend cryptocurrencies to margin traders
Hodlnaut lets investors earn interest on their cryptocurrencies by lending it to margin traders, who otherwise struggle to access crypto loans. This allows crypto holders to capture the untapped value of their portfolio while benefiting the margin traders simultaneously. Hodlnaut helps increase the financial adoption of cryptocurrency through this new mutually beneficial value proposition.
Juntao Zhu, Chief Executive Officer; Simon Lee, Chief Technology Officer
Journaling app for mind-body medicine
Somatization (Soma means body in Greek) represents an unsolved problem in the boundary between psychiatry and general medicine. Treating mental and physical symptoms separately wastes billions of dollars and leaves millions suffering without diagnosis or treatment. The Soma Sketch journaling app lets the user write and draw how their body feels. The process helps them understand and communicate their symptoms better. The app will use patterns in their data to identify mental health risks and educate users on their physical aspects. Soma Sketch aims to co-create a new and exciting data set for mind-body medicine research.
Felix B. Isuk, Chief Financial Officer; Sasha Gou, Chief Executive Officer
Smart platform matching brands with podcasts
Zvook is the first smart platform to monetize the podcasting industry by matching brands with podcasts. Our recommendation engine suggests perfect podcast matches based on relevancy and brand alignment to help unlock advertising opportunities in podcasting. Our goal is to become a dominant player in the podcast monetization space.
Anna Ratala, Chief Executive Officer; Malik Alimoekhamedov, Chief Technology Officer
World's first eSIM store
Airalo aims to disrupt the way cellular network connectivity is made. With the world moving away from physical smartphone simcards, Airalo enables people to have access to 100+ eSIMs from around the world, with just a couple of taps from their phone. With the help of Airalo’s IOS, Android and a sophisticated platform, it aims to make global telecommunications accessible and available to all.
Bahadir Ozdemir, Chief Executive Officer; Duran Akçaylıer, Chief Technology Officer
Baby food delivery in Indonesia
Bubays provides young families in Indonesia with healthy baby food, delivered to their doorstep. They ensure the dishes are made with fresh ingredients, carry the necessary nutrients and are tasty for young children. The tech platform enables users to personalise their order based on their baby’s age, allergies and also helps track the baby's development. The combination of convenience, taste and science makes it a must have food product for any young family in Indonesia.
Faiz Ghifari, Chief Executive Officer; Ifatul Khasanah, Chief Product Officer
Bite-sized summaries of patents and research papers
Fast Science is a technology company that simplifies and summarises patents and research papers. It leverages AI and machine learning to analyse, rank and summarise the best scientific documents in a given field of research. It then matches the content with user's interest areas and pushes relevant content to them based on their watching behaviour and likes.
Vineet Markan, Chief Technology Officer; Peyman Salehian, Chief Executive Officer
Automated peer-to-peer crypto to fiat platform (AKA “Fiat Gateway”)
Xanpool is instantly executing and settling transactions without taking custody of customer funds. We provide a unique omni-channel solution to make the onboarding and offboarding infrastructure in crypto much more user friendly, and resilient against single channel dependency. (such as over-reliance on banking partners).
Jeffery Liu, Chief Executive Officer; Artem Ibragimov, Chief Technology Officer
Qashier provides smart point-of-sale (POS) solutions to help small merchants digitise their businesses
Its flagship product is the Qashier Smart Terminal-- a connected, multi-purpose device that combines a powerful POS software, payments hub and an open platform for third party app integration at an affordable monthly subscription rate. With just one terminal on the counter, Qashier empowers merchants to start, run and grow successful stores with ease. The system consolidates all touch points from PayNow, Grab Pay, FAVe pay and credit cards.
Christopher Choo & Zhao Liang, Founders
Marketplace for coaching
Journify is a personal coaching marketplace connecting millennials with the USD25B market of health coaches, nutritionists, and life and performance coaches. Our vision is to become the largest and most trusted platform for personal coaching needs, both for millennials who want to improve their well-being and people-first companies that are worried about retention and high burn-out rates.
Lamia Prado, Chief Executive Officer; Trey O'Neill, Chief Operating Officer
Betterment for alternative investments
Torre.ai democratizes retail investor access to alternative investment opportunities such as private equity and venture capital funds. Torre.ai makes investing and trading in alternatives as easy as public markets by offering best-in-class PE/VC funds with low ticket sizes and enhanced liquidity through a proprietary secondary market.
Alex Clapp & Sandeep Kumar, Founders
Building the largest network of independent retailers
Fiwi Market is an online wholesale marketplace. They’re taking out the risk for brick and mortar retailers to discover new products by one key offering: free returns within 60 days. At the same time, they help local makers expand the distribution of their business and get into multiple stores without ever having to cold call retailers again. Fiwi Market is currently operating in the Philippines.
Siddharth Mehta & Adrian Thompson, Founders
Investing made for millennials
Mattrvest democratises finance by enabling millennials to plan, save and spend in what matters to them. Mattrvest provides financial education and planning in a frictionless interface via a set of chatbots. In the future, the company aims to offer impact investing opportunities and financial services aligned with the values of its users.
Diane Delava, Chief Commercial Officer; Mayur Singh, Chief Executive Officer; Diego Rojas, Chief Technology Officer
AI productivity tool for construction
The AI powered app and web platform enables construction sites to reach their full productivity potential by having synchronized staff and projects, task planning, real time attendance tracking and the correct management tools in place. All this happens with the help of big data analytics and automatic task deployment.
Olivia Chen & Daniel L.-Martinez, Founders
A telehealth platform for women in India
With 25% of the world's cervical cancer deaths and 33% of the world's female suicides happening in India, the need for information and access to resources is crucial. Ask DeeDee provides a platform combining telehealth, symptom diagnosis and a health tracker to meet women's sexual and mental health needs.
Aditi Bhatnagar, Back-end/Tech; Sarina Richards, Strategy
This article is written by Puja Bharwani, Marketing & PR Director, Southeast Asia