All the 11 startups will be receiving equity-free grant funding from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund
Ecosystem Accelerator, a London-based startup programme supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Australian Government, GSM Association and its members, has announced the 11 startups selected for its third cohort.
Of these, two startups are from Southeast Asia.
All the 11 startups will be receiving equity-free grant funding of up to US$250,000 each from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund. The accelerator will be working with these startup over the coming year to help them scale their mobile innovation, through deeper collaboration with local mobile operators.
With the latest additions, the Ecosystem Accelerator portfolio now covers 23 markets in total, including eight new countries.
“We as a programme feel honoured to be supporting this extraordinary group of individuals and companies more committed than ever to harness the power of mobile technology to deliver impact in their local societies and economies, and to partner with mobile operators on their path to scale. We will be helping these organisations realise their full socio-economic and commercial potential, and hope the information included in the portfolio will inspire you to engage with us, and more importantly with them,” the accelerator said in a statement.
Below is a brief bio of the two Southeast Asian startups attending the programme:
Greenovator: Based in Myanmar, Greenovator is a digital marketplace for agricultural inputs and outputs. Launched in May 2011, the company provides consultations (online and offline), agricultural R&D, workshop and conference planning solutions, agricultural publication and advertising, and technical training.
Qlue: Based in Indonesia, Qlue is a civic engagement app to connect citizens with city officials and businesses
Established in 2014, it is working with the Jakarta government in implementing the first Smart City concept in the country. Since launch, it has helped reduce critical flooding points by 94 per cent, improving government performance by 61.4 per cent, and increasing public trust to the government by 47 per cent.
Other attendees are Agrocenta (Ghana), Coliba (Côte d’Ivoire), Eneza Education (Côte d’Ivoire), GiftedMom (Cameroon), KEA Medicals (Benin), oDoc (Sri Lanka), Pacific Ads Group (Papua New Guinea), SkyEye (Samoa), Taskmoby (Ethiopia).
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