AppWorks Accelerator’s first-ever online Startup Showcase unveils 20 rising startups across Greater Southeast Asia (TW+SEA)

From November 19th to December 1st 2020, AppWorks Accelerator launched its first ever online Startup Showcase, featuring 20 of the most promising early-stage startups across Greater Southeast Asia (TW-SEA). We specifically curated teams with traction and interest in Southeast Asia to showcase how they’re leveraging digital technologies to tackle deeply rooted pain points in key markets across the region including Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. 

A great founder can come from all walks of life, and that’s clearly reflected in the diversity of our showcase. There are over 10 nationalities represented among the 20 pitching teams, of which 30% have at least one female co-founder. More than half of the founders have started at least one venture before, with some having exited to companies like Yahoo and Societe Generale Group, while others boasting prior experiences in leading tech companies such as LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft, and Lazada.

List of showcasing teams

Moladin, founded by Jovin Hoon and Mario Tanamas, empowers automotive sales agents in Indonesia to sell better and faster through their mobile-first marketplace. In 2019, they sold over 4,300 vehicles and generated $7.3M in GMV, and are looking to hit $12M in annualized transactions by the end of this year. 

Active Markets: ID

AyoBlajar, founded by co-founders Fariz Isnaini and Audy Laksmana, is focused on solving the deeply rooted inefficiencies in Indonesia’s education system through an e-learning app. Since launching in September they already have over 17,000 downloads.

Active Markets: ID

Astra, based in TW and founded by Gary Kao, is tackling the challenge of workforce productivity in Indonesia by using facial recognition to help organizations seamlessly manage part-time and remote employees. Their solution has been rolled out at Pondok Indah Mall and Pondok Indah Golf Course, collectively managing 3,000 employees.

Active Markets: ID, TW, JP

Docosan, founded by two Harvard grads Beth Lopez and Natalia Hendrickson, allows patients in Vietnam to compare healthcare providers across a wide range of specialties, book appointments online 24/7, and manage their own health data. They now have over 100 active doctors on their platform and completed over 240 bookings since launching 7 months ago.

Active Markets: VN

Chip Chip is a Vietnam-based startup founded by Dung Ho, who’s now using his years of experience as a software developer to help Vietnamese children learn english from qualified Filipino teachers. Since starting last year, they’ve conducted over 6,000 classes for 2,000 students.

Active Markets: VN

Glints is a leading full-stack talent platform based in SG for professionals to connect, upskill, and get matched with employers across GSEA. The company has raised over $12M and active in 6 markets across the region with 400 people on staff. Fred Ng, country manager of HK and SG, will be showcasing on behalf of the company.

Active Markets: SG, HK, ID, VN, TW

Polymerize, based in SG and founded by serial entrepreneur Kunal Sandeep and Dr. Abhijit Salvekar who holds a PhD in materials science, strives to accelerate the discovery, formulation, and commercialization of polymers through machine learning. They’ve managed to launch a prototype and secure $12,000 in paid pilots within 6 months of inception. 

Active Markets: SG, JP, IN

Accredify, founded by Zheng Wei Quah, is a digital health passport that stores, displays and authenticates medical records securely through the use of blockchain. They’ve already managed to secure a partnership with Singapore’s Ministry of Health and are looking to penetrate markets like Vietnam and Thailand.

Active Markets: SG

ZumVet, founded by Athena Lee and Dr. Su Xiaoting, has created a televet solution for pet owners, providing them with services such as video consults, drug delivery, and digital health records at the touch of a button.The company has amassed over 500 users and 400 consultations since launching a year ago.

Active Markets: SG

Freehunter, based in HK and founded by Harris Cheng and Jerome Tse, is an AI-powered social network for creative talents, helping them generate more leads, exposure, connections, and collaborative opportunities. In the past 6 months, they’ve signed up over 700 subscribes and facilitated 600 matches. 

Active Markets: HK, TW, SG

Cognicept, based in SG founded by Michael Sayre, uses telerobotic intervention technology allowing robotics manufacturers and end-users to seamlessly inject a “human-in-the-loop” to resolve any errors or unknown protocols encountered by a robot. Since launching 1.5 years ago, they’ve already signed on companies like Savioke, Rapyuta Robotics, and Infinium Robotics as customers.

Active Markets: SG, US, JP 

Mighty Jaxx is a startup based in SG founded by Jackson Aw in 2015, who’s built up one of the world’s largest platforms to buy toys and art collectibles. They partner with leading brands such as Warner Bros, Marvel, and Disney to design pop culture collectibles, now set to ship 3 million units to collectors in over 60 countries this year. 

Active Markets: Global

SoopahGenius is based in TW and founded by Mike Calcagno, a former Microsoft executive who led the research and development of cortana. He’s now funneling his years of experience with AI into creating a product to help live streamers significantly decrease the time and cost of producing content from their raw materials.

Active Markets: US, MY

Poseidon Network is based in TW and founded by Light Lin, a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits under his belt. He’s now looking to create the world’s largest decentralized infrastructure by applying the concept of sharing economy to the unused resources latent within all of our digital devices whether its storage, bandwidth, or computing power.

Active Markets: TW, CN, MY

Workbean, founded by Kass Monzon and Neil Rojas, is an online platform that helps employers more effectively convey their culture and branding to prospective hires, with the aim of reducing the mismatch between companies and job seekers. They currently have over 15 companies using their platform, with 13,000 MAU and over 3,000 job clicks. 

Active Markets: PH

GoBuddy, based in HK and founded by Hong Yee Kow, Roy Yu, and CY Kwong, is an all-in-one tool for online sellers, combining an e-commerce platform with booking and ticketing management. After several iterations over the last year, the team has now amassed over 700 subscribers, facilitating over $40K in transactions and 700 bookings.

Active Markets: HK, MY

Growthspot is based in HK and founded by Randal Hung, who has over 10 years of experience in digital market and is all too familiar with challenges of SME online sellers when it comes to optimizing ad spend from FB and Google. He’s created a digital platform catering specifically to those sellers with limited resources and knowhow, having now acquired over 700 users across Asia.

Active Markets: HK, MY, TH, TW

Pitchspot, based in SG and founded by Ryan Chong and See Ting Goh, is an integrated workflow management and strategy planning canvas to enable innovative teams to work smarter, and faster. In the last 6 months, they managed to acquire over 5,400 active users and 600 paid users. 

Active Markets: TW, ID, KR, HK

Minastir is based in TW and founded by Thomas Jacobson and Michael Poulsen, who are now taking their combined 15 years of experience in prop trading and building AI/ML investment models to create an AI-based asset management solution for fund managers. They’re currently working with a client in South Korea, but are looking to target hedge fund managers globally. 

Active Markets: TW, KR

Aiello is based in TW and founded by Vic Shen, who worked on the development of Google Home and led the expansion of Google Assistant in Asia. He’s now taking his deep expertise in voice technologies to digitalize the hospitality industry through their IoT management and analytics solution Aiello SPOT. Currently, they’re working with a 4-star hotel in Taiwan, with plans to expand into SEA.

Active Markets: TW, CN

Fatster is based in TH and co-founded by Fabien Keller & Emmanuel Fauvel. Fabien sold his last startup to a major French bank and is now tackling the global problem of obesity. He’s created a mobile app that connects overweight people with other weight-loss buddies, while providing access to nutritional products & experts. Since launching earlier this year, they’ve acquired 20k users and logged 75k hours of activity.

Active Markets: FR, TH

A year to remember

It’s been a hectic year full of chaos and uncertainty. Widespread lockdowns and social distancing measures sent us fleeting into the confines of our own rooms, restricting physical interactions and forcing upon us a new normal characterized by seemingly endless Zoom fatigue. Nevertheless, we’ve proven that community is a concept that transcends far beyond physical limitations. Despite current travel restrictions, we still managed to attract some of the region’s most ambitious and bold entrepreneurs this past year, equipping them with an environment to learn from like-minded peers and mentors, both in-person and virtually through our hybrid offline-online program.

The ability to unveil their product/services and vocalize their passion to potential investors and partners after months of hard work is also a unique experience that we wanted to preserve by putting on the GSEA Startup Showcase. We understand that nothing can truly replicate the excitement of an in-person experience, but now with an online element, we hope to reach an even wider audience of our friends and partners in the startup community that normally wouldn’t be able to join us physically in Taipei. 

“COVID-19 has not only accelerated the importance of digital transformation, but also transformed the way entrepreneurs engage with the market, investors, and strategic partners. With the GSEA Startup Showcase, we hope to provide an efficient gateway for quality founders to connect with and learn from peers, collaborators, and partners, regardless of location. As the region’s leading ecosystem builder, we will continue to invest resources in fostering the regional startup community and delivering value to our founders,” say Jessica Liu, AppWorks Partner.

With the addition of startups recruited this year, there are now a total of 395 active startups and 1,331 founders in the AppWorks Ecosystem. Collectively, all companies produce a turnover of US$ 8B, an annual increase of 162% compared to the same time last year, and foster 17,359 employees, 73% more than the year prior. Altogether, the Ecosystem raised a total of US$ 2.36B, an annual increase of 140%, with an aggregate valuation reaching US$ 11B, growing 160% YoY.

【If you are a founder working on a startup in SEA, or working with AI / IoT, Blockchain / DeFi, apply to AppWorks Accelerator to join the largest founder community in Greater Southeast Asia.】


AppWorks Demo Day 2020 登場,23 支新創展現潛力!AppWorks 生態系總估值首度突破百億美元

大東南亞 (GSEA,東協 + 台灣) 最大創業加速器 AppWorks Accelerator (之初加速器) 在今日 (10/15) 舉辦 AppWorks Demo Day 2020。受到 Covid-19 影響,2020 上半年 Demo Day 暫停一次,因此這次的 AppWorks Demo Day 2020,分別從今年上、下半年進駐的 AW#20、AW#21 兩屆新創中,安排 23 支優秀的 AI / IoT 與 Blockchain / Crypto 團隊輪番登台。

23 支團隊中,10 支新創以 AI、5 支以 IoT、8 支以 Blockchain / Crypto 為創業主題。這群未來之星中,有 8 組國際團隊,分別來自香港、新加坡、印尼、瑞典、瓜地馬拉;有出身自 Google、Microsoft、聯發科的高管;有成功被併購出場的連續創業者;還有今年 17 歲,創下 AppWorks Accelerator 歷年紀錄、目前最年輕的創業者。 

長期以來,每次的 AppWorks Demo Day,已成為大東南亞新創圈的盛事之一。儘管全球疫情尚未結束,由於台灣防疫的卓越成果,讓 AppWorks 有幸能在台北舉辦大型活動。這次的 Demo Day,採取線上、線下雙軸發表,兼顧交流品質及防疫安全的方式,讓 AW#20、AW#21 新創,都能有更好的機會,展現產品、商業模式以及創業成果,尋求媒合投資人、企業合作夥伴、招募人才、媒體報導的機會。在活動現場,為管控入場人數以及消除疫情風險,採取限定邀請、實名入場制,僅開放給投資人、產業人士,並全程配合防疫措施,另安排線上直播讓所有人士觀看,透過線上觀看的民眾,以及線下入場的專業人士,總人數累計達數千人次,AppWorks 以此盡可能降低疫情對新創團隊的衝擊。

AppWorks Accelerator 目前以 ABS (AI、Blockchain、Southeast Asia) 作為招募新創團隊的三大主軸。誠如 AppWorks 長期以來持續向外界推廣,AI / IoT、Blockchain / Crypto 已成為改變未來的重要典範轉移,AppWorks Accelerator 自 2018 年的 AW#17 起,就鼓勵優秀創業者超前部署,限定招募 AI / IoT、Blockchain / Crypto 兩個領域的新創。此外,AppWorks 也看好東南亞經濟成長,以及數位浪潮帶來的成長紅利,從今年的 AW#21 起,除了原本的 AI 與 Blockchain,再加上面向東南亞市場的新創團隊。

觀察今年的 AW#20、AW#21 兩屆團隊,可發現兩個重要趨勢。第一,由於疫情的發展,加速人類社會的數位轉型腳步,包括遠端工作、零接觸商業模式、去中心化體系,都推升了科技升級的需求,在這當中,為優秀的 AI 以及 Blockchain 創業者,開啟了改變世界的機會之窗。第二,成立邁入第 10 年的 AppWorks Accelerator,校友網路發展蓬勃且區域化,持續扮演支持創業者長期成長的重要平台,因此吸引越來越多國際優秀創業團隊進駐,繼續引領大東南亞地區創業生態前進。

這兩個重要趨勢,展現在進駐團隊的統計數字上。今年 AppWorks Accelerator 在 AW#20 與 AW#21 兩屆,共招募 52 支團隊、82 位創業者進駐,其中 26 支以 AI / IoT 為主、 13 支以 Blockchain / Crypto 為主,以及 13 支佈局東南亞市場的團隊。此外,AW#20 是歷來創業經驗最豐富的一屆,其中 40% 的創業者,已是第二次以上的創業,而 AW#21 則最國際化,66% 的創業者來自台灣以外,橫跨 17 個國家。

潛力新創驚艷登場!

Poseidon Network,企圖用 Blockchain 技術顛覆雲端運算產業

新加坡 Glints,運用 AI 技術打造 HR-Tech 招聘及職業發展平台

來自台灣的 Poseidon Network,是頗受矚目的 Blockchain 新創。創辦人 Light 林弘全 (小光) 擁有豐富創業經驗,包括創辦無名小站、群眾募資網站 flyingV 等。相較於 Amazon、Microsoft、Google 等中心化的雲端服務,Poseidon Network 推動去中心化、可擴展性的 Blockchain 節點服務,透過全世界連網設備裝置中,未被充分使用的頻寬、儲存空間、算力,與 IoT 設備和 5G 電信技術結合,打造霧端節點服務 (Fog Device Service) ,為大眾提供裝置效益最佳化並賺取收益的機會。目前,整體系統涵蓋超過 30 個國家、2,000 個以上的節點,匯聚頻寬超過 1,000 Gbps、儲存空間超過 5 PB,此外,也已與台灣多家合作客戶洽談服務應用對接,讓資源能夠被有效運用,並正在積極拓展東南亞商業合作機會。

Poseidon Network 創辦人 Light 林弘全 (小光) 擁有豐富創業經驗。Poseidon Network 推動去中心化、可擴展性的 Blockchain 節點服務,企圖改變雲端服務產業。

來自新加坡的 Glints,是運用 AI 技術的 HR-Tech 新創。2013 年成立的 Glints,是大東南亞 (東協+台灣) 首個結合人才媒合科技的全端 (包含跨國團隊、遠距工作) 招聘及職業發展平台,目標拓展台灣、香港、印尼和越南等市場,2019 年完成由 Monk’s Hill Ventures 領投的 680 萬美元 B 輪融資。成立至今,Glints 每月發佈超過 4,000 份職缺,累計達 3 萬份職缺、超過 1 00 萬筆的人才履歷資料。

來自台灣的 Steaker,結合 AI 機器人建立新一代全球數位資產管理平台。Steaker 運用 AI 整合多元的投資策略,幫助客戶配置 Crypto 資產,更簡便的創造被動收益。2019 年 9 月創立至今剛滿一年,在封閉測試期間,已發展出超過 10 組資產投資策略、訓練超過 30 個 AI / ML Model、追蹤上百個市場指標,由機器人管理的總資產約 400 萬 USDT、平均 ARR 為 23%,即將開發完整商業模式。

Steaker 結合 AI 機器人建立新一代全球數位資產管理平台,運用 AI 整合多元的投資策略,幫助客戶配置 Crypto 資產,更簡便的創造被動收益。

來自新加坡的 Mighty Jaxx,致力針對設計師潮玩與收藏品,打造由 Blockchain 技術驅動的交易平台。Mighty Jaxx 成立於 2012 年,利用 3D 設計,把流行文化的概念融入玩具中,讓收藏者有全新體驗。至今,已與全球數百名藝術家,以及 Marvel、DC、Disney、New Balance、Fox 等國際品牌合作,預計在 2020 年,將可銷售 300 萬件潮玩與收藏品給來自全球超過 60 個國家的收藏者與買家。2019 年,Mighty Jaxx 獲得由 Eight Mercatus 領投的 160 萬美元 Pre-A 輪融資,創辦人 Jackson Aw 則曾在 2018 年獲得 Forbes 30 under 30 Asia。

AI 新創開發多元創新應用!

Astra 運用臉部辨識系統,協助企業管理現場員工

AHEAD Medicine,開發血癌免疫檢測 AI 分析平台

在本屆 Demo Day 登場的團隊中,可以看到 AI 應用蓬勃發展,已深入各產業與垂直領域,出現不少讓人眼睛一亮的創新應用。例如,來自台灣的 Astra,開發臉部辨識解決方案,協助大型企業管理遠端及現場員工,今年 4 月服務正式上線,在沒有投放廣告、尚未落地拓展的情況下,就已累計近 3,000 名員工用戶,主要來自日本與印尼,重要企業客戶包括日本電信公司 NTT 東日本、物業管理公司合同產業株式會社 (Godo Sangyo),以及印尼的大型賣場 Pondok Indah 等,都是擁有數千名現場員工的大企業。

同樣來自台灣的 AHEAD Medicine,開發血癌免疫檢測 AI 分析平台。能將血癌檢測的時間,從原本的 7 至 14 天,大幅縮短至檢測當天就能得知結果,降低病患與親友在等待報告期間的心理煎熬,也可爭取寶貴的醫療黃金期,創辦人 Andrea 王毓棻曾有癌症病史,將人生經歷轉換為創業動力,目前合作單位包括 UMPC (匹茲堡大學醫學中心) 以及台大醫學院;Dance Clout 致力打造舞者社群,用戶可上傳自己的跳舞影片,以 AI 骨幹分析和專業老師的舞蹈影片比對動作是否正確,創業團隊僅 17 歲,曾參加建中熱舞社,是正在就讀建中科學班的高中生,滿滿的年輕創業者能量,讓人印象深刻。

Dance Clout 致力以 AI 技術打造舞者社群,創業團隊僅 17 歲,曾參加建中熱舞社,是正在就讀建中科學班的高中生。

在 IoT 領域,本次 Demo Day 登場的團隊,創業成果也不遑多讓。台灣的 iAuto,開發自駕車解決方案,曾參加「2018-2019 杜拜全球自駕運輸挑戰賽」,在新創組脫穎而出,獲得第二名的佳績,並與台灣大哥大、台塑汽車貨運合作,結合 5G 網路,開發將在長庚養生村內落地運作的自駕車系統,是台灣新創與貨車運輸產業龍頭、電信業跨領域合作,發展工商應用自駕車的首例。另外,Aiello 打造的 AI 語音 SaaS 平台,可應用在旅宿、餐飲與旅遊等服務業的後台管理系統和線上數位語音服務;dp smart 成功開發出 6 顆 4K 鏡頭、360° 全景 VR,可一鍵直播的攝影機;WASAI Technology 專注在晶片設計,打造出可運用在 DNA 分析的高速 AI 晶片;來自新加坡的 Cognicept,則提供 SaaS 平台,可遠端即時輔助運行失敗的機器人,協助企業加速機器人實用落地以及 AI 化訓練。   

將 AI 運用在教學與學習,提升每一位學習者的成效,是未來重要趨勢,在這次的 Demo Day 上,也有多支團隊以此為創業主題。例如,來自瓜地馬拉的 TUTEEMI,提供不同學習需求的外語家教媒合服務,創辦人 Camila Sáenz,前後共獲得台灣 9 年的獎學金,一路從大學唸到博士班,長期感受到台灣美好的人事物,希望能透過創業回饋台灣,在台灣邁向國際化、雙語化的過程中貢獻價值。來自台灣的 Tera Thinker,運用教育 Big Data 分析,建立自適應學習系統;來自香港的 Sparksine,則開發新一代中文書籍閱聽服務。

來自瓜地馬拉的 TUTEEMI,提供不同學習需求的外語家教媒合服務,創辦人 Camila Sáenz,長期感受到台灣美好的人事物,希望能透過創業回饋台灣。

Blockchain 新創推動豐富落地應用!

Lootex 運用 NFT 技術,開發數位資產解決方案

Turing Certs 運用 Blockchain 進行學歷認證

除了 AI 領域外,Blockchain 是 AppWorks Accelerator 另一個重要主題。在這次的 Demo Day 中,有多支創業成果豐碩的 Blockchain 台灣新創登台,企圖創造更多元、更蓬勃的 Blockchain 應用場域。FULY.AI 開發投資策略機器⼈,提供投資人針對 Crypto 交易所 Bitfinex 的最佳即時利率⾃動放款服務;Lootex 運用 NFT (非同質化代幣) 技術,針對文創、遊戲、IP 等產業,提供開發 Blockchain 數位資產 (遊戲虛寶、數位收藏品) 的解決方案,目前,由 Lootex 所打造的商城,已有 11 家品牌進駐,知名客戶如電影<聖人大盜>將電影主角做成遊戲卡牌,創造票房以外的新營收來源;Pelith 致力打造 Blockchain 以及 DeFi (去中心化金融) 的解決方案及生態系,2018 年 8 月成立至今,已開發完成多個自營運產品及服務,近期最受矚目的,是成功推出 Hakka Finance,包括建立穩定幣交換平台 BlackHoleSwap、啟動三個流動性挖礦資金池;TuringCerts 運用 Blockchain 開發學歷認證解決方案,企圖降低企業與機構在學歷稽核的時間與成本,目前已獲得加州大學柏克萊分校、台大、清大、交大等大學全校或部分學院採用,並與新竹、中部、南部科學園區等單位合作。

Lootex 運用 NFT (非同質化代幣) 技術,針對文創、遊戲、IP 等產業,提供開發 Blockchain 數位資產 (遊戲虛寶、數位收藏品) 的解決方案。

疫情下展現創業韌性,AppWorks 生態系成長遠超越過往

從這次 Demo Day 登台的新創身上,可看出儘管遭逢疫情亂流,創業者們卻展現出強勁的韌性,將危機化為成長的契機。這樣的特質,也展現在 AppWorks 生態系的所有創業者身上。

AppWorks 從 2010 年正式啟動 AppWorks Accelerator,今年適逢 10 週年,整體生態系展現出遠超越過往的成長速度。不僅在總募資金額、總估值、整體年營業額都繳出三位數、成長一倍以上的佳績,皆是歷年之最,總估值也寫下突破百億美元的重要里程碑。具體成績包括:活躍新創累積至 395 家、共 1,331 位創業者,所有新創的加總年營業額來到 80.5 億美元 (約為 2,329 億新台幣),較去年同期大幅成長 162%,員工數 17,359 位,年增達 73%,生態系累積募資金額來到 23.6 億美元 (約為 683 億新台幣),年增率高達 140%,總估值達到 110.7 億美元 (約為 3,203 億新台幣),首度突破百億美元大關,較去年此時增加 160%。

對從 30 歲出頭進入 40 代,投入人生黃金十年創辦 AppWorks,陪著所有 AppWorks 創業者一路走來的 AppWorks 董事長暨合夥人林之晨來說,這是所有創業者一起努力寫下的新頁。他感性指出:「創業沒有奇蹟,只有累積。在全球疫情肆虐下,AppWorks 生態系全體能一起繳出這樣的成績,更顯難能可貴。回顧過去十年,AppWorks 與我們輔導的創業者,長期維持二十哩行軍的紀律,從混亂中尋找機會,在變動中保持成長。如今,這個巨大的飛輪已進入高速運轉期,期許未來能加速串連台灣與東南亞的社群,一起打造大東南亞數位經濟共榮圈。」

AppWorks 董事長暨合夥人林之晨指出:「創業沒有奇蹟,只有累積。回顧過去十年,AppWorks 與我們輔導的創業者,長期維持二十哩行軍的紀律,從混亂中尋找機會,在變動中保持成長。如今,這個巨大的飛輪已進入高速運轉期,期許未來能加速串連台灣與東南亞的社群,一起打造大東南亞數位經濟共榮圈。」

延伸閱讀:AppWorks Demo Day 2020 登場團隊介紹

【歡迎所有 AI / IoT、Blockchain / Crypto、面向東南亞市場的創業者,加入專為你們服務的 AppWorks Accelerator

關於 AppWorks 之初創投

2009 年成立,由「創業者」為「創業者」設立的創投與新創社群。致力在大東南亞地區協助下世代的創業者,抓住數位革命的成長機會。正如同 Mobile Internet 帶來了巨變,我們相信 AI 與 Blockchain 是今日的重要典範轉移。我們認為,創造一個偉大事業的過程中,團隊是主角,而投資人則是配角,我們專注扮演配角,從種子時期開始支持有想法的團隊,一路陪著他們打造區域級、世界級的偉大企業。AppWorks 目前共提供 Accelerator、Funds 與 School 等三項主要服務。更多資訊:appworks.tw

關於 AppWorks Accelerator 之初加速器

2010 年成立,現為大東南亞地區最具規模的創業加速器,每半年嚴選本區域最具潛力的新創團隊進駐。輔導新創團隊尋找 Product-Market Fit、幫助成長期團隊建立 Sustainable / Scalable Business Models。成立以來,從 AppWorks Accelerator 畢業的活躍新創已達 395 家、1,331 位創業者,串連成大東南亞最大的新創生態系。過去一年來,AppWorks Ecosystem 大幅成長,所有企業加總營業額達 80.5 億美元,年增 162%,員工數 17,359 位,年增 73%;生態系累積募資金額達 23.6 億美元,年增 140%,總估值則達到 110.7 億美元,年成長高達 160%。更多資訊:appworks.tw/accelerator 

關於 AppWorks Funds 之初創投基金

AppWorks 管理三支創投基金共 1.7 億美元,我們與認同我們理念的投資人合作,其中包括在科技製造、金融、媒體等業界領先的龍頭企業。我們每年進行 10 到 15 個投資案,目前為止已投資 55 家新創,其中許多在 GSEA 居於領先地位,如:91APP、KKday、ShopBack、Carousell、iChef 等,此外,Uber、隆中網絡 (6542.tw)、創業家兄弟 (8477.tw)、松果購物 (6740.tw) 也已順利 IPO。更多資訊:appworks.tw/investments

關於 AppWorks School 之初學校

AppWorks School 成立於 2016 年,致力協助渴望投身數位、網路與電商產業的人才,提供免費、實作、高效、與業界結合的紮實培訓計畫。成立至今,已畢業 256 位學員,其中 90% 成功轉職,在 91APP、KKBox、Line TV、WeMo Scooter、Gogoro 等知名新創與科技公司擔任軟體工程師。現經營有 iOS、Android、Front-End 與 Back-End 等專班。更多資訊:school.appworks.tw

Introductions to the Startups Pitching on AppWorks Demo Day 2020

AppWorks Demo Day 2020 將於今天 (10/15) 下午隆重登場,防疫考量下,為控制現場人數,這場活動將會是 Invite-Only,開放給投資人與產業相關人員。無法親臨現場的朋友,可以到 AppWorks Facebook Page 觀賞本次活動的實況轉播。

若你也想登上 AppWorks Demo Day 的千人大舞台,展現自己的產品與商業模式,AppWorks Accelerator 現正招收 AI / Blockchain / SEA 團隊,歡迎加入我們!

以下是將在 AppWorks Demo Day 2020 出場的 23 支新創團隊簡介:

AppWorks Demo Day 2020 will take place this afternoon. As COVID risks persist, social-distanced seatings will be implemented at the event and therefore this event is a by-invitation-only dedicated to investors & corporate representatives. If you’re unable to physically attend the event, you can catch the livestream on AppWorks Facebook Page.

If you are a founder working on an AI / Blockchain / SEA startup and want the opportunity to pitch your product and business idea to over a 1,000+ people at the AppWorks Demo Day, join us by applying to AppWorks Accelerator. We look forward to receiving your application!

The following are brief introductions of the 23 startup teams at AppWorks Demo Day 2020: 

1. Steaker

Digital asset management platform for pioneers.

Wilson Huang | w@steaker.com | https://steaker.com/

2. Mighty Jaxx

Blending physical and digital collectibles in gaming.

Jackson Aw | jacksonaw@mightyjaxx.com | http://www.mightyjaxx.com/

3. AHEAD Medicine

AI-assisted blood cancer diagnosis supporting tool.

Andrea Wang | andrea.wang@aheadmedicine.com | https://aheadmedicine.com/

4. Poseidon Network

Edge computing solutions for IoT equipment.

Light Lin | service@poseidon.network | https://poseidon.network/

5. Lootex

Build the basics for future gaming through blockchain technology.

Justine Lu | justine@lootex.io | https://lootex.io/

6. FULY.AI

Trading tools with the lowest risk strategy.

Rex Chen | rex@huijun.org | https://fuly.ai

7. Aiello

Conversational AI SaaS for Service industry.

Vic Shen | vic@aiello.ai | http://www.aiello.ai/

8. Dance Clout

Dancer community powered by AI choreography model.

Jerry Chang | jerry@danceclout.com | https://www.danceclout.com/

9. Cognicept

Injection of human intelligence into robots on demand.

Michael Sayre | michael@cognicept.systems | https://cognicept.systems/

10. iAuto

Safe, sustainable, scalable, and smart SDT solutions and automation services.

MY Lin | mylin@iauto-tech.com | http://www.iauto-tech.com/

11. TUTEEMI

The platform that bridges foreign tutors and locals.

Camila Saenz | Camila.rsaenz@gmail.com | http://www.tuteemi.com

12. Astra

Facial recognition to help businesses manage distributed workforce.

Gary Kao | gary@astra.cloud | https://www.astra.cloud/

13. Pelith

Comprehensive blockchain-based technical and financial solutions.

Jack Lai | jack@pelith.com | https://pelith.com/

14. CatCatmed

Revolutionizing pet products.

Jay Tam | jayctam86@gmail.com | https://www.louiscatlitter.com/

15. Polymerize

AI model to revolutionize material innovation and discovery in the polymer industry.

Kunal Sandeep | kunal@polymerize.io | https://polymerize.io/

16. Glints

Tech-enabled local and cross border recruitment.

Fred Ng | fred.ng@glints.com | https://glints.com/

17. Tera Thinker

AI-based adaptive learning platform.

Jason Yang | chunyou0830@gmail.com | https://terathinker.com/

18. Minastir Technologies

AI-powered asset management solutions for financial institutions.

Michael Poulsen | mp@minastir.com | https://minastir.com/

19. Divao

Passwordless and Single Sign-on powered by Cryptography.

Alice Lo | alice@divao.io | http://divao.io

20. Sparksine

Mandarin book summaries app and website.

Issac Wong | isaac@sparksine.com | https://www.sparksine.com

21. Turing Certs

Issuing tamper-proof verifiable certificate for students.

Jeff Hu | jeff.hu@turingchain.tech | https://certs.turingchain.tech/

22. WASAI Technology

High-speed and high-accuracy genome sequencing platform.

Calvin Hung | calvinhung@wasaitech.com | https://www.wasaitech.com/

23. dp smart

Six-lens panoramic one-click live streaming camera.

Kevin Chiang | Kevin.chiang@dpsmart.com.tw | https://dpsmart.com.tw/

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AppWorks Demo Day 2020 is Coming on October 15

AppWorks’ highly anticipated demo day is ready to bring you once again founders who are working at the forefront of AI / IoT, Blockchain / Crypto, and SEA.

COVID-19 interrupted our usual semi-annual showcase earlier this year, so AppWorks Demo Day 2020 will look to bring you the best of both AppWorks #20 and AppWorks #21. This particular demo day will feature 23 startups, with many pioneering innovative digital solutions for working and living under the “new normal.” Among these rising stars, we’ll also have international teams joining us from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Sweden and Guatemala.

This batch also features the youngest founder ever to join AppWorks Accelerator at the age of 17, alongside founders that tenured at Google, Microsoft, and MediaTek, as well as several serial entrepreneurs with multiple exits under their belts.

Please reserve your time and join us live on AppWorks Demo Day. Whether you’re looking for opportunities to invest, collaborate, or stay abreast on the latest trends across AI / IoT, Blockchain / Crypto, and SEA, this is an event you definitely don’t want to miss!

*As COVID risks persist, social-distanced seatings will be implemented at the event and therefore it will regretfully be changed to by-invitation only dedicating to investors & corporate representatives. If you are one & need an invite, email us at a@appworks.tw

久等了!AppWorks Demo Day 讓您看見區域數位經濟最前緣,這一次,我們將再次帶給您專屬於 AI / Blockchain / SEA 新創的一場盛會。

和過往一年兩屆、半年一次的 Demo Day 有所不同,受疫情影響,這次的 AppWorks Demo Day 2020,將從今年 AppWorks #20、#21 兩屆團隊中,精選 23 支優秀的團隊輪番登台。這群未來之星中,除了台灣團隊外,另有來自香港、新加坡、印尼、瑞典、瓜地馬拉等地的團隊;有出身自 Google、Microsoft、聯發科的高管;有成功被併購出場的連續創業者;還有今年 17 歲,創下 AppWorks Accelerator 歷年紀錄、目前最年輕的創業者。

歡迎您預留時間,於活動當天,參與我們的線上直播。無論您是想找投資機會、合作夥伴,或是想追上 AI / IoT、Blockchain / Crypto 與東南亞的最新脈動,這都是一場您不能錯過的盛宴。

*由於疫情尚未結束,本次 Demo Day 現場必須採梅花座,容量大幅減少,因此被迫改為邀請制,限定投資人與企業代表參加。如果您是上述人士,尚未收到邀請,請 email 到 a@appworks.tw

[Date] Thursday, October 15, 2020

[Agenda]

13:00 – 13:30 Opening Remarks

13:30 – 15:00 Startups Demo

Want to pitch on the stage of the next AppWorks Demo Day? Want to join the largest founder community in Greater South East Asia?Check out more info about AppWorks Accelerator on our website, and leave your contact information if you would like to get a notice of when we start taking applications for AppWorks #22 in November >>AppWorks Accelerator

Taiwan’s AppWorks Demo Day #19 Puts 18 of the Most Promising Greater Southeast Asian AI / Blockchain Founders on Stage

Our founders represent innovations in AI and blockchain that are happening across Greater Southeast Asia.

AppWorks Accelerator, the region’s longest-running accelerator with a focus on AI / blockchain, presents Demo Day #19, a showcase of 18 founders from Greater Southeast Asia (ASEAN + Taiwan), who are pushing innovations in AI / IoT and Blockchain in a US$ 3 trillion region. 

This founder-focused showcase underpins the case that Taiwan as a startup hub is an integral component of this growth region. Within only 18 months, AppWorks alumni have expanded their presence in GSEA 1.6x, testimony that the accelerator and the country are a launchpad for founders driving business change in a region where population growth is rising 3.5x the pace in Greater China. 

The 18 founders pitching today demonstrate experiments in the AI / IoT and Blockchain frontiers that are catalyzing growth in industries from real estate, to finance, to medical science. 

A total of 14 AI / IoT startups and four Blockchain startups pitched. Six of those founders are from Taiwan, and the other 12 come from around the world and GSEA. More than half of the founders in this batch are serial entrepreneurs, with many hailing from established tech companies like Google, Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, Agoda, IBM Watson, Initium Media, and PepsiCo. 

Having spent four months developing these frontier-shaping technologies in Taiwan, they will be pitching in front of the investors and potential corporate partners from Taiwan and SEA, including investment professionals and executives from Fubon Financial Holdings, Taiwan Mobile, Cathay Life Insurance, Wistron Corporation, Hungtai Group, UDN, FarEasTone, as well as Taiwan’s National Development Council,  and many more. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for investment and business collaboration for these founders. 

All of the founders pitching today have produced early traction, especially in customer acquisitions. Their products have pushed into new markets and many used Taiwan as a launchpad for potential accelerated growth throughout the region. 

Telepod is a smartEV shared scooter and a battery kiosk network, already rolled out in seven markets

Jin-Ni Gan, founder of Telepod, a miniEV mobility startup based in Singapore, has grown her mobility and battery kiosk platform to seven markets in an effort to bring transport efficiency and climate harm reduction to cities in developing SEA markets. 

Matters founder Annie Zhang was influenced by her journalism background to help content creators get paid, and remembered, through using blockchain

Annie Zhang, founder of Blockchain startup Matters from Hong Kong, will demonstrate a Blockchain platform that enables content providers to be paid for their content, rather than to have their content and revenue opportunities taken hostage by advertising algorithms and walled social media gardens. She has scaled to over 20,000 customers during her accelerator session. 

Shaq Tu, founder of Beseye, has booked giant Tokyo Railways as a client for the startup’s wifi-managed AI cameras, which scan the movement of people near railway tracks to prevent accidents.

SELF TOKEN from Taiwan creates Blockchain digital assets through Ethereum Smart Contracts and is committed to creating an ecosystem of immersive entertainment experiences.  Founder Jack Hsu also directed “The Last Thieves”, the world’s first film based on Blockchain. He was nominated this year for the Best New Director in the 56th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.

WeavAir is a sensors and analytics company started by Singularity University graduate Dr. Natalia Mykhalova. The company uses AI and IoT sensors to build a recurring revenue business model that helps developers and landlords pinpoint trouble spots in their building control systems. The team have embarked on projects with 12 clients in SEA, including FarEastone and the Airport Authority of Hong Kong. 

Arical co-founders Clement Tien (left) and San Wong (right) are using AI to work with companies like HongKong Land to shrink the amount of time it takes to perform real estate market analysis and architectural feasibility studies

Arical, co-founded by Clement Tien and San Wong from Hong Kong, is a platform that “unlocks the potential of property development” by using AI to create “instant” feasibility studies that provide value to investors and communities. Their AI 3-D generation engine enables clients like HongKong Land to spend only a few minutes to map out all feasible possibilities to optimize for the ideal product mix / tenant mix, as they have done recently in a project in Manila, the Philippines. This is an order of magnitude more efficient than the weeks and months it often takes to come up with new proposals.

The construction equipment platform Fourcons was started by founder Felix Hartantio, from Indonesia. Fourcons provides an AI-driven platform for finding, verifying and managing construction equipment. Only one month after launch, they have fulfilled US$11k in orders in several provinces in Indonesia, and they are rushing to fulfill the remaining US$800k, even as they scale to new provinces.

In the area of real estate, Blyng is an AI virtual assistant created by co-founder Julien Priour, which helps agencies cut down on missed opportunities in qualifying inbound leads. The company has secured several real estate agency clients in Europe and in GSEA. 

Anthony So, co-founder of OnMyGrad, faced a difficult time after his education and now wants to help other students like his former self understand exactly what they need to do to succeed in careers of their choice

Career development and workforce transition platform OnMyGrad, co-founded by Anthony So, from Hong Kong, works with recruiters to help students prepare for roles in several industries. They have engaged with 3,800 participants and 10+ universities over the course of the accelerator period, and taken in HKD $2 million (US$ 256k) in total revenue in just two months. 

KaChick co-founder Peggy Cheung and her fellow co-founder Larry Lam are travelers who want to unite photographers and brands through the capture of beautiful moments with loved ones

KaChick co-founders Peggy Cheung and Larry Lam have built a platform for sourcing authentic photography from over 1,500 amateur and professional photographers, and have taken steps to pair those media assets with brands in the hospitality and entertainment space to drive more engaging marketing and branding campaigns at lower margin cost. They have beta trials in place with regional companies like Dyson, Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, and AIA. 

Dent & Co founder (and dentist) Steve Chu will attempt to bring more smiles to the world through a medical services AI chatbot

Other AI startups include Dent & Co, a medical services AI chatbot created by dentist Steve Chu. Fluv, a pet care platform for local pet parents and sitters, is being demonstrated by former PepsiCo marketing staffer Candace Chen. 

Mellow, created by first-time founders Chester Szeen and Teresa Chan from Hong Kong, is an app to help young people and families manage finances. It enables children to use their “first money” through debit card usage and parent-regulated accounting. The app aims to grow into a platform targeting a US$2 trillion market, and they have created early development success in Hong Kong and Japan. 

Also in the vertical of payments, but focused on Blockchain, is Dapp Pocket, a crypto wallet app for Dapp lovers, created by Anderson Chen. And Portto, a Blockchain startup created by three former members of the crypto company Cobinhood promises to make the KYC and onboarding process for using Blockchain simpler. 

AI/IoT startup  Whoopee Robot, created by founder Morris Lu, is now operating in five local shops and has served over 10,000 cups of robotically-delivered espresso beverages.

Chien Lee demonstrated his AI-powered PR service SparkAmplify, which delivers an automated public relations system for clients. In one case, the platform generated 127,000 views for Mavin, Inc. during recent press events. 

Husband and wife team Dr. Lisa Hsu and Mark Mai built Gigvvy Science to shorten the time it takes to push scientific research into the hands of people who can use it to save lives

Finally, New Zealand-based co-founders Lisa Hsu and Mark Mai will demo Gigvvy Science, a platform for speeding up the sluggish vetting and reviewing of critical science research. 

Background and Recap 
AppWorks Chairman and Partner Jamie Lin said at the opening of the event: 

“The twice a year AppWorks Demo Days have always been THE go-to event for investors and corporate leaders to witness firsthand the development of cutting-edge technologies and their business applications that have a GSEA twist as well as meeting future startup stars. 

With AW#19, 68% of the founders hail from countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Ireland, Canada, the US, and China. Of the 31 teams that were admitted to the AW#19 program, 19 are working with AI/IoT, 10 with Blockchain/Crypto, and 2 are incorporating both technologies. What’s more, 23% of founders from this batch are female, which marks one of our highest percentages in recent years. 

With the addition of the graduates from AW#19, there are now a total of 376 active startups and 1,113 founders in the AppWorks Ecosystem. Collectively, all companies produced a turnover of US$ 4.97B, an annual increase of 98% compared to the same time last year, and have fostered the placement of 11,162 employees, 1,047 more than the year prior. Altogether, the Ecosystem raised a total of US$ 1.1B, an annual increase of 36%, with an aggregate valuation reaching US$ 4.72B, growing 29% YoY.

While the numbers alone are impressive, the trend of ASEAN+Taiwan is even stronger. Over time this connection continues to mark Taiwan as a launchpad for SEA founders. As we observe today’s pitches, keep in mind that as growth continues to accelerate in this dynamic region, this integral connection will continue to deepen and grow stronger.”

Founding Partner and Chairman of AppWorks Jamie Lin

The State of AppWorks Ecosystem

The State of the AppWorks Startup Ecosystem — 376 active startups; 1,113 founders, and US$ 4.97 billion in value, with over 11,000 jobs created

A list of today’s founders and teams