AppWorks Demo Day #22 Unveils 18 New Startups

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — On July 14, 2021, AppWorks Accelerator held its 22nd demo day, unveiling 18 startups operating across the frontiers of AI, Blockchain, and Southeast Asia. In response to widespread lockdowns and social distancing measures across the region, AppWorks for the first time ever held a fully virtual Demo Day, broadcasting live across its Facebook page and YouTube channel with more than 1,000 collective viewers tuning in.

AW#22 officially kicked off in March 2021, featuring 24 teams and 40 founders, of which 33% are female and 43% serial entrepreneurs. Over 14 nationalities are represented in this batch, with more than two-thirds targeting markets outside of Taiwan including Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, the US, and the Netherlands. Fintech was by far the most popular industry vertical, followed by ecommerce, logistics, foodtech, among others. A snapshot of the pitching teams are provided below:

1. ALIA: AI financial advisory app

Nadia Amalia | nadia@chatalia.io | http://www.chatalia.id

2. AREA 02: Sneaker resell marketplace platform in Asia where users can easily buy, sell, and trade

Cory Chen | cory.chen@area02.com | https://www.area02.com

3. Credidi: AI credit scoring service using transaction data 

Vincent Liaw | vincent@credidi.ai | https://credidi.ai 

4. Fika: Asia’s female-focused AI social & dating app

Denise Sandquist | denise@keepfika.com | https://keepfika.com

5. Find Recruiter: Recruiter marketplace for Asia talent

Lawton Lai | lawton@findrecruiter.com | https://www.findrecruiter.com

6. Giftpack: AI-powered corporate gifting CRM

Archer Chiang | archerwindy@giftpack.io | https://giftpack.ai

7. Homexin: Platform which solves problems for hospitalized families

Jonathan Hsiao | jonathan@homexin.com.tw | http://www.homexin.com.tw 

8. KOLpass: MarTech platform for micro/nano influencers

Pierce Hung | pierce@kolpass.org | http://www.kolpass.org 

9. MedHyve: AI-powered procurement tools and dashboards for medical institutions

Gabriel Henry J. Lopez | gabriel@medhyve.com | https://medhyve.com 

10. PillTech: B2B healthcare marketplace

Vireak Chea | vireakchea@pilltech.com.kh | https://pilltech.com.kh

11. Sendjoy: Cameo for Asia

LC Lim | liangchun@sendjoynow.com | www.sendjoynow.com 

12. Sensay: AI-powered English speaking homework tool for educators

Caren Chen | caren@oksensay.com | http://www.sensay.tw 

13. ShowHue: AI visual tool for eCommerce

Hannie Liu | hannie@showhue.com | http://www.showhue.com

14. Spaceship: Smart logistics platform

Wun Chi Lam | chilam@spaceship.hk | http://www.spaceship.hk 

15. Swugo: The subscription service that makes any bike an electric bike

Samuel Ijsselmuiden | samuel@swugo.com | http://www.swugo.com 

16. TANG app: International peer-to-peer payment app

Rebecca Kersch | rebecca@tangapp.org | http://www.tangapp.org 

17. Waku: F&B and catering platform

Anthony Gunawan | anthony@wakuliner.com | http://www.wakuliner.com 

18. WTH Foods: Plant-based meat alternatives

Stephen Co | stephen.co@wthfoods.ph | https://www.wthfoods.ph

The startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia is now entering the next phase of development, with more and more companies like Carro and PatSnap entering the unicorn stable, while existing unicorns including GoTo (Gojek+Tokopedia), Grab, and Bukalapak all announcing their plans to go public. It was only a few years ago when the region experienced its very first public exit with Sea Group in 2017, resulting in many employees splintering off to start their own entrepreneurial endeavors. Now it’s increasingly becoming the new norm, just as with the pandemic. Although AppWorks is in its 11th year running, our mission with events like Demo Day remains consistent—to continue facilitating the region’s digital transformation by creating the strongest community of founders and fostering more opportunities for collaboration with and investments in startups. 

The AppWorks ecosystem reaches new echelons of success

Traditionally, AppWorks has held its Demo Day twice a year, becoming one of the premier events for digital innovators across the region. Travel restrictions and physical limitations have only served to speed up digital adoption among consumers and businesses alike, clearly reflected in the growth of our ecosystem. With the addition of AW#22, there are now 414 active startups and 1,396 founders in the community. Both the total funds raised and valuation have more than tripled in the last year. The ecosystem’s collective turnover also achieved a new milestone, crossing the US$10 billion mark, more than doubling from the year prior, while creating close to 20,000 jobs in the process.

Although the pandemic has adversely impacted the global economy this past year, the AppWorks ecosystem has been able to accelerate in growth. The driving force behind this momentum stems from all the efforts of entrepreneurs, capitalizing on the latest paradigm shifts and technological innovations. “The four major paradigm shifts that we identified, namely AI, Blockchain, NFT, and rising Southeast Asia, are happening in full swing, and opening tremendous opportunities for founders. This new generation of technologies is evolving at higher speeds than its predecessors, implying faster and bigger disruptions, and endless vectors of applications. This is a once-in-a-lifetime window—there’s simply no better time to be a startup founder,” says AppWorks chairman Jamie Lin.

【We welcome all AI, Blockchain, NFT, or Southeast Asia founders to join AppWorks Accelerator

AppWorks – Greater SEA’s Leading Accelerator + VC

Founded in 2009, AppWorks is a startup community built by founders, for founders. We are committed to fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs in Greater Southeast Asia (SEA + Taiwan) and helping them facilitate the region’s transition into the digital era. Just as how mobile completely transformed the status quo, we believe nascent technologies such as AI and blockchain will eventually redefine the global paradigm.

As such, whether it’s mentorship, investment, or talent, AppWorks has established a one-stop shop for ambitious founders willing to bet against the consensus and drive a change they see in the world. We help startups build disruptive businesses from even an inkling of an idea into world-class enterprises through our three primary lines of service: Accelerator, Funds, and School.

AppWorks Accelerator

AppWorks Accelerator is the leading launchpad for bold and ambitious entrepreneurs targeting Greater Southeast Asia. Every 6 months, we take in startups with strong potentials, equipping founders spanning all walks of life with the necessary resources, mentorship, and guidance to get their ventures off the ground.

There are now a total of 414 active startups and 1,396 founders in the AppWorks Ecosystem. Collectively, all companies produce a turnover of US$ 12.9B, an annual increase of 124% compared to the same time last year, and provide 18,591 jobs, 24% more than the year prior. Altogether, the Ecosystem raised a total of US$ 4.3B, an annual increase of 221%, with an aggregate valuation reaching US$ 17.4B, growing 231% YoY. More information: appworks.tw/accelerator

AppWorks Funds

AppWorks manages three venture capital funds totaling US$ 212 million. We’ve attracted a diverse array of LPs who believe in our vision, including Taiwan Mobile, Fubon Life Insurance, Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan’s National Development Fund, Hungtai Group, The CID Group, Wistron Corporation, Phison Electronics, CDIB & Partners Investment Holdings, Far EasTone, UDN Group, and Axiom Asia Capital. We fund 10 – 15 deals a year, now with 60+ companies in our portfolio including leading startups in GSEA like Huolala, 91APP, KKday, ShopBack, Carousell, and iChef, while having produced 4 IPOs: (Uber, NetPublishing, KuoBrothers, Mobix, and 91APP) and 1 IEO (FLOW). More information: appworks.tw/investments

AppWorks School

Established in 2016, AppWorks School has strived to cultivate a pipeline of skilled labor to help our  community meet the technical demands of tomorrow. Quality talent has always served as the bedrock of innovation, yet shortages still remain the foremost challenge that tech companies in GSEA face today.

Within four years, AppWorks School has now graduated 305 software engineers, 90% of these graduates went on to pursue successful software engineering careers in prominent companies such as 91APP, KKBOX, Line TV, Hahow, VoiceTube and WeMo Scooter. AppWorks School currently provides five courses: iOS, Android, Front-End, Back-End Development and Data Engineering. More information: school.appworks.tw


18 支國際新創登場 AppWorks Demo Day #22,AppWorks 生態系整體價值、營業額大幅成長 2 倍

大東南亞最大創業加速器 AppWorks Accelerator (之初加速器) 在今日 (7/14) 舉辦 AppWorks Demo Day #22。Covid-19 加速數位轉型,AppWorks 也不例外,因疫情而無法像過去一樣舉辦大型實體活動,為了讓來自大東南亞以及全球各地的來賓,皆能同步參與,本屆 Demo Day 是 AppWorks 首度全數移往線上舉辦,分別在 AppWorks 的 Facebook 專頁以及 YouTube 頻道上進行直播,共有 18 支優秀的的新創團隊輪番登台,會後,AppWorks 也為各團隊,與投資人、企業代表安排一對一的線上交流,媒合新創、投資人與企業合作夥伴。

AppWorks Accelerator 聚焦在 ABS (AI、Blockchain、Southeast Asia) 三大主題,並持續看好 NFT 等次領域的發展。AW#22 自今年三月正式進駐,經過 3 個多月的密集加速,在這屆團隊中,背景十分多元且國際化,共有 24 支團隊、40 位創業者,共來自 14 個國家與地區,其中,33% 為女性創業者、43% 為連續創業者。共有 18 組團隊在今日的 Demo Day 登場,除了 6 組台灣團隊外,另有來自印尼、越南、新加坡、菲律賓、柬埔寨、香港、美國、荷蘭共 12 組國際團隊,比例高達 67%。

長期以來,每年舉辦兩次的 AppWorks Demo Day,已成為大東南亞新創圈的盛事之一。舉辦的主要目的,在於促進新創社群的國際交流、投資、商務媒合,以及創造更多的可能性。在正式活動開始前,AppWorks 總共收到約 300 位來自創投、企業、新創以及其他相關單位的代表報名,本屆 Demo Day 的線上觀看總人次突破千人,持續為大東南亞地區的創業生態系挹注能量、創造蓬勃發展。

台灣、印尼、越南、新加坡、菲律賓等團隊接連登台

來自印尼,由 2 位女性創業者共同打造的 ALIA,運用 AI 技術,透過分析個人消費紀錄與行為,為用戶提供個人理財與消費建議,協助年輕人做出更好的個人財務決策。上線僅 5 個月,已累計追蹤分析超過 1.5 億美元的消費資訊,為超過 7,500 名印尼用戶提供的專業建議,平均每月可省下 3 成的支出,未來,ALIA 也規劃將這些數據,進一步串接延伸應用至借貸、投資、保險等領域。

來自越南的 Fika,以 AI 技術打造新一代的交友 App。透過 100% 真人驗證、AI 配對、貼近亞洲用戶使用行為的 UI / UX 介面,提供更安全、對女性更友善、使用體驗更佳的交友服務。自去年十一月上線至今,累積下載 45 萬次,月活躍用戶 (MAU) 達 13 萬人,並在越南,位居 Google Play 上免費交友類別第一名、App Store 上 Life Style 類第四名。

在台灣居於領先地位的潮牌球鞋交易平台 Area02,廣受年輕的時尚、潮流迷喜好。在上線的前 20 個月內,累計成交金額 (GMV) 突破 210 萬美元,月活躍用戶達 18 萬人,今年前 5 個月,成交金額較去年同期成長高達 75%,在站穩台灣市場後,預計將在明年啟動新加坡、菲律賓、馬來西亞等市場的東南亞拓展。

除了 Area02,本屆還有 5 支值得關注的台灣新創團隊。ShowHue 運用 AI 演算法,為電商與零售商提供自動快速美化商品照片的解決方案,目前已成功串接 Shopify、Shopee、WooCommerce、Wix 等平台,上線半年內,累積超過 200 家企業用戶。Credidi 水滴 依據大數據來建立個人信用評等,鼓勵使用者建立個人信用,以此來享受更多、更方便的金融或生活服務,上線以來,陸續推出記帳與對發票的功能,8 個月內累積 50 萬使用者。Homexin (Home 心) 的平台,可快速媒合合法、合格照護員提供醫院照護服務,目前已與衛福部合作,與 5 家醫院簽約合作。Giftpack 從 CRM 角度切入,建置企業送禮平台,目前已累積來自 17 個國家、超過 500 個企業帳戶。KOLpass 創辦人結合台積電工程師、專業模特兒的個人工作經驗,開發以網紅、KOL 真實意見為導向的數位媒合平台,能在每位 KOL 單位成本下創造 5 倍以上的營收。

在台灣以外,菲律賓是本屆國際團隊來源最多的國家,共有 3 隊,從中,可以看到菲律賓數位經濟發展的最新線索。MedHyve 針對醫院與診所的採購需求,打造相關的 AI 工具與平台,預估可因此節省 40% 的採購成本、70% 的採購時間,目前已獲得超過 200 家醫療與診所採用,平台上匯集近百家供應商,提供超過 3,000 項商品。TANG App 建構 P2P 支付工具,希望打造普惠金融,服務無銀行帳戶 (Unbanked) 的用戶。WTH Foods 則研發並提供植物性肉類產品,切入垂直電商領域。

除了來自菲律賓的新創,另外 7 支國際新創團隊的表現,也不遑多讓。Waku 為印尼領先的 One Stop Shopping 餐飲預訂與外送平台,串接數十個雲端廚房,提供 16 種餐飲類別、超過 1.5 萬種選項,目前為超過 200 家企業提供餐飲服務,預計在今年可達到服務 300 萬人次的里程碑。來自香港的新創 Spaceship 建立新一代的全球智慧物流平台,串接物流商以及電商平台,提供國際商品宅配到貨的服務,在 2020 年,營收達 500 萬美元,獲得超過 10 萬名用戶。同樣來自香港的 Find Recruiter,則建立 On-demand 的職缺獵才平台,為東南亞企業解決人才招募問題。來自柬埔寨的 PillTech 則致力打造專供醫療用品的 B2B 交易平台,目前已吸引超過 30 家供應商提供超過 3,500 件商品。來自新加坡的 Sendjoy,則建立一般民眾與網紅的媒合平台,製作客製化影片給親友。來自美國的 Sensay,讓英語教師可建立英語口語練習課程讓學生學習,並以 AI 協助評分口語能力。來自荷蘭的 Swugo,開發出以訂閱制將自行車升級改裝為電動自行車的解決方案。         

AppWorks 生態系持續加速成長

AppWorks 從 2010 年正式啟動 AppWorks Accelerator,至今已來到第 22 屆,邁入第 11 個年頭,整體生態系持續展現出超越過往的成長速度。在累計募資金額、全體總價值都繳出成長超過兩倍的佳績,兩者成長幅度皆是歷年之最,全體年營業額也首度寫下突破百億美元的重要里程碑,紮實的營業額成長,代表為大東南亞地區的經濟發展帶來實質貢獻。具體成績包括:活躍新創累積至 414 家、共 1,396 位創業者,所有新創的加總年營業額來到 129 億美元 (約為 3,612 億新台幣),較去年同期成長 124%,全體提供就業數 18,591 位,年增 24%,生態系累積募資金額來到 43 億美元 (約為 1,204 億新台幣),年增率高達 221%,總價值達到 174 億美元 (約為 4,872 億新台幣),較去年此時大幅增加 231%。

儘管過去一年來,疫情為全球經濟帶來極大衝擊,AppWorks 生態系卻反而更加高速成長,背後的關鍵,來自所有創業者的努力,掌握了最前緣的典範轉移以及破壞式創新。AppWorks 董事長暨合夥人林之晨指出:「從 AppWorks 生態系與創業者身上,我們觀察到 AI、Blockchain、NFT、Southeast Asia 這 4 個如火如荼發生中的典範轉移,正為創業者帶來巨大的機會。相較過往多年才出現一個大型板塊位移,如今居然有這麼多個同時發生,開啟大量顛覆的可能,鼓勵優秀的創業者,不要錯過這個千載難逢的窗口。」

延伸閱讀:AppWorks Demo Day #22 登場團隊介紹

【歡迎所有 AI、Blockchain、NFT 與目標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 (東南亞 + 台灣) 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 414 家、1,396 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 129 億美元,年增 124%,提供就業數 18,591 位,年增 24%;生態系累積募資金額達 43 億美元,年增 221%,總價值則達到 174 億美元,年成長達 231%。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 2.12 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,目前為止已投資超過 60 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、創業家兄弟、松果購物、91APP 已順利 IPO;FLOW 也已順利 IEO。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 305 位學員,其中 90% 成功轉職,在 91APP、KKBOX、Line TV、Hahow、VoiceTube、WeMo Scooter  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、Back-End 與 Data Engineering 等專班。更多資訊:school.appworks.tw

Introductions to the Startups Pitching on AppWorks Demo Day #22

AppWorks Demo Day #22 will take place this afternoon at 3:00pm (GMT+8). Tune into our livestream on YouTube or Facebook.

You can find a brief introduction to each pitching team and founder below.*

1. ALIA

AI financial advisory app

Nadia Amalia | nadia@chatalia.io | http://www.chatalia.id

2. AREA 02

Sneaker resell marketplace platform in Asia where users can easily buy, sell, and trade

Cory Chen | cory.chen@area02.com | https://www.area02.com

3. Credidi

AI credit scoring service using transaction data 

Vincent Liaw | vincent@credidi.ai | https://credidi.ai 

4. Fika

Asia’s female-focused AI social & dating app

Denise Sandquist | denise@keepfika.com | https://keepfika.com

5. Find Recruiter

Recruiter marketplace for Asia talent

Lawton Lai | lawton@findrecruiter.com | https://www.findrecruiter.com

6. Giftpack

AI-powered corporate gifting CRM

Archer Chiang | archerwindy@giftpack.io | https://giftpack.ai

7. Homexin

Platform which solves problems for hospitalized families

Jonathan Hsiao | jonathan@homexin.com.tw | http://www.homexin.com.tw 

8. KOLpass

MarTech platform for micro/nano influencers

Pierce Hung | pierce@kolpass.org | http://www.kolpass.org 

9. MedHyve

AI-powered procurement tools and dashboards for medical institutions

Gabriel Henry J. Lopez | gabriel@medhyve.com | https://medhyve.com 

10. PillTech

B2B healthcare marketplace

Vireak Chea | vireakchea@pilltech.com.kh | https://pilltech.com.kh

11. Sendjoy

Cameo for Asia

LC Lim | liangchun@sendjoynow.com | www.sendjoynow.com 

12. Sensay

AI-powered English speaking homework tool for educators

Caren Chen | caren@oksensay.com | http://www.sensay.tw 

13. ShowHue

AI visual tool for eCommerce

Hannie Liu | hannie@showhue.com | http://www.showhue.com

14. Spaceship

Smart logistics platform

Wun Chi Lam | chilam@spaceship.hk | http://www.spaceship.hk 

15. Swugo

The subscription service that makes any bike an electric bike

Samuel Ijsselmuiden | samuel@swugo.com | http://www.swugo.com 

16. TANG app

International peer-to-peer payment app

Rebecca Kersch | rebecca@tangapp.org | http://www.tangapp.org 

17. Waku

F&B and catering platform

Anthony Gunawan | anthony@wakuliner.com | http://www.wakuliner.com 

18. WTH Foods

Plant-based meat alternatives

Stephen Co | stephen.co@wthfoods.ph | https://www.wthfoods.ph

*If you are an investor or corporate representative and need more detailed information about the teams or want to connect with AW#22 founders, please email us at a@appworks.tw.

Interested in joining the largest founder community in the region? Applications are now open for >> AppWorks Accelerator #23


AppWorks Demo Day #22 is Coming on July 14

#漢文在下 AppWorks’ highly anticipated demo day is ready to bring you once again founders who are working at the forefront of AI, Blockchain, and SEA. This time, we have decided to bring it online and present our first ever virtual demo day to make it more seamless and accessible for our guests across the region. 

This particular demo day will feature 18 startups. Among these rising stars, we’ll have founders joining us from across the region including Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and over 10 other markets represented. This batch is quite diverse with over 40% of them as serial entrepreneurs with some exits under their belts, and over 30% of them are founded or co-founded by women. 

Please RSVP to receive a calendar invite with more info and join us live on AppWorks Demo Day #22 on YouTube or Facebook. Whether you’re looking for opportunities to invest, collaborate, or stay abreast of the latest trends across AI, Blockchain, and SEA, this is an event you definitely don’t want to miss!

*This is a public event, however to facilitate better connections with the founders we’ll organize an invite-only post-campaign, dedicated to investors and corporate representatives. If you are one & need an invite, email us at a@appworks.tw.

半年一次,AppWorks Demo Day 帶您看見數位經濟最前緣,這一屆,我們將再次帶給您專屬於 AI、Blockchain、目標東南亞市場團隊的一場新創盛會。本屆,我們將首度移往線上舉辦,讓來自大東南亞各個國家的來賓,皆能同步參與。

本屆 Demo Day,將有 18 支優秀的新創團隊登場。在這群明日之星中,背景十分多元且國際化,共有來自台灣、印尼、菲律賓以及另外超過 10 個市場的創業者,其中超過 40% 為經驗豐富的連續創業者,另外也有超過 30% 由女性主導的新創。

無論您是想找投資機會、合作夥伴,或是想追上 AI、Blockchain、東南亞的最新脈動,這都是一場您不能錯過的盛宴。若想參加,敬請回覆報名,以獲得更多團隊資訊,也可直接前往 AppWorks 的 Facebook 專頁YouTube 頻道觀看線上直播。

* 本次 Demo Day 是對所有人開放參加的線上活動,但為了促進與創業者們有更密切的交流,我們將在活動結束後,針對投資人、企業代表另外安排一場限定邀請的交流,若您想獲得邀請並參加,請 email 至 a@appworks.tw

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Agenda (GMT +8)

15:00 – 15:15 Opening Remarks

15:15 – 16:00 Startups Demo

16:00 – 18:30 1-1 sessions with AW#22 founders (on-demand scheduling)

Want to pitch at the next AppWorks Demo Day or join the largest founder community in Greater Southeast Asia? Apply now >> AppWorks Accelerator #23

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.】