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In partnership with Slush Singapore, seven promising startups from across Telenor’s Asian accelerator programmes have been selected to travel to Singapore for Digital Winners Asia. It’s a meeting of the minds and competition to win funding to expand into new territories.

The seven startups represent the most promising companies from accelerators Telenor Velocity in Pakistan, Digi Challenge-for-Change in Malaysia, GP Accelerator in Bangladesh, Phandeeyar in Myanmar, and dtac Accelerate in Thailand. Together, they are some of Asia’s top tech trailblazers from pioneer markets recognized for their considerable potential.

The entrepreneurs will make their case for new market ventures, pitching to tech leaders from Singapore, South- and Southeast Asia at Telenor’s annual Digital Winners Asia event (DWA).

DWA will debate issues such as how much developing economies have to gain from startup ecosystems, how to secure funding, and what’s new and what’s coming to key startup scenes, both leading (such as Singapore) and emerging (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar).

The startups also get to attend the two-day Slush conference in Singapore where startups from the region will be pitching, listen to inspiring keynotes from tech leaders and meet potential investors.

Vegard Aas

“We’re always on the lookout for the best ideas for new digital products and services, as well as talents to help grow and nurture. Increasingly, we find them in the young startup communities in our Asian accelerators. As a digital service provider, one of our central goals is to improve our customers’ lives through new innovations and great services, so helping our local startups thrive and scale is part of how we do this,” explains Vegard Aas, Head of Innovation.

Meet the selected seven startups

Artsy (Telenor Velocity, Pakistan)

Mateen Ansari of Artsy from Pakistan

Founded in 2016, Artsy is an online store dedicated to highlighting the efforts and makings of any Pakistani artisan. They are a platform where artisans, entrepreneurs, and crafters from all over Pakistan can showcase their work and abilities. They set out to provide a holistic artistic experience to the consumer by harnessing the talent of Pakistani artists and artisans. As of now the platform has 150 vendors/makers on-board. Website, Facebook.

BAXS Technology (Digi Challenge-for-Change, Malaysia)

Mohammad Atif Bin Riduan and Mohd Zuhairi Bin Zulkiflee of BAXS Technologies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BAXS Technology is a company that wants to change the way of communication between the deaf community with the common person by developing assistive mobile-powered technology for them and give them a better world. BAXS Technology’s mission is to revolutionise sign language education and build seamless interaction between the deaf community – and the world. Currently, the company is developing EDDY, a 3D sign-language dictionary. www.baxstech.com/

Cramstack (GP Accelerate, Bangladesh)

Hasib Mahmud and Mir MD Nazmus Sakib of Cramstack in Dhaka, Bangladesh

The complete data solution platform for enterprises, Cramstack mines data from a variety of sources and tailors to match businesses’ analytics needs. The company provides powerful analytics for enterprises to understand how people use their platforms, including apps or websites. Data mining, storage and analysis features are designed to help business make the most of data and create a data-driven culture in their organisations. www.cramstack.com

MicroPower Labs (Telenor Velocity, Pakistan)

Abdullah Soomro of Micropower Labs in Pakistan

They are a technology and innovation focused start-up aiming to create next generation tech gadgets. They are trying to bring products closer to people by integrating human centered designs in their product development cycle. Their core competency lies in hardware development. Their products include the world’s fastest charging power bank, a 5000mAH power bank that charges in just 15 minutes and a product in development which is the world’s first solar powered wearable cooling device. Micropower Labs has been supported and funded by one of the largest accelerators in the world, Start-up Chile, NEST I/O (Google of Entrepreneurs Pakistan), and is a member of Telenor Pakistan’s Velocity programme. Website, Facebook

SHEBA.xyz (GP Accelerate, Bangladesh)

Adnan Halim, Nazmul Ahmed and the Sheba.xyz team in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Formed in June 2015 as the brainchild of a number of young entrepreneurs, Sheba.xyz was commercially launched in September 2015 within Dhaka city. Pioneering the “Service Platform”, Sheba.xyz quickly became the largest and most trusted provider available within the country, connecting customers with services in dozens of key categories – from household to transportation, from electronics to digital security. It has already received local and international awards including the prestigious GP Accelerator and Innovation Extreme. The leading telecom company Grameenphone is also a valuable shareholder of Sheba.xyz. Sheba is expanding its operation at a rapid rate and it aims to be a global company within the next 5 years. www.sheba.XYZ

MM Tutors (Phandeeyar, Myanmar)

Skylar of MMTutors in Yangon, Myanmar

MM Tutors is an online education platform that connects qualified tutors with students in need – anywhere in Myanmar. Customers search for tutoring services by subject and can book tailored tutorials online where they are matched according to need and location. MMtutors has systematic test process and takes the time to individually interview and train each and every tutor they employ. Their tutors are the public face of MM Tutors, so are chosen with great care. Tutors range in experience from undergraduate students to teachers and professors. Customers are provided with a full profile of each tutor before coaching begins.

TourKrub (dtac Accelerate, Thailand)

Jakapan and Non of the Bangkok-based TourKrub team last month after just winning the trip to Digital Winners in Singapore

An online platform offering worldwide out-bound tour packages. In just a few months, TourKrub has successfully sold more than 6000+ traveller with GMV of about 250 million Thai baht (7.5 million USD). TourKrub is among Thailand’s leading travel and tourism e-commerce platforms. www.tourkrub.co 


Planet Entrepreneur will share updates from the Slush event and Digital Winners Asia in Singapore on 18-20 September.