Over 100 investors including MIH Internet, JAFCO Asia, iGlobe Partners, Crystal Horse Investments, WaveMaker Labs, Golden Gate Ventures and Jungle Ventures attended ‘Demo Day’, an event to showcase the results of the JFDI – Innov8 2012 Bootcamp, this morning. Demo Day marked the end of an intensive 100 day acceleration programme that has given 11 digital start-up companies seed funding, intensive mentorship from international industry experts and the potential to access mobile markets across Asia.
Like several local and international investors, SingTel Innov8 (Innov8), the corporate venture arm of the SingTel Group, has opened discussions with some of the bootcamp teams about the possibility of investing. In the last week, two participants, Kark Mobile Education and ShopSpot, have already received investment offers.
The bootcamp was organised by Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI) with sponsorship from key partner, Innov8, and grants from SPRING Singapore and Singapore’s Media Development Authority. Each start-up received free access to technology facilities worth over S$100,000, provided by technology vendors and S$15,000 capital from local business angels. In addition, 50 local and international mentors provided advice, as the start-ups raced through the 100-day programme.
Mr Sindhu Prabowo, CEO of bootcamp start-up Kark Mobile Education said: "The JFDI – Innov8 Bootcamp has been a really good experience. The mentors have been great, helping us refine the financial and technical aspects of our project. Our mindsets shifted when the mentors challenged us to think bigger and see our project as something that could go global. Now that is happening."
Mr Hugh Mason, CEO and Co-Founder of JFDI said: “This is a great result for the start-ups, the JFDI –Innov8 Bootcamp and the regional start-up ecosystem. For the first time, the fast-track accelerator approach pioneered and proven successful in the US by TechStars has delivered real results in South East Asia. Just as in the US, the bootcamp has been a community effort that would not have been possible without the huge generosity of many people and organisations.”The start-up companies featured at today’s event were:
Mr Edgar Hardless, CEO of SingTel Innov8 said: “We are delighted to be part of this pioneering programme. Working with partners such as JFDI, we hope to help create the confidence and processes to inspire and deliver innovation for consumers and businesses across the region.”
Teams participating in the JFDI – Innov8 2012 Bootcamp were selected for their technical and communications skills as well as their passion to solve problems in a particular domain. Many were first-time entrepreneurs with no formal business training, but had the commitment to apply the ‘Lean Startup Methodology’ which lies at the heart of the TechStars method. Coupled with community support, this method is the 'secret sauce’ that offers the chance to create valuable companies quicker and more consistently than ever before.
Mr Meng Wong, Co-Founder and Social Engineer at JDFI said “The Lean Startup method is all about finding ‘fit’: a fit between an idea and a team; problem/solution fit and product/market fit in a way that maximises the chance of success for a start-up and makes investment attractive to early stage investors because they can see that a business has eliminated many risks. Our aim was to have teams focus on customer discovery, hypothesis testing, market validation, and development of a minimum viable product. Some have gone farther than others but all have used a scientific process that roots their decisions in evidence from the real world.”
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