Jakarta Startup Weekend was held on 5th- 7th July, closed with three winners at the peak of the event - DapurCity was chosen the third best followed by Pulse.co.id and Bill.E grabbed the top place. On the first day the event at @america, there were 30 ideas that pitched. The event was attended by 120 entrepreneurs and other 50 attendees comprised of venture capitalists, @america communities and startup enthusiasts. Some of Startup Weekend attendees were the new blood in Indonesia’s tech scene who are trying to learn about making profitable and customer validated startups in the future, but there were also hackathon veterans and former startups employees. It was a good mix of people with a ratio for non-tech:designer:programmer being 3:1:2. In the end, from all the 30 ideas that pitched it was down sized into 12 companies as below:
Day 2 and 3 was held at Prasetiya Mulya Business School (Cilandak Campus). With some tough judges on the panel, the teams started to build their product & business model to pitch for the final day on second day itself. The jury comprised of Rama Mamuaya (DailySocial), Stefan Jung (Rocket Internet), Fajar Budiprasetyo (IceHouse), Richard Fang (Weekend Inc), and a surprise judge, Aulia Masna (DailySocial). Mr. Andy Zain, Danny Wirianto, and Prof. Agus could not make it because of some emergencies.
Surprisingly, a lot of people had volunteered to mentor all those startups other than the ones that were listed on the website. Venture Capitalist, Kei Shibata of Republic Ventures, took part in this coaching session with other volunteer coaches from Thailand, Philippines, and Singapore. In total there were around 20 mentors.
The prizes were offered by Amazon Web Services, Grupara Inc, DailySocial, and all the teams were invited to join the Freeware Co-Working Space and two of the companies have confirmed to have their base of operations at this startup community co-working space. Microsoft gifted Microsoft BizSpark’s Azure to all of the attendees without the constraint of applying to the program.
Startup Weekend Jakarta was organized by Grupara Inc, an Indonesian based investment company which focuses on investing in early stage startups. The event was facilitated by Amarit Charoenpan of HUBBA Thailand, a Thai entrepreneur who wants to help building Asia’s startup ecosystem.