Asean Digest: Hidup raises $100k; BlueChilli healthtech accelerator inducts first cohort

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Indonesian proptech startup Hidup.co.id has raised over $100,000 in a seed funding round while Australia-based venture builder BlueChilli has announced its first cohort of startups to solve healthcare challenges in Southeast Asia.

Indonesian proptech startup raises over $100k

Hidup.co.id, an Indonesia-based proptech product launched by Digital Marketplaces Asia Pty Ltd, has received more than AU$150,000 ($100,725) in seed funding from angel investors in Australia as well as support from the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program from Department of Employment, Small Business and Training in Queensland, Australia.

The startup claims to offer a new way to find mid to long term accommodation rentals in major cities, according to an announcement.

Founded by Steven Ungermann, Hidup.co.id, which means “Living” in Bahasa, wants to change the way foreigners and expats search for long-term accommodation while relocating to Indonesia.

The company has offices in Jakarta, Makassar and remote teams in other Indonesian cities and in Brisbane, Australia.

It is also looking to replicate its business model in more Southeast Asian hubs like Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and others.

“We want to offer a streamlined experience for foreigners or nationals wanting to relocate in those large Indonesian cities, to find their new home and be totally stress-free of the paperwork and payment process, without doing pre visits and being onsite. We want to replicate the successful Spotahome’s business model from Europe to South East Asia,” said Ungermann.

Australia’s BlueChilli announces first cohort of startups

Australia-based venture builder BlueChilli has announced its first cohort of startups as part of its healthtech accelerator programme, according to an announcement.

Fours startups – Safe Space, Advanx Health, Xenomites, and Reemedy – were picked from over 150 applications across the region.

Through the programme, developed in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, founders will gain access to BlueChilli’s venture studio to help them advance their products, rapidly scale their customer base, secure investments and expand their teams.

Founders will also gain access to BlueChilli’s powerful network of programme partners and industry advisors from leading corporations and stakeholders across healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, science and research institutions, investors, consulting firms and successful scale-ups across Singapore and Australia.

In May, BlueChilli picked Singapore as the new headquarters for its healthtech accelerator for startups that address health challenges and opportunities in Southeast Asia.

BlueChilli, headquartered in Australia, with regional operations in the US, Indonesia, and New Zealand, has already invested in eight healthtech companies, including hardware startups BindiMaps.com and Talkiplay.com, mammography AI diagnostics service Alixir.ai, telemedicine platform VetChat.com, and out-of-home patient care platform CTARS.com.

Established in 2011, BlueChilli has launched 132 startups that have collectively raised over $170 million.

 

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.