Asia Digest: Gobi & MDEC launch SuperSeed II Championship; MRT Jakarta launches new accelerator

Gobi Partners has partnered with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to launch the SuperSeed II Championship. In a separate development, Indonesian metro rail company MRT Jakarta has launched its own accelerator programme.

Gobi & MDEC launch SuperSeed II Championship

Kuala Lumpur-based venture capital firm Gobi Partners has forged a partnership with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to launch SuperSeed II Championship for early-stage Malaysian startups.

According to an announcement, the startups joining this programme will have the chance to secure a funding of up RM 15 million ($3.4 million) collectively allocated by the recently announced SuperSeed Fund II and MDEC.

The winners will have the chance to attend an entrepreneurship programme organized by Alibaba Business School that will be held in Hangzhou in 2021 and a wild entry to Sunway Group’s iLab Accelerator programme.

Deadline for registration is15 June 2020.

Last year, Gobi Partners partnered with MAVCAP and the Sunway Group to launch SuperSeed Fund II. The fund has a size of $10 million, and focuses on financing seed to pre-Series A startups in Malaysia.

MRT Jakarta launches new accelerator 

Indonesian metro rail company MRT Jakarta has launched its own accelerator programme to collaborate with startups that share its vision.

According to an announcement, during the 6-month acceleration programme, selected startups will have access to MRT Jakarta ecosystem, such as passengers, station facilities, rolling stocks, and transit-oriented development area.

The objective of this program is to create a partnership with startups and launch new solutions that will benefit both parties to increase revenue, branding, and customer experience.

“MRT Jakarta Accel launch is in-line with PT MRT Jakarta’s vision to stimulate economic growth through mobility improvement, traffic reduction, and development of urban transit system,” it said in the announcement.

Last year, MRT Jakarta collaborated with Gojek to provide a means of transportation to access the nearest station.

 

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.