Indonesian ed-tech startups Zenius and Ruangguru are offering free online learning programmes to students amid the novel Covid-19 outbreak. In a separate development, Taiwan-based accelerator SparkLabs had held its third demo day, selecting as many as eight startups.
Indonesian ed-tech startups offer free courses
In the wake of the novel Covid-19 outbreak, Indonesian ed-tech startups Ruangguru and Zenius are offering free online learning programmes to their students.
Ruangguru has launched Free Ruangguru Online School, through which it is offering long-distance learning via live teaching sessions on its app.
Going forward, the company is set to provide 15 live teaching channels, as well as exercises and try-outs, covering all lessons in the national curriculum from elementary to secondary high school level.
Zenius, meanwhile, has been offering free access to its e-learning platform for the last few months and says it will continue giving free access to 80,000 learning videos that span across Zenius’ platforms.
As of March 2020, Zenius claims to have more than 80,000 learning videos for grade 1 elementary through grade 12, as well as exercises and learning materials. All of these learning materials can be accessed free of charge under the #SemuaBisaZenius programme.
Several local governments (Pemda) in Indonesia have decided to cease all schooling activities temporarily, starting this week. Moreover, the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) also plans to postpone the national examination.
SparkLabs Taipei selects 8 startups
SparkLabs Taipei has selected as many as eight startups for its third cohort on its demo day held on March 11, according to a statement.
The startups who were selected include coffee maker iDrip, Cocomelody that offers an omnichannel retail experience for bridal shopping and PenguinSmart that provides rehab therapy. Others who made it to the list are Terminal 1, MoBagel, FunTek, JustKitchen and VAR LIVE.
The third batch of SparkLabs Taipei’s startups focuses on providing solutions across various industries, from telemedicine to commercial AI to IoT.
“SparkLabs Taipei is committed to identifying top early-stage startups in Taiwan and Asia. Of the 18 startups that we have invested in, we are the first institutional investors in 9 of the teams. There is a lack of early-stage funding in Taiwan’s VC scene, and we want to fill that gap,” Edgar Chiu, SparkLabs Taipei’s managing partner said in a statement.