SE Asia Digest: Grab Ventures Velocity selects five startups; Gojek partners Deliveroo

In updates from the region’s two ride-hailing unicorns, Indonesia-headquartered Gojek has collaborated with three startups including Deliveroo to support delivery service in Singapore while rival Grab announced that it has shortlisted five startups under its Grab Ventures Velocity programme.

Grab Ventures Velocity selects five startups for third batch

Grab announced that it has shortlisted five startups – including four from Jakarta and one from Singapore – as part of the third batch of the Grab Ventures Velocity programme. The shortlisted startups are focused on the culinary business, it said in a statement.

GVV Batch 3 aims to focus on startups that provide value-added services for the restaurant businesses and B2B logistics space, especially amid the pandemic COVID-19.

The GVV programme will run for 16 weeks after which the five startups will pitch their business to Grab. Successful startups will get the opportunity to collaborate with Grab through a commercial partnership.

The five startups include Luna POS that provides a cloud-based cash register, inventory management and accounting solutions for SMEs; KliknClean that offers cleaning solutions for culinary businesses; Printerous that provides customized design; GetCraft that connects curated content creators such as influencers and photographers; and, Workmate that provides a digital manpower solution to culinary businesses.

Gojek partners Deliveroo, two others to support delivery service in SG

Ride-hailing unicorn Gojek’s Singapore unit has partnered with Deliveroo, Advo, and Ebb & Flow Group to offer delivery services and create additional earning opportunities for its driver-partners during the COVID-19 period.

Under the agreement with food delivery startup Deliveroo, Gojek driver-partners will take on food delivery, picking up meals from restaurants, and delivering them to the customers. The service will be available in the districts around Central Singapore, comprising Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Toa Payoh and Geylang.

Meanwhile, its partnership with education financing firm Advo will push an initiative to deliver more than 2,000 meals to financially-needy single-parent households in Singapore. The meal is also supported by tech-driven F&B company, Ebb & Flow.

 

 

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.