SEA Digest: BCA unveils third cohort; Antler invests in 15 startups

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Indonesia’s private lender BCA has unveiled its third cohort while global VC and startup generator Antler has announced 15 new investments from its fourth programme.

Indonesia’s largest private lender BCA unveils third cohort

BCA, one of Indonesia’s largest lenders, has unveiled the third cohort of its accelerator programme in partnership with GK – Plug and Play, the company said in a statement.

The accelerator, called SYNRGY, has selected 11 startups focused on insurtech, data analytics, proptech, Enterprise 2.0, augmented reality/virtual reality, mortgage, and blockchain technology.

Startups will be provided with one-on-one mentoring, workshops, sharing sessions from experts in various fields. They will also collaborate with the BCA Group and its venture arm Central Capital Venture (CCV).

Safe, Bench, InvesProperti, Catalyst, Moodah, Nimbly, Sales1, Shortlyst, Smarteye.id, TapHomes, and Vexanium are the startups selected for the cohort.

Antler announces investment in 15 startups

Global startup generator and early-stage VC Antler announced its latest investment in 15 new startups from its fourth Singapore programme, the company said in a statement.

Antler held its fourth Singapore Demo Day and the first virtual one.

The 15 startups graduated from its latest programme, include: Approvd, Chloropy, Empala, Moneko, Pawjourr, Pretepop, Skibre, Vikree, Volopay, Workclass, YourRent,  Zealth-ai, Zopnik, Biogenes Technologies (COVID initiative), and Path BioAnalytics (COVID initiative).

Antler held its first programme in Singapore in 2018. Since then, it has generated 61 new tech companies from Southeast Asia. They have raised over $26 million in follow-on funding after finishing the Antler programme.

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.