JFDI.Asia, the first TechStars Network member in South East Asia has announced its first class of startups who will taking part in JFDI Innov8 Bootcamp 2012. Starting next week these startups will undergo 100 days of mentorship with JFDI and mentors as they build their businesses and prepare to pitch to international investors at a Demo Day at the end of the bootcamp. The startups were chosen from over 300 applicants and 1,000 participants at 6 Startup Weekends in Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, India, Indonesia and Thailand. The founders come from 12 different countries: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, India, New Zealand, Canada, France, Argentina, the United States and the Netherlands. Indian startup ‘Jobs Bolega’ were chosen from Airtel Startup Weekend held in Gurgaon.
The startups are:
Fill8 from Thailand is a social commerce application for mobile. We met this team at AIS Startup Weekend Bangkok. They have tremendous design skills and we can’t wait to see how they address the female markets of Southeast Asia.
Flocations is a travel discovery service that has been featured on the BBC. Based in Singapore, its founders come from France, Canada, India and Singapore. They love to travel and are scratching their own itch. We think they’re geniuses because every weekend they disappear off to some resort town in Southeast Asia, and it’s a business expense.
Gradeful is a Singaporean startup creating a mobile app to help parents, students, and teachers work better together. At first we thought they were going to build an app that would tell parents when to cane their children, and we were very excited about that because the revenue opportunities were obvious, but we realized that Singapore was too small a market and maybe parents elsewhere don’t beat their kids enough. So we pivoted.
Hobby Mash were the top team at Startup Weekend Manila. They are building a web app to connect communities of shared interest, with monetization models that Meetup can only dream about.
Jobs Bolega were chosen from Airtel Startup Weekend Gurgaon. They are building a voice based social network aimed at blue-collar workers throughout Southeast Asia.
Kark Mobile Education won 1st place at Telkomsel Startup Bootcamp in Jakarta. They are an established mobile gaming company and will be exploring new directions in educational games.
Wildby puts toys on the cloud. No one is more passionate about toys than these Singapore-based founders; they have deep experience in robotics and design. They built the resident robots that live in Hackerspace.SG.
Ontheroad make a mobile app for traveling sales professionals. The founding duo hail from New Zealand. Look out ladies, they’re pretty beefy.
Rocket Science Concepts are traveling the farthest to join us at JFDI. The Dutch trio are building a collaborative travel application to help friends decide where to go together. In fact, they used the app to decide to come to Singapore.
Qryo are a team of chain-smoking übergeeks from the Philippines. This will be their first time outside the country, but they will see nothing of Singapore because they will spend all their time in the JFDI bunker building apps based on QR codes that threaten to revolutionize the future of print.
TribeHired is a referral recruiting application, founded by an extremely deliberate Malaysian who personifies the word “grit”. In a good way.
CloudCFO are a small team in stealth mode who promise to disrupt the accounting and financial recordkeeping industries for both small businesses and households. Two out of the three founders have very fast motorbikes. The third doesn’t mind walking, he’ll catch up with the others later.