TELSTRA-backed accelerator muru-D has announced its second cohort of startups in Singapore.
The programme attracted hundreds of expressions of interest and 130 applications from eight countries across Asia, muru-D said in a statement.
Over a recent weekend, the top 23 startups battled for their place in Cohort #2, which kicks off in September.
The 11 startups which make up muru-D Singapore’s second intake include B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) startups focusing on a variety of areas such as artificial intelligence for mobile app development, as well as solutions for logistics, fitness and micro-financing.
muru-D cofounder Annie Parker said that the achievements of the inaugural class of startups were outstanding, with the majority of teams securing funding well before Demo Night.
muru-D provides each startup with S$40,000 (about US$30,000) in seed capital.
It also provides the founders with access to six months of business support, a collaborative workspace in Singapore’s central business district, and introductions to mentors, coaches and investors.
“The 23 teams at the weekend’s bootcamp and final judging round exceeded expectations. I was particularly pleased to see that well over 40% of the teams at bootcamp had female founders,” said Parker.
The 11 startups selected for muru-D Singapore which represent seven countries from across Asia Pacific are:
- amtiss, Indonesia – amtiss is a cloud-based asset management solution that helps business and enterprise minimize an asset’s operating expenses and maximize its lifetime through predictive maintenance.
- CheckIt, Vietnam – CheckIt is a mobile app that helps people gain 80% of the insight of an educational book in 20 minutes anytime and anywhere they want.
- FreightKart, Singapore – FreightKart is a comparator and aggregator portal for end-to-end logistic solutions which integrates with ERP solutions, and a RESTful API for instant freight shipping quotes.
- Haftarent, Malaysia – Haftarent matches qualified tenants to vacant real estate, simplifying rental packages and introducing a suite of online services dedicated to both tenants and landlords.
- MoreMate, Thailand – MoreMate is a social network and dating mobile application for people looking to make new friends, spark a new romance or share a new experience with people around them or in other parts of the world.
- PlanforFit, Thailand – PlanforFit is an online tool for people who want to improve their health and wellbeing. PlanforFit’s blueprint feature allows people to get customised eating and exercise programs from top trainers.
- Kitset.io, New Zealand – Kitset.io uses artificial intelligence to help novices build cross-platform mobile applications at a tenth of the time and a fraction of the cost of hiring developers.
- Teman Usaha, Indonesia – Teman Usaha is a micro-financing application which connects lenders in Indonesia with high quality loan applicants.
- Winimy, Singapore – SeeChat by Winimy is a mobile CRM solution that enables consumers to interact with businesses over messaging without the need to know how the mobile number.
- YBIT Solutions, Philippines – YBIT Solutions is a modular enterprise resource-planning solution that is simple and easy to use.
- Zelos, Indonesia – Zelos is a creative recruitment platform connecting new talent to brands. They help students and graduates get jobs through a match-making algorithm, social analytics and assessment test.