This latest intake represents the accelerator’s fifth batch, and includes the first Bangladeshi and Pakistani startups to be selected.
The 10 Asia-Pacific entrants are:
- Ayannah (The Philippines) has developed a number of B2B and B2C financial services for underbanked communities, including cross-border remittances
- BabyChakra (India) is a parenting and pregnancy advice app
- Kulina (Indonesia) delivers meals on a subscription basis, using tech to make the supply chain and logistics more efficient
- Maya Apa (Bangladesh) crowdsources answers to anonymous user questions on topics such as healthcare and legal issues
- Monkey Junior (Vietnam) offers online courses in languages, mathematics, and science for young children
- m.Paani (India) uses loyalty schemes and special offers to help brands gain marketing insights
- Niramai (India) – is building a low-cost, software-based diagnostic system for detecting breast cancer
- Priceza (Thailand) is a price comparison app and search engine for shoppers
- SocialCops (India) collects, cleans, and analyzes data to help governments and nonprofits with policy and strategic decision-making
- VividTech (Pakistan) wants to improve the experience of being put “on hold” by your service provider by replacing looped muzak with interactive and visual experiences
Established last year, Launchpad is a six-month scheme that selects growth-stage startups from emerging markets, providing equity-free support including mentorship and an all-expenses-paid, two-week training at Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley.