Indonesian ride-hailing unicorn gojek on Tuesday announced the launch of Gojek Xcelerate, an accelerator programme that the company run in partnership with locally-based accelerator programme Digitaraya.
The programme is set to run for six months and is aiming to select 20 Indonesian startups with great social impact and rapid growth potential.
In developing the curriculum of the accelerator programme, Gojek Xcelerate is working with various organisations and companies, including Google Developers Launchpad, McKinsey & Company, and UBS, who had been a partner of Digitaraya in the past year.
The curriculum itself included materials such as growth hacking, machine learning implementation, business model development, and how to measure a company’s valuation. Participants will also have an opportunity for a face-to-face consultation with mentors with experiences in developing global-level tech companies.
Selected startups will also have the opportunity to have their products and service be available on the gojek platform.
“Based on our own experiences in running gojek, we are fully aware of the importance of sustainable learning process, in order for a startup to survive and thrive. By sharing best practices in Gojek Xcelerate, we expect to see the rise of real innovation to solve the challenges faced by society,” said gojek Group President Andre Sulistyo in a press statement.
He also stated that the company is looking to find the next Indonesian “unicorn seed” that will propel the country forward to become a “digital powerhouse in Asia.”
Registration for the programme is now open.
gojek’s direct competitor Grab had also launched its own accelerator programme Velocity, through its venture capital arm Grab Ventures.
Yesterday, Grab announced the launch of a home and appliances repairment services on its platform as a result of its partnership with local startup Sejasa, a graduate of the programme.
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