Indonesian agritech startup Jala has come out as the winner of the Judges’ Choice category in the Echelon Top100 Indonesia Qualifier Roadshow, co-organised by e27 and DailySocial.
The startup is set to receive S$3,000 (US$2,200)-worth of prizes that include an exhibition space and pitching slot at Echelon Asia Summit 2018, which is set to be held in Singapore in June 28-29, 2018.
It will also get six-month worth of hot desk in any WeWork space in Southeast Asia, and S$500 reimbursement.
Jala provides water quality management platform for shrimp farmers, one of the most popular fishery products in global market.
Indonesian shrimp farmers usually spend up to US$6,300 to hire shrimp experts, but using the Jala platform, the startup claimed that they would only need to spend US$450.
Build by a team with a background in fish farming, the startup is looking to collaborate with Ministry of Fisheries and Ministry of Communications and Informatics to implement their device to farmers.
The competition also named Medika as winner in the Fan Favourite category, chosen based on audiences’ vote on Facebook. The startup helps users discover and book medical and beauty practitioners.
The startups were being judged by a panel consisting of Kuan Hsu of KK Fund, Khairu Rejal of Rekanext VC, and Paul Meyers of Muru-D.
They were being chosen based on problem and solution, market, revenue model, team, and the quality of their pitch during the event.
According to Meyers, Jala was chosen as winner based on how they address an existing problem with the use of technology and data, and their potential to scale regionally.
“I always advise the startups at Muru-D that we always need to talk about solving problems,” he said.
The Top100 APAC 2018 is brought to you by Block71 Jakarta, StartupSG and SPRING Singapore, True Digital Park, WeWork, UOB, and MDEC.