The Japanese subsidiary of French telecommunications conglomerate Orange had announced its first batch of eight teams to join its new accelerator programme Orange Fab Asia. The three-month programme will be based in Tokyo, Japan.
Fifty startups, who came from a wide variety of industries including cloud services, Big Data, mobile apps and hardware, had initially applied. Out of these 15 were shortlisted. A second screening was then conducted to narrow down to the following eight startups:
ABEJA, a two-year-old company dealing with real world optimisation tool using computer vision
Jin-Magic, a transmission control protocol which optimises mobile networks
livepass, a push-based mobile video ad network
Locarise, a Wi-Fi based retail analytics tool for stores
Mashroom, a communication device for touch screens
During the programme, the aforementioned eight startups will be given the opportunity to speak to relevant individuals and departments within Orange to “investigate partnership opportunities”. There will be also mentoring sessions from industry experts originating from Asia, US and Europe. In addition, all participants will be invited to present in Paris where they will get to meet top decision-makers in Orange Group.