Thanks to everyone who came to our launch event last week.
During the event, three of our startup alumni (Green is the new Black, Vfluencer, and Pakpobox) shared their recent updates, while the eight new startups we've invested in for Cohort #4 introduced themselves.
Here are the eight startups our latest batch.
Betatron wins 2nd place in 'The Asian Startup Ecosystem Awards 2019' & meet our new Entrepreneur in Residence
The Asian Startup Ecosystem Awards 2019
Betatron was recently nominated in the category for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Asian Startup Ecosystem 2019' powered by Pitchdeck.Asia.
The competition was tough, with it being made up of 50 of Asia's biggest startup accelerators, investors, and eco-system builders.
Given the competitive line-up we're delighted to win the 2nd place overall and 1st place for Greater China.
With over 16,000 votes being cast across all categories, we were able to gain a remarkable 18% of the total votes in our section.
It's a fantastic validation of our team's hard work and a reflection of our growing network in Asia-Pacific.
Thank you to everyone in our community who voted for us!
Cohort 4 Applications
Applications officially closed last month on 14th December, and since, we've still continued to receive a number of new applications after the deadline.
We're now in the process of reviewing all the applications and inviting startups to our official round 1 pitches.
Last week, we interviewed 36 startups, with the format of a 5-minute pitch followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.
This week, we have another 36 startups pitching, so as you can imagine, it's going to be a very busy January for the Betatron team.
We've had numerous startups reach out and ask if they can apply after the deadline if they started their application but didn't complete it. The answer is yes. Please login to your Betatron application account and submit your completed details ASAP.
If any of you had any issues with the application, please reach out and we'll see if we can still accept your late submission.
TripGuru continues to scale after graduating from our second cohort earlier this year.
Their platform provides a one-stop terminus to gather information, craft an itinerary, browse for deals, book a trip, and connect with other like-minded travellers.
"Betatron has been instrumental for us as founders to understand the objectives, metrics, and success factors that our business needed at an early-stage to get funded"
– Sebastian Renzacci, CEO & Co-founder of TripGuru
International Compliance Workshop (ICW) continue to scale after graduating from our second cohort earlier this year.
Since graduating they've:
"IC Workshop received tremendous support from Betatron in technology, marketing and networking which helped us overcome our weaknesses as a traditional business innovator."
"Betatron's shared insights enabled IC Workshop to optimize and scale our business just in 4 months and we successfully closed US$ 1.25M funding right after the program. The reward we gained absolutely far exceeded our expectations!"
– Gary Lam, CEO & Founder of ICW
Congratulations to Pakpobox from cohort 1 for their new office opening.
They've continued to generate significant traction since graduating from our first cohort.
Since Betatron they have:
"Pakpobox gained tremendous value going through Betatron’s four-month program and having them as an active investor. Their guidance and support assisted us in optimizing the business and positioning us to scale effectively across Asia.”
– Sheldon Li, Co-founder & Chairman of Pakpobox
We're now into the final four weeks where applications are open for cohort 4.
The first batch of completed and submitted applications have been reviewed, so you'll be hearing from us shortly if we're interested to learn more about your startup.
As a reminder...
To apply, please visit betatron.co/apply.
At Betatron, we're focused on building a network.
A network where the best investors, mentors, entrepreneurs, and strategic partners collaborate to build the leading companies of the future.
I'd like to give a big shout out to our community partners above who share our vision and have been helping us find the next batch of startups for cohort 4.
We've just passed Betatron's two-year anniversary since we officially launched applications for cohort 1.
And what a busy last two years it's been for the Betatron team.
21 startup investments
24 community events
1000's of event attendees
Thanks to all of you who have helped us along the way!
It's going to be a busy couple of months for the Betatron team with applications now officially open for cohort 4.
We have two events coming up tomorrow where our Betatron team will be present to answer any questions you may have about our accelerator program.