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Discover World Alternatives Via the Rakuten Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

On the heels of a tremendously profitable first ever Techstars Demo Day in Asia, the Rakuten Accelerator, Powered by Techstars is trying to find its subsequent class of founders to affix the 2019 program, hosted in Singapore. Functions are open January 7–April 7, 2019, and this system begins in July, with Demo Day in October.

Rakuten was based in Tokyo in 1997 as a web-based market that now gives companies to greater than 1.2 billion clients all over the world. It has formidable presence in its residence market in Japan, places of work in South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent, and companies within the U.S. and Europe. Rakuten can be the principle world associate of FC Barcelona, one of many world’s most legendary soccer groups (soccer to you People), and official associate of reigning NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.

Along with its geographical span, the number of companies and industries that Rakuten operates in makes it a extremely attention-grabbing associate for founders to work with. Rakuten Group’s broad vary of greater than 70 on-line and off-line companies span e-commerce, journey, FinTech, digital contents and communications, in addition to bank cards, banking, securities, insurance coverage, digital cash sports activities. Founders who undergo the accelerator will acquire entry to all of those enterprise items throughout the course of the three-month program.  

Past the chance to work with Rakuten, this system’s location in Singapore is right for founders eager to discover Asian enterprise alternatives. Roughly three billion individuals throughout the Far East (Hong Kong, China, Japan), South East Asia, and the Indian subcontinent will be accessed by way of a brief one to 5 hour flight from the island city-state. In consequence, Singapore is the Asia headquarters for quite a few Fortune 500 firms, together with Unilever, BMW, Microsoft, Apple, Google, GE, Procter & Gamble, CISCO, Levi’s, UPS, Walt Disney, Pfizer, Novartis, Twitter, Sony, Philips, DHL, and extra. Founders can have the chance to fulfill key decision-makers from all of those firms throughout their keep in Singapore for this system.   

The Rakuten Accelerator, Powered by Techstars will present 10 bold startups with the chance to discover world aspirations by levering Rakuten’s sources from all over the world. The three-month immersive mentorship-driven program consists of preliminary funding and an inspiring work atmosphere, and gives founders entry to the Techstars worldwide community of greater than 10,000 business specialists, mentors, founders, and traders. The Techstars world portfolio of over 1,600 firms, together with firms like SendGrid, Digital Ocean, PillPack, and Classpass, continues to develop, and to supply unparalleled worth to founders who need to construct world companies.

We welcome purposes from founders from internationally who’re engaged on applied sciences that apply to communication, knowledge advertising and marketing and digital commerce. Begin your software now or hold studying for extra details about assembly us or requesting workplace hours.

Meet the Staff

We’re holding workplace hours from January to early April, all around the world, between conferences and Meet & Greet occasions. In case you’d like to fulfill with us, please try the dates and instances under and fill out this assembly request type. We’d love to listen to from you even when we aren’t in a position to go to your metropolis. We’ll be internet hosting frequent digital workplace hours.

Schedule (extra occasions being added):

Mumbai (STARup & E-Summit) – January 18-19
Hong Kong (StartmeUp Pageant) – January 21-23
New Delhi – February four
Mumbai (TIEcon) – February 5-6
Hyderabad – February 7
Bangalore – February eight
Berlin (Lean Startup Summit) – February 12
Redwood Metropolis, CA (StartupGrind World Convention) – February 12-14
New York Metropolis – February 20
Tokyo (Slush) – February 22-23
Barcelona (Cellular World Congress) – February 25-26
Tel Aviv (Fintech Week)  – March four–7
Singapore (Cash2020) – March 19
San Francisco – March 19

We additionally advocate that you simply comply with us on Twitter for particular updates, new occasion postings, and reside Q&A. Join with us right here: #TechstarsRakuten and @Techstars.


Dhritiman Hui

Dhritiman Hui
Dhritiman is the Managing Director of the Rakuten Accelerator, powered by Techstars, and was most just lately an Funding Director at Tuscan Ventures – an funding agency based mostly in India, and previous to that an Funding Director BW Ventures, a world funding agency that funded each startups in addition to supplied development capital to and brick-and-mortar firms.

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