Are you planning to start your venture in Asia? Or, are you a startup owner looking for funding and mentorship?

For your convenience, we reviewed current accelerator programs in the Asia Pacific region and selected the top 10.

If your startup is based outside Asia, feel free to make use of a list of the best startup accelerator programs in Europe, and best startup accelerator programs in the US.

To stay up to date with current deadlines, announcements and news check the official websites of the programs.

Top 10 startup accelerator programs in Asia

1. ImpacTech

ImpacTech’s curriculum for the acceleration programs and the workshops is a 3-4 months program focused on developing and building leaders by enhancing the entrepreneur’s soft skills, such as self-leadership, negotiation skills, coaching approaches in business, storytelling, influencing techniques and more.

The selected startups will gain access to workshop and content sessions that not only help to build the foundation of their enterprise, but also inspire unique ideas and push the limits of their imagination – all geared towards preparing them for Demo Day.

2. Bangkok Bank InnoHub

Bangkok Bank InnoHub is a 12-week program that will allow you to collaborate with
one of Thailand and Southeast Asia’s largest commercial banks.

Bangkok Bank is one of the largest banks in the region, a formidable entity in both banking and business. Thus, through the structured support and potential investment from Bangkok Bank and/or Nest in this program, international startups and local startups are able to apply innovative technologies in Thailand and the greater SEA region.

3. EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars

The EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars, based in Singapore, is the world’s first global MaritimeTech accelerator. Techstars and EPS have come together to drive innovation in the maritime industry and cultivate and mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs in an industry that is ripe for disruption.

Located in the world’s maritime capital, the accelerator is focused on technologies related to regulations, fuel efficiency, vessel operations, digitalization and navigation.

4. FinLab

The FinLab operates acceleration programs focused on propelling the growth of innovative financial technology (FinTech) and technology companies and catalyses the digital transformation of businesses. The programme will be run in Thailand in 2019.

It is first accelerator to run a business transformation programme for SMEs to innovate and digitalise for growth. The Smart Business Transformation Programme (SBTP) aims to equip owners of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with tools to increase revenues, raise productivity and expand to new markets, while leveraging on curated technology solutions to do so.

4. Tune Labs

Tune Labs, based in Kuala Lumpur, is looking for aspiring entrepreneurs and founders with a prototype or minimum viable product, preferably in industries focusing on but not limited to mobile, travel, e-commerce and fintech.

They offer:

  • Variable time program
  • To go out and raise funds based on the achieved KPIs to drive the business forward with new money
  • Opportunity to validate your product across a massive customer base
  • In-house development team to accelerate the development of product

5. SOW Asia

SOW Asia aims to be the trusted partner and investor of choice to social-impact organisations looking to scale their impact in Hong Kong and throughout Asia.

It aims to you to help you find the funds, talent, connections and expertise you need to grow your business. They organize pitch nights for you to showcase your business, where they invite their investor networks (philanthropists, impact investors and angel investors). Where there is alignment, SOW Asia may also invest or co-invest.

6. Plug and Play Asia Pacific

Plug and Play is a global startup ecosystem and venture fund specialising in the development of early-to-growth stage technology startups. Plug & Play’s Asia Pacific was launched in 2010 to invest in high tech startups in the region.

Since then they have invested in more than 30 startups and have collaborated with various agencies of the Singapore and Indonesian governments, as well as partnered with multinational and regional corporations to run industry-specific accelerator programs as well as other innovation initiatives.

7. The Yield Lab Asia Pacific

The Yield Lab Asia Pacific, based in Singapore, is the latest expansion of the global The Yield Lab accelerator is a food and agricultural technology (agrifood tech) accelerator and venture fund focused on driving innovation across the entire Asia Pacific region.

The Yield Lab Asia Pacific will invest US $100,000 into seed stage technology companies that revolutionize agricultural and food systems to sustainably provide for the world. These startups take part in tailored accelerator programming and receive one on one mentorship and access to the Yield Lab’s global network of agricultural businesses, scientists, farmers and investors.

8. collab

collab is an open innovation program that matches insurtech startups with business opportunities at MetLife Korea. After a rigorous application process, startup finalists will be selected to compete for a revenue-generating contract of USD100,000.

​Startups gain access to MetLife Korea’s ecosystem and the validation of a leading US Fortune 50 company.

9. GnB Accelerator

First global accelerator in Indonesia dedicated to progress and innovation that brings together the people, the funding, and the partners that drive business velocity.

GnB is a collaborative program between Japanese IT company Infocom Corporation and Fenox Venture Capital from Silicon Valley. It is a global network dedicated to progress and innovation that brings together the people, the funding, and the partners that
drive business velocity.

10. Zeroth.AI

Zeroth is Asia’s first accelerator program backing founders working on frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotics.

They invest capital into visionary founders at the pre-seed and seed stage, and partner with them over 3 months to build their startups through a team of experienced entrepreneurs, network of partners and investors, and a community of other founders.

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