Following the exciting Arena pitch battle at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2015, the winner has been announced in front of a cheerful applauding crowd. The battle took place between nine prosperous startups from Japan and elsewhere in Asia with Japanese startup Mana.bo clinching the title in the end. The winner has bagged a prize money of USD 10,000 and will have its name carved on Tech in Asia’ Arena champion trophy.
Mana.bo won the competition by impressing a panel of qualified judges comprising Batara Eto, co-founder and managing partner at East Ventures; James Riney, the newly-minted head of 500 Startups Japan; Akio Tanaka, co-founder and managing partner at Infinity Venture Partners; and Shinichi Iwata, Japan partner at Atomico.
Mana.bo is a new startup in Japan that aims to disrupt the Japanese online tutor market called juku which is worth USD 10 billion. Mana.bo allows students to get in touch with their respective tutors whenever they need help instead of having to wait for attending lessons at stipulated time slots. If a student requires assistance with a math problem or any part of his/her homework, then he/she could share the issue on Mana.bo platform and any available tutor can come forward and help the student out all in real time. Mana.bo makes use of a virtual whiteboard, text and live video chat to bridge the gap between tutors and students.
Besides Tech in Asia Tokyo 2015’s award of USD 10,000, Mana.bo also received support from other patrons including Freee and Japan Airlines. Freee will provide free accounting services worth USD 3,300 and Japan Airlines gave 50,000 free air miles to Mana.bo.
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