Topica Founder Institute (TFI) Recently Completed Its Bangkok Semester

Vietnam- based accelerator, Topica Founder Institute (TFI) recently completed its Bangkok semester with numerous Thai startups. The four-month rigorous programme finished in December with eleven startups successfully graduating from the program. The graduation showcase was held on 1st December at the C-Asean. Initially, 36 founders from 6 countries took part in the program from which 11 came out as graduates. The TFI program has given its graduates valuable insights into building scalable technology businesses.

Surawat Promyotin, the Executive Director of Bangkok Venture Club, said of the program, “TFI seems to provide a clear and sharp value proposition to startups that are early but serious. It’s not for dabblers, as the program appears to screen for maximum commitment and readiness within each batch.  This is also helpful to mentors who might prefer to be especially selective about the teams they advise.”

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8 graduating founders pitched their ideas and business models to over 40 venture capitalists and angel investors, such as Galaxy VenturesGREE VenturesCyberAgent VenturesUnitus ImpactCaregoInnovatubeDigital Ventures, and the Bangkok Ventures Club, a newly-formed angel investing network that recently raised a US$20 million fund.

Here are the eight startups that pitched to investors.

  1. AsiaGrab

AsiaGrab is a curated B2B marketplace for qualified Asian manufacturers, to sell their products globally with fully functioning services solution such as Live Chat, Payment Gateway and Logistics through 3rd-party partners global solution providers.

  1. CareerBolt

A jobs aggregator site that offers a quick and easy way to search for active job postings across industries and job functions. It also provides career Q&A network for career development purpose. This startup aims to not only get you jobs but also develop your career path potential along the way through resource-based features and products.

  1. Commment

Commment is a collaborative communications platform that reduces all the distractions and provides transparency for employees to optimize workflow.

  1. GrabaJob

A Tinder-styled job network; verified & certified the locally candidates. The application focuses on the service industry, or better known as the Pink Collar industry.

  1. HungryHub

A restaurant reservation app that provides high-value dining for its users.

  1. KParking

How to solve the problem of 9 million cars and only 1.5 million parking spaces? KParking has the secret sauce.

  1. PickaPet

PickaPet wants to rethink the way how the pet market can be sustainably grown and in the process reduce the population of strays.

  1. Teamprovements

While corporate training is an important element for companies, key metrics to measure the effectiveness is still lacking. Teamprovements wants to help trainers and training programs in keeping track of post-training best practices.

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