Digitaraya itself has accelerated more than 50 startups from 12 countries in the Asia Pacific, and partnered with other global players such as Google Developers Launchpad, McKinsey & Company, and UBS Swiss financial services company, which helped enrich Gojek Xcelerate’s collaboration by adding a variety of their world-class curriculum .
Gojek Group President Andre Soelistyo said the accelerator includes a variety of curricula that teach growth hacking methods, the use of machine learning for process automation, development of appropriate business models for startups, ways of valuing company valuations, and exclusive problem solving sessions with Gojek’s leaders as well as global consultant McKinsey.
“Technology not only offers solutions to the challenges faced by society but also opens access so that people can contribute and enjoy the benefits of the digital economy,” Andre said at the launch at Gojek Xcelerate Learning Space, which is located inside Menara Digitaraya, Tuesday (10/09/2019 ).
Andre said Gojek saw the use of technology as the fastest way to bring a positive impact on society. Startups not only have to survive, but they also have to develop. Through Gojek Xcelerate, Gojek opens up opportunities for startups whose products and services solve Gojek’s consumer problems, to be integrated into the Gojek platform.
Gojek Xcelerate participants will get the Google Developers Launchpad curriculum, McKinsey, UBS, Digitaraya and also the Gojek curriculum specifically designed based on the success of Gojek as the first Indonesian startup to successfully penetrate the world stage
“Developing startups is not enough just to provide funding, but it is also important to prepare them to be able to respond to various challenges that will arise in each phase of their journey,” said Andre.
Indonesia can also become a major technology player in the Southeast Asian region, supported by strong red and white startups. With more startups having a social impact, Indonesia can accelerate digital economic growth. Thus, Indonesia continues to be a leader in its own country, even in Southeast Asia.
Based on Google and Temasek research titled SEA 2018 e-conomy shows the digital economy will be predicted to reach US $ 240 billion in 2025 where this year has reached US $ 72 billion. Meanwhile, Indonesia is the fastest growing country and the largest market size in Southeast Asia with contributions reaching US $ 100 billion in 2025.
This big potential is what Andre said must be utilized by local startup businessmen. “With this great potential, we must take advantage of opportunities while creating more social impact through technological innovation so that Indonesia can increasingly accelerate digital economic growth and become a leader in our own country and become a leader of the digital economy in Southeast Asia,” he said.
Digitaraya Managing Director Nicole Yap said Digitaraya helped accelerate the startup business, there were many interesting and solutive ideas from the nation’s children. We believe that the presence of Gojek Xcelerate can give birth to new unicorn startups and even decacorns from Indonesia, Nicole said.
Head of Developer Relations & Startup Ecosystems for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Google Sebastian Trzcinski-Clément said that in line with Gojek and Digitaraya, Google also supports Indonesia to be one of the countries with the largest digital economy in Southeast Asia.