Grab unveils first batch of startups to join its accelerator programme

Grab has unveiled the first batch of startups that are enrolling in its Velocity accelerator program.

Velocity is run by the company’s innovation arm, Grab Ventures, which was launched by CEO Anthony Tan in June.

Grab has selected five tech startups from around the world for its first Velocity batch. They are:

BookMyShow (India) – Online ticketing platform for cinemas, events, and karaoke.

Helpling (Germany) – Allows users to book home-cleaning services on demand.

Minutes (Indonesia) – Need a haircut? Mani-pedi? Minutes can help. In addition to providing a booking portal for haircuts, mani-pedis and other services, Minutes also supplies beauty parlors, salons, and barbershops with enterprise software and point-of-sale systems.

Sejasa (Indonesia) – An on-demand marketplace for home improvement services, linking users with renovation and maintenance tradespeople.

Tueetor (Singapore) –  connects students with nearby tutors, with the aim of bringing transparency and accessibility to the private education market.

The 16-week Velocity program includes a proof-of-concept track, allowing participants to leverage the Grab platform and user base to pilot their services; an advisory track, granting them access to experts from Grab and its external partners; and a networking track, helping them to strike their own partnerships and do deals to scale their businesses.

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