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Serial entrepreneur Abraham Viktor co-founded a bread enterprise Kayafood and a light concrete business Ixacon, while still a Finance undergraduate at Universitas Indonesia. After graduating in 2013, he worked as an analyst at the Boston Consulting Group and Nomura. In January 2015, he co-founded wedding fintech Wedlite that quickly led to the development of a new consumer and business loans platform Taralite.

Indonesia’s first unicorn, Gojek started out providing on-demand app-powered motorcycle taxi services. The company quickly grew as it added more services, making use of its large fleet of riders and eventually branching out into logistics and payments. It has recently made investments in other companies, including Bangladeshi bike-taxi service Pathao, insurtech startup PasarPolis and has acquired payment tech companies Midtrans, Kartuku and Mapan. 

Since its acquisition by US-based internet giant IAC in 2003, Expedia Inc has quickly transformed into a worldwide travel group with stakes in SilverRail, Hotels.com, Trivago, HomeAway, Orbitz, Travelocity, Mobiata travel apps and long-term China partner eLong.Expedia.com was originally launched in 1996 as Microsoft’s pioneering online travel booking venture to help consumers to search for the best travel deals and book tickets at the best prices.

With a master’s in Commerce and Finance, Marshall Utoyo quickly founded a financial services firm Utoyo & Partners in November 2010. An entrepreneur at heart, he left the firm in January 2013. He had already co-founded a furniture business FASA Works and a coworking hub Conclave in 2012. He exited both in March 2015. The Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) graduate returned to the furniture business as a co-founder of Fabelio. Launched in June 2015 with seed funding of US$500,000, the e-commerce furniture company has also secured US$2 million in Series A funds in 2016.

In 2012, after graduating from Shanghai University, Zhao joined Huawei as an algorithm scientist, where he was in charge of a number of AI projects. He left Huawei in 2017 and launched Makaron with his college roommate Cai Tianyi. Based on his research at Huawei, Zhao created the neural network ConceptNet, which Makaron uses to quickly and precisely recognize objects in photos. In addition to serving as CTO of Makaron, Zhao also leads the SJTU-Versa Brain Science and AI Lab established by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Makaron's parent company Versa.

Established in 1996, SBI Investment is a venture capital firm that focuses on growth sectors such as information technology, biotechnology, life science, mobile, environment and energy. The VC arm of the SBI Group is developed to quickly find new, emerging technologies and investing in those technologies to further the development of the group. SBI Group then introduces the new technologies to existing businesses in order to help them stay ahead in the market, as well as to revitalize local industries in Japan, particularly in the financial and banking sectors.

Antonio Lin was admitted as a freshman of College of Mathematics and Informatics in South China Agricultural University in 2015. He also founded a 3D printing company in 2015. The business encountered financial problems and was later shut down.But in March 2016, the global entrepreneur incubator Blackbox picked Lin’s company as one of the ten teams with potential to be trained in Silicon Valley for a week. It was during this training program that Lin met Qiu Chen from Tsinghua University and Zhou Zhiheng, the general manager of Michael Antonio Footwear Group’s business in China.Lin quickly pivoted the focus of his company to 3D printing of footwear and became the CEO of 4D ShoeTech.

François Derbaix is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. In 1997, he began his career in business as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. He moved quickly into entrepreneurship. In 2000, he founded Toprural, a rural tourism platform that operates in 10 countries and earned €5m in 2009. In 2012, Toprural was acquired by HomeAway.He also co-founded Rentalia (acquired by Idealista in 2012), Indexa Capital, Bewa7er, Soysuper and Aplazame.Since leaving entrepreneurship, Derbaix has dedicated his time to supporting new internet projects as an angel investor in Spanish tech startups such as Kantox and Deporvillage.

A women’s online community mart has transformed into Prelo - one of Indonesia’s most popular e-store for quality pre-loved products.

Logisly aims to be Indonesia's largest B2B trucking platform, connecting SMEs seamlessly to the best-value transporters for every job, every time.

Award winner Limakilo is tapping into Indonesia’s multibillion-dollar market for horticultural products by helping local farmers to sell directly to wholesalers and consumers.

TroopTravel wins global corporates with user-friendly Big Data and AI-powered digital travel planning platform.

AI- and NLP-powered software accelerating clinical research by structuring relevant patient big data and facilitating clinical data searches, with dramatic improvements of up to 90%.

Founded in 2009, Andreessen Horowitz is based in Menlo Park in California. The numeronym is the first and last letter of the firm’s brand with the characters count in-between. Starting with initial capital of $300m, the VC quickly raised a second venture fund of $650m in 2010 and another worth $1.5bn in 2014. In 2019, a new office was set up in San Francisco.Founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, the firm has invested in tech pioneers like Skype, Facebook, Groupon and Twitter. Andreessen is the software engineer who pioneered web browser Mosaic and co-founded Netscape. In 1995, Horowitz joined Andreessen as product manager at Netscape that was sold to AOL for $4.2bn in 2016. He also co-founded Opsware (Loudcloud), an automation software company that was sold to Hewlett Packard for $1.6bn in 2007.

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