You may have heard of Phandeeyar Accelerator at earlier Phandeeyar events – or maybe you even know someone from one of our startups?! We are now almost a month into the first Phandeeyar Accelerator cohort, and we are excited to bring you this update.
On September 5, 6 of Myanmar’s most high-potential startups moved into our newly renovated Accelerator space. This was following a 3-month recruitment and selection period during which we received 80 applications, saw 21 pitches and conducted 11 in-depth interviews before we selecting the final cohort. One of the keys to a successful tech business is a founding team with the determination and grit to go the extra mile in the essential early days of their startup journey – and we worked hard to make sure that the teams in Phandeeyar Accelerator fit that mold.
Introducing the Phandeeyar Accelerator startups:
Founders: Aung Phyo Lwin, Lwin Htoo Ko
Do you have a spare room or an apartment to rent out, and want to earn some extra cash? When you are traveling have you had enough of staying at a hotel and wants to spend more time getting to know the locals? Ezstay is here to stay. Ezstay is an online marketplace that enables users to either rent out or find rooms, apartments and houses during your stay in Myanmar. Now, YOU can blend into local cultures and traditions that hotels can’t offer. Starting this Taunggyi Festival you can rely on Ezstay and no longer have to worry about lodging when you travel.
For more information: http://ezstay.com.mm/
Founders: Nyunt Win Aung, Thae Su Win, Nyan Lin Tun, Paing Soe Aung
Planning to travel within and outside of Myanmar for your holidays? Check out Go P. Go P, www.goptour.com is a travel platform for Myanmar which helps Myanmar tourists find the best package tours, so all you have to worry about is to pack your bags and go! With their intuitive app, booking your next trip with Go P is as easy as buying a cup of coffee.
Founders: Alex Wicks, Htun Khaing Lynn (Zach)
Are you having trouble finding transportation for your goods in Yangon? Then Kargo is for you. Kargo connects individuals and businesses who need to move goods – furniture, appliances, packages and anything else you can think of – with pickups and light trucks in Yangon. Move your stuff instantly, at a reasonable cost, through your phone.
For more information, https://goo.gl/v8GJat .
Technoholic (product name: Chate Sat)
Founders: Honey Mya Win, Shwe Yee Mya Win
Wants to work independently – doing what you love and making money at your own pace? Then check out Chate Sat. Chate Sat is an online platform for freelancers to find work, and for businesses and organizations to find the best people to help make their projects successful – designers, developers, content writers, translators and so on.
For more info, go to: https://goo.gl/XhpaV8 and start looking and working part-time jobs and earn extra cash now!
Founders: Aung Ye Kyaw, Nay Oo Linn
Are you a comic book fan? Hungry for a new taste of Myanmar comics? We would like to introduce you to White Merak. The White Merak application features animated Myanmar comics series created by this very innovative and self-driven team, as well as a bunch of well-known Myanmar cartoonists.
Check out the White Merak application at http://goo.gl/rkHD4I today.
Founders: Miranda Phua, Laurent Savaete
This startup is tackling the microloan industry by offering a tech-based solution to lower overhead and help reputable lenders enter this market. The problem in much of the developing world is the overhead for issuing a loan of US$20 or US$25 is not worth the ROI. But, farmers may need this extra bit of cash to buy seeds or equipment — and significantly improve their crop yield. So, predatory lenders have filled this market gap. Zigway is creating a tech-based solution to connect borrowers with microfinance institutions, allowing families all over Myanmar to receive a small loan at a reasonable interest rate.
Read more about ZigWay on https://goo.gl/PSzv5H today.
The startups will stay at Phandeeyar Accelerator for 6 months, after which they will raise additional investment and move to their own offices. We are looking forward to keep you updated on their progress over the coming months. Don’t forget to download their apps and check out their products!
If you are not part of one of the startups in Phandeeyar Accelerator, but are dreaming of one day becoming an entrepreneur and running your own successful tech business, Phandeeyar has a lot of exciting things coming up. In October, we will be restarting Startup Clinic, where startup teams can visit our in-house startup coach, Ko Thar Htet, and get feedback on their business ideas. We are also launching Founder Institute, the world’s leading entrepreneurship training program – a 14-week part-time course teaching you all the skills necessary to build your tech business, start getting traction and receive investment. The first Founder Institute event is on October 10 at Phandeeyar. Check our Facebook Page for updates on this and much more.
All the best from the Phandeeyar Accelerator team!
Thar Htet, Collin, Raymond, Jue and Jes