Calling startups in ASEAN solving problems with data!

Thu Aug 3, 2017
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Are you a startup or social enterprise solving real-life problems with data? Apply to join the ASEAN programme

Join the ASEAN Data Startup Accelerator, a programme from the ODI and MDEC to upskill, connect and incubate visionary startups and social enterprises that believe data can solve the world’s biggest problems. Applications close on the 31st August.


Data is the infrastructure of our new economies. It is helping outstanding organisations around the world solve common problems from making our cities smarter, to curing illnesses and fighting famine.

Are you a great organisation in ASEAN solving problems with data?

If yes, our programme is for you.

About the programme

The ASEAN Data Startup Accelerator brings together startups and social enterprises for a period of six months to receive training, expert advice and connections to the ODI and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s (MDEC) regional and international network. The programme takes place at ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX) in Kuala Lumpur, the hub for data analytics talent, startups and accelerators.

What startups get

  • Six-month accelerator with help from the ODI and MDEC
  • Fully-funded bootcamps in Kuala Lumpur
  • Selection bootcamp on w/c 25 September 25 startups will be invited to a week-long experience to pitch for one of 12 places
  • Commercial bootcamp in November One week of advice on pitching, business models and intro to angel investors
  • Data bootcamp in January One week of data science training to bring your offering to the next level
  • Showcase events with investors at a graduation event in March 2018
  • Connections to the ODI’s global network and associated events
  • Chance to apply for a week-long boot camp in London at the ODI’s HQ in Feb 2018
  • This suite of services is valued at over USD$20,000

What we’re looking for

  • Startups or social enterprises who use data as a central part of their proposition
  • Startups or social enterprises that are based in ASEAN
  • Startups or social enterprises that have at least a basic prototype
  • Startups or social enterprises that can commit to having at least 1 team member attend all 3 bootcamps
  • You do not need to relocate to Kuala Lumpur for the programme, but we expect you to be at ADAX for the bootcamps

We are particularly interested in startups that are using or publishing open data, partnering (or wanting to partner) with larger organisations, and developing solutions for agriculture, future cities, the internet of things, media, telecommunication and financial services. You can meet the startups from ADSA’s first cohort here.

We don’t take equity as part of the programme.

How to Apply


  • Are you a startup or social enterprise solving real-life problems with data?
  • Are you located in the ASEAN region?
  • Can you commit to attending all three week-long bootcamps?

If the answers to all three are yes, then you are exactly what we are looking for. Complete this application form and apply in less than 10 minutes.

We can’t wait to welcome you in Kuala Lumpur!

Applications for the accelerator close on the 8 September 2017