Startup Spotlight
July 11, 2018

The digital era makes it easy for us to collect a vast amount of data, connect with people that have similar interests, and create a difference in the world we live in. This opens a growing opportunity to use interactive online platforms to support community welfare. The four Australian women entrepreneurs profiled here are leveraging technology to create educational and career opportunities and support local services in their communities. Natalie Kyriacou is founder of My Green World, a Melbourne-based social enterprise, which aims to engage children and youth in global conservation efforts. It spreads awareness about key environmental issues by... more »

June 4, 2018

Asia-Pacific is currently delivering more than 60 percent of global growth - and is expected to grow stronger. Despite the promising outlook, the region has to manage its demographic transition in order to reach the full growth potential. This includes preparing the economically productive population with competitive skillsets through academic and vocational education. This article highlights three start-ups taking the fintech approach to make education available for all. Dana Cita is a lending platform that provides affordable student loans to help Indonesians pursue higher education. Founded in 2017, the platform is aligned with President Joko Widodo's call for greater financial... more »

March 10, 2018

Sahib Anandsongvit had a problem: his family, who ran a boutique hotel business in Bangkok, constantly needed to find skilled workers to repair rooms, clean facilities, or perform other services on short notice. Traditionally, Thai small business owners looking for service providers have relied on word of mouth, or flyers pinned to trees and telephone poles around the city. But how can one be sure that the provider is trustworthy, and how can they be found quickly for emergency repairs? To address this problem, Sahib co-founded a new company called Seekster. Unlike a traditional business in this space, which might hire... more »

March 9, 2018

Here at POPSDev, we have been blogging recently about the ingredients that provide a strong foundation for creating, growing and sustaining online platforms for development. The recent Indonesia Australia Digital Forum 2018 produced buzz about one critical ingredient: Indonesia’s fast growing innovation ecosystem. But is this speed of growth alone a cause for celebration, or is it also exposing a missing middle? Our research has indicated three implications. Firstly, the ecosystem’s maturity is haphazard. Products and solutions are rushed to full-scale implementation straight after prototyping, eluding the critical ‘middle’ development stage. Secondly, innovation actors tend to be siloed in their... more »