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We are excited to announce the ten companies that will be joining Techstars Class 143 – our 2018 Rakuten Accelerator powered by Techstars program in Singapore. We kicked off this week (July 16) and are looking forward to three months of awesomeness, capped off by Demo Day mid October. This is the first program with Rakuten and Viber as partners, and is one of the very first Techstars programs in Asia.

Techstars is the Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and strong partners and mentors help make this happen. We’re grateful for your support over the last couple of years and for this inaugural program and your continued time and guidance. We couldn’t do it without you.

Participants in Rakuten Accelerator will also have access to resources from across Rakuten’s global ecosystem of more than 70 services, including Rakuten Viber messaging and voice platform. With hundreds of millions of users around the world, Viber also recently become the official communication channel of FC Barcelona and Official Instant Messaging and Calling App Partner of the Golden State Warriors.

“We are thrilled to welcome an amazing group of talented entrepreneurs from around the world who share Rakuten’s passion for innovative thinking and empowerment” said Michael Shmilov, COO of Rakuten Viber. “For Rakuten Viber, our mission of borderless communication means constant innovation for the way people connect around the world and we look forward to working together with our inaugural Accelerator class to revolutionize how businesses and consumers use messaging to conduct business and stay connected.”

We are also excited to announce the leadership team for the Rakuten Accelerator: Managing Director Dhritiman Hui and Program Manager Dennis List.

Dhritiman was most recently an Investment Director at Tuscan Ventures – an investment firm based in India, and prior to that an Investment Director BW Ventures, a global investment firm that funded both startups as well as provided growth capital to and brick-and-mortar companies. Dennis List is the former Partnerships and Program Manager for Impact Hub Singapore, and a tech entrepreneur who founded and was CEO of Rocki, a music tech startup which graduated Techstars Boston accelerator in late 2014.

We love this city and know 2018 is going to be an amazing year for Techstars, Rakuten and Singapore!

Without further ado, here are the Techstars Rakuten 2018 companies:

AND Global

AI-based mobile lending for the unbanked in Asia. AND Global issues over 500,000 loans annually to tens of thousands of customers.




Changing how people work on research and documents. Additor is a unified document collaboration platform for SMBs and freelancers.


South Korea


Provides chatbot technology to help entreprise

communicate via messaging platforms. Talk-A-Bot powers chat for some of Central Europe’s largest banks, utilities providers, and media companies.



Retarget Links

Democratizing digital advertising by making it ridiculously easy to advertise in premium online publishers. Everyone

from small businesses to global agencies and brands like WPP, Omnicon, P&G, and Uber use Retarget Links to get the right banner ads in front of the right people.



Immersive Systems

Reshaping how fans engage with sports through a next-generation digital experience platform.




A unified payment platform that enables customers to pay schools, clinics and hospitals efficiently through their mobile phones.




A property technology company specialising in

communication and property management. Elumium works with super prime residential developments and luxury hotel residences.


United Kingdom


Shoffr helps brands win customers back from e-com. We convert online missed sales to in-store footfall. Our white-labelled solution tracks online to offline customer journeys across social, chat, and web platforms.




Using chatbots to connect millennials through AI, gamification and social networking. Rooit has over 300,000 users since launching in Taiwan in June 2017.



Groovy Android

An indie game studio focused on creating a world of mobile games with cute, lovable characters.




Dhritiman Hui Dhritiman Hui
Dhritiman is the Managing Director of the Eastern Pacific Accelerator powered by Techstars. Mostly recently, Dhritiman was the Managing Director of the Rakuten Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Previous to Techstars, he served as an Investment Director at Tuscan Ventures – an investment firm based in India – and an Investment Director BW Ventures, a global investment firm that funded both startups as well as provided growth capital to and brick-and-mortar companies.