With passing years, Indonesia has struggled to break free from the chain effects of foreign investments. As the younger generation starts taking over the entrepreneurship field, there are at least 10 emerging startups in Indonesia the past decade that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Talk to anyone in Indonesia’s prominent cities, and see if anyone is still in the dark when it comes to Go-Jek. One of the most fastest growing and most visible tech startups in Indonesia, Go-Jek is surprisingly only less than 6 years old. Founded by Nadiem Makarim, Go-Jek is now the hottest trend in Indonesia, with ample of green-jacketed drivers in motorbike found in the streets of Indonesia.Starting from 20 drivers, G0-Jek now employs over 30.000 drivers across Indonesia.
Go-Jek’s popularity may be rising, but GrabBike is surely deserving to be in the top 10 emerging startups in Indonesia. Like Go-Jek, GrabBike offers various services as well, such as GrabCar, GrabTaxi, and GrabExpress. Founded by Anthony Tan in 2012 in Malaysia as MyTeksi, in no time GrabBike starts to venture to nearby South East Asian countries, including Indonesia and 5 other countries.
Not limited to transportation services, Indonesia startups are mostly shopping-oriented as well. Selling secondhand items are no longer a hassle thanks to this platform founded by Achmad Zaky. Aiming to connect prospective buyers and sellers, BukaLapak literally means “opening a stall” in Bahasa Indonesia.
Unlike BukaLapak, Zalora ventures to a different kind of shopping; clothing, accesories, and fashion items. Founded in early 2012, within 4 years, Zalora has opened branches in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Hong Kong in addition to Indonesia. With free shipping and Cash On Delivery features, Zalora surely has gained a number of loyal buyers, especially women.
With a self-explanatory name, Job Planet started operating in Indonesia in August 2015. In less than a year, thousands of job seekers have signed up to this website with the hope of getting a grasp on salary, reviews, and job interviews. Widely promoted in social medias, Job Planet garners attention of youths in Indonesia who just graduated or seeking for a job.
Literally means “friend’s money” in Bahasa Indonesia, UangTeman provides microloans; just like when you lend money from a friend. Limited to less than US$160, you are expected to pay back within 30 days, with only 1% interest a day for the first loan. Founded by Aidil Zufikli, UangTeman is an option for Indonesians who need small amount of money urgently.
Although not founded by an Indonesian, Foodpanda’s signs still can be found in restaurants and food stalls across Indonesia. With the aim of delivering local food to your doorstep, Foodpanda allows you to taste the dishes of small restaurants that don’t provide delivery service without having to leave your house.
Book your visit to Indonesia simply by a click via Gogonesia. Allowing you to experience local attractions of Indonesia’s exotic destinations, Gogonesia especially targets the market of foreigners. Payable via PayPal, no more hassle in choosing your tour package.
Very similar to Gogonesia, Traveloka is a startup that helps you when planning for a trip. This online flight booking website is now ranked number 7 in Indonesia’s top emerging startups. In addition to flight booking, Traveloka also provides hotel booking with cheaper price.
The number 1 startup in Indonesia according to startupranking.com is Lazada Indonesia. Very popular among online shopper, once again, Lazada proves that the best startup business in Indonesia would be online shopping. Not limited to fashion items, Lazada is an all-in-one marketplace for millions of Indonesians.
Listed above are the top 10 startups in Indonesia. Do you agree with the list above? Feel free to comment below!
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