Singapore-based venture builder Reapra and Future Females Singapore, a movement that aims to uplift female entrepreneurs, announced the winners of “Build to Last”, their jointly organized hackathon.
As the first female-only virtual hackathon in Southeast Asia, “Build to Last” focused on the theme of business sustainability. From September 11 to 13, twenty finalists selected from a pool of more than 120 teams attended a series of hands-on workshops. The event concluded with a demo day, in which the finalists presented their business ideas to a panel of judges.
The three winners were:
- Singapore-based farm-to-table startup Urban Origins,
- Malaysia-based online female recruitment startup Millie, and
- Bangkok-based online speech therapy startup Australian Therapy Services Asia.
“With each team displaying such potential, our key deciding factor for the eventual winners was then their ability to identify growing complex problems in Southeast Asia and formulate a business idea that is focused on closing the market gaps in both the short-term and future perspectives,” said Priscilla Han, chief investment officer at Reapra.
The three winners will receive coaching from Reapra and Future Females and have the chance to advance to the later stages of the investment process to receive up to SGD 100,000 (USD 73,000) in funding from Reapra.
Malaysia-based motorcycle tours startup FreeW was also awarded the Future Females Singapore Special Winner and received coaching as well as opportunities to attend Future Females Global Business School.
“We’re excited to see how the Build to Last community will continue to grow, and how Reapra can continue to uncover and engage new communities to build a more connected and vibrant startup culture in Southeast Asia,” Han added.