About Startup Challenge

Presented by NTT Communications, Japan's largest telecom firm will be supporting the Asian startup ecosystem with an opportunity for funding, access to our investor network and quality technological infrastructure

Our Goal is to support startup ecosystem in Asia and scale or leverage startup business through the alliance with NTT Communications

About NTT Communications Group

NTT Communications (NTT Com) is one of the world`s largest telecommunications company and wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Group).
NTT Com Booked Operating Revenues of USD 13 Billion (11% out of NTT Group Total Revenue) as a result of FY 2016.

NTT Com provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide

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Speakers & Judges

  • Andreas Surya

    Principal - Kejora Ventures

    Since 2015, Surya leads the investment activity and portfolio management activity in Kejora Ventures.

    His past experiences involved 15 years of various industry in ICT field: from cloud computing, IT infrastructure, and telecomunications.

  • Hiroshi Nishikawa

    Partnership Manager - Orange Japan

    Hiroshi has been a Partnership Manager at Orange Japan, Orange Group’s wholly-owned open innovation center in Tokyo since 2010.

    Hiroshi is in charge of developing partnership with start-ups in Japan and Asia. Hiroshi launched a startup accelerator program, Orange Fab Asia in 2013 in Tokyo followed by Seoul and Taipei in 2014 supporting Asia based startups to go global.

  • Kuan Hsu

    Co-Founder and General Partner - KK Fund

    Kuan Hsu is the Co-Founder and General Partner of KK Fund, focusing on early stage internet and mobile investments in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He started his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Co. in the US.

    He subsequently moved to Singapore, executing PE deals at Temasek throughout the region prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist responsible for GREE Ventures' Southeast Asian operations.

  • Andy Kondo

    Managing Director - NTT Docomo Inc.

    Andy Kondo has been serving the Internet/Telecom industry for more than 2 decades. Out of the period he spent over 12 years in the States, including cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, and the Silicon Valley. Having spent over 7 years in the Valley, he reverted back to Tokyo in 2016 to join NTT DOCOMO VENTURES (NDV) as the Managing Director of investment and corporate operation.

    At NDV he established new branch of the company in the valley to enhance its activity, and set up 2 new funds consecutively just in 2 years.

  • Nikhil Kapur

    Head of South Asia - GREE Ventures

    Nikhil Kapur is Principal and Head of South Asia at GREE Ventures. An entrepreneur by background and developer by training, he spends his time sourcing and managing the fund’s portfolio across South Asia.

    After a successful and profitable media-tech venture in India, he completed his MBA in Finance from NUS Business School. A Computer Engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, he previously developed the first version of Excel for mobile while at Microsoft. He was recently listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia.

  • David Soukhasing

    Managing Director - ANGIN

    David has been leading ANGIN since 2015. After a career in Private Equity and startups, David moved to Indonesia in 2013 to manage the accelerator program and investments of a global impact investor supporting high-growth and impact companies.

  • Irmansyah Putera

    Head of Accelerator - Incubator of MDI Ventures

    Irmansyah Putera is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and a corporate innovation practitioner with 5+ years experience in the Dutch tech startup scene. Over the past few years he has also been involved in corporate consulting projects.

  • Herman Widjaja

    VP of Engineering – Tokopedia

    Herman Widjaja as Vice President of Engineering in Tokopedia, overseeing the development of Tokopedia's Fintech and Digital Goods products. Prior to Tokopedia, he had work with Google AR/VR, Oculus VR, Amazon and Microsoft and has passion to grow and to globalize the Indonesian technology community.

  • Vijay Sarashetti

    Head of IT – Indonusa Dwitama

    Vijay has been in the Information technology business for 33 years. During this period he has worn many hats from VP of Architecture, Global Head of Engineering, Consulting Architect for strategy, and so on. He is also investor, CEO and Tech innovator who developed a solution to manage storage as a utility and was granted a patent for his design/solution. The patent along with his company was acquired by APPIQ/HP.

  • Kazuya Murata

    Senior Director - NTT Docomo Ventures

    Kazuya Murata leads activities in Southeast Asia in NTT Docomo Ventures, the corporate venture capital of NTT Group. After a career of IT infrastructure specialist and project management, he experienced Post Merger Integration of acquired companies in NTT Group before joining NTT Docomo Ventures.

  • Rohit Agarwal

    Investor - Sequoia Capital

    Rohit has spent 3+ years at Sequoia across India and Singapore offices. He has been involved with Sequoia's investments in One Championship, Traveloka, Insider, HealthEngine, SmartKarma, OnlinePajak, CardUp, Flyrobe, OneAssist etc. and serves on the board of several of these companies. He covers sector such as financial services, consumer internet and SaaS in South East Asia. Before joining Sequoia, he built and led a 300+ members Operations team at Housing.com and was founder of Lawkonect.com. Rohit got his B.Tech from IIT Bombay.

Final Stage Pitch - Champion



Soehanna Hall - Energy Building
Jakarta Selatan Indonesia


  • 01.30 - 02.00 PM
  • 02.00 - 02.50 PM
  • 02.50 - 03.30 PM
  • 03.50 - 05.30 PM
  • 05.50 - 06.30 PM
  • 06.30 - 7.30 PM


1st Winner
Best Innovation Award
Best Marketing Award
Orange Fab Award

Our Last Startup Challenge


How many startup will be selected for final stage?

It will be varied according to the total number of applicants, but we will select the top 10-20 startups among the applicants.

Do you have any instructions for application?

Yes. First go to APPLY NOW! Button and you will be directed to a form. Once you are directed, please fill in some details including email address. You will be receiving further instruction details by email. Follow the instruction and submit your business plan. Your application is well-received and wait for the announcement,.

What type of startups can apply?

Any startup companies operating business in (*Indonesia/Malaysia/Vietnam) can apply. Please note that startup must be a legal entity not just an idea.

Do you have any sample application slides?

Please see the template here

Who will evaluate the applications?

Evaluation committee, which is consist of VCs, Startup’s CEOs, Executives from NTT Communications and more, will evaluate the applications.