Welcome to Surge, a rapid scale-up program for startups in India and Southeast Asia.
Surge combines $1 million to $2 million of seed capital with company-building workshops, global immersion trips and support from a community of exceptional founders.
To supercharge your startup. And give you an unfair advantage, right out of the gate.
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We’re excited to start accepting applications for Surge 02. Since the application volume for Surge 01 was far greater than we expected, it led to a very intense and short selection process. So we are going to do a “rolling acceptance” for Surge 02 with the intent that it will give us a chance to engage startups early. This means we will meet founders and offer funding terms to strong startups before the final deadline on July 15. Surge 02 will also now offer a flexible investment amount of USD$1M to $2M, versus a fixed amount of USD$1.5M per startup in Surge 01.
We’re psyched to announce the first group of founders to join Surge, which kicked off in Singapore on March 25. Surge 01 2019 is comprised of an inspiring set of ambitious entrepreneurs who span eight nationalities, with headquarters in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.
Inspired by the tenacious, super-tight pirate crew in One Piece, a popular Japanese manga series, Tokopedia founder William Tanuwijaya set out early in his startup's journey to create a "Nakama" of his own.
Surge 01 is now in full swing! Founders from 17 startups met for the first time in Singapore on March 25 for Week One, and it was exciting to watch them share their war stories, ambitions and ideas and start to connect, as a community. Week One of Surge was action-packed, and founders continued debating and discussing key points with speakers and among themselves during breaks and into the evenings; so we decided to crowdsource and collate the cohort’s 'Top 10 Week One Takeaways' via our Slack channel to capture some of the points that hit home. Here’s what they had to say.
A talented tech team can have an outsized impact on a startup’s trajectory, especially in its early days. So during Week Two of Surge, which took place in Bangalore, we had one main goal: to show founders what tech superpowers look like, then help them find a superstar of their own.