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UNDP joins forces with 500 Startups to launch ImpactAim Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Sept. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United Nations Development Programme in Indonesia has teamed up with a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fund and accelerator 500 Startups to launch ImpactAim Indonesia, to boost the development of social entrepreneurship and startups in Indonesia, a growing economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia.

ImpactAim Indonesia will conduct a nationwide selection process to recruit between 8 to 10 startups who have raised seed capital or more, are serving customers, and are serving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Selected participants will be provided guidance on impact measurement, tailored business and impact acceleration assistance, and will be showcased to prospective impact investors from around the world. The program will be in Jakarta, take no fee or equity from participating startups, and run for a span of 10 weeks.

“Imagine a world where tech unicorns and venture capitalists tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It’s already happening, and we’re honored to be working with UNDP Indonesia to accelerate this!” said Khailee Ng, Managing Partner of 500 Startups.

The micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are a key driving force of Indonesia’s economy, representing 99% of all businesses and contributing 60% of GDP¹. A joint initiative like ImpactAim Indonesia can contribute to the country’s efforts to fast-track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) achievement through the scaling of transformative and impactful business models, as well as showcasing Indonesia’s impact-driving startups to a world of impact capital.

Resident Representative of UNDP in Indonesia, Christophe Bahuet emphasized that the new initiative is part of UNDP’s role in championing innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“A partnership between an international organization, a Silicon Valley-based Venture Capital firm, [...] is very new and exciting. UNDP, 500 Startups [...] joining forces will open doors for many small enterprises particularly in Indonesia’s most disadvantaged regions. Together and leveraging on disruptive technologies, we are going to make a real impact to improve people’s lives,” says Mr. Bahuet.

ImpactAim was first launched by UNDP in Armenia in 2017; similar initiatives are under development in several countries of Asia and Eastern Europe. UNDP also works on SDG impact-oriented accelerators for established and mature companies. Partnership with 500 Startups manifests UNDP plans to offer globally this innovative solution for aligning private sector strategies with SDGs.

Details and applications can be sent to https://www.impactaim.500.co/.

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About 500 Startups
500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. It is one of the most active venture capital firms in the world.

Since its inception in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,200 companies via its 21 global funds. Its 100+ team members are located in 20 countries around the world in order to support the 500 Startups global portfolio of investments which spans more than 75 countries.

Notable 500 portfolio companies include: Twilio, Credit Karma, SendGrid (acquired by Twilio), Grab, GitLab, Bukalapak, Canva, Udemy, TalkDesk, Intercom, Ipsy, MakerBot (acquired by SSYS), Wildfire (acquired by Google), and Viki (acquired by Rakuten).

Beyond providing seed capital, 500 supports startups via their Seed Accelerator Programs which emphasize digital marketing, customer acquisition, lean startup practices, and fundraising for pre-Seed companies. 500 Startups further contributes to the development of innovation ecosystems by supporting startups and investors through educational programs, events, conferences, and partnerships with corporations and governments around the world.

About UNDP
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. 

About ImpactAim
Impact Aim is an accelerator that aims to help Indonesia in achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 by amplifying the positive impact of local startups. This collaboration between UNDP, 500 Startups puts SDG-aligned impact as part of their key objective. Impact Aim’s main goal is to create impact venture success stories through three main objectives; grow impact ventures, assess their contribution to the SDG, and connect them to funding and networks. By joining impact aim, startups can gain access to support in impact aligned business growth, dedicated and customised mentorships and connection to networks for fundraising.


¹ Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. 2018. “2018 Survey of Entrepreneurs and MSMEs in Indonesia.”

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