AMRA NAIDOO

Company: Accelerating Asia

Title: Co-Founder & General Partner

 

Residing Country: Singapore

Industry: Venture Capital

Joint Nominee: Craig Dixon, Co-Founder & General Partner


 

Amra is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Accelerating Asia, an award-winning startup accelerator VC that scouts and propels the best founders in the region and provides pre-Series A startups with the resources and investment to scale their growth. 

For close to a decade, Amra has spearheaded high-impact partnerships and programs including the award-winning UN Women global social entrepreneurship program, Project Inspire, and muru-D, which was widely recognised as one of the top startup accelerators in Asia. It is this outlook and depth of experience that has fostered a unique perspective and ability to deliver high impact programs for multinationals and governments to optimise startup engagement. 

Amra is the Southeast Asia Lead for Shaper Impact Capital run by the Global Shapers, an organisation under the World Economic Forum, and is the host and creator of the Doing Good Podcast. She has been interviewed and featured as a guest author on industry blogs, including KrAsia, CNA Digital, The Business Times, and The Edge. 

 

The disruptive innovation.

 

Accelerating Asia encompasses an early-stage venture capital fund, independent startup accelerator and an innovation consultancy. Their 100-day flagship accelerator program is open to startups from any country within the region, and includes private sessions with leading VCs like Sequoia Capital India, Golden Gate Ventures and Monk’s Hill Ventures. Over 50 founders from 25 startups across 10 countries have joined the program.  

Additionally, Accelerating Asia works closely with multinationals, governments, development organisations and educational institutions to deliver programs for founders and achieve results for its stakeholders. Recognising the need for virtual upskilling opportunities and avenues for development, especially during the height of the pandemic last year, Accelerating Asia launched new programs like Amplify — a 6-module virtual accelerator program supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) for startups to access resources to grow their business; and Angel360 — to provide angel investors with a step-by-step guide to investing in the region, which also includes deal flow and networking opportunities.  

By connecting founders to investors from a regional network through its venture capital fund, flagship accelerator program, Angel360 and Amplify initiatives, Accelerating Asia serves as a bridge— bringing both entrepreneurs and investors together to ensure that everyone is able to meet their respective goals. It also helps to ensure that everyone has a voice on a national and regional stage.  

To date, Accelerating Asia’s portfolio companies have raised S$23 million and collectively raised over S$7.5 mil within the 100-day accelerator program. Moreover, 80% of Accelerating Asia's portfolio companies who have graduated from the program have raised follow-on funding from investors. This reinforces the importance of the program in providing startups with not just the capital, but the resources and community needed to help them grow and sustain their businesses in the long-run.