Indonesian Conglomerates-Backed Tech Fund to Be Launched in 6 Months: Minister

An Indonesian tech venture capital fund backed by the country's largest conglomerates will be launched within the next six months, Communications Minister Rudiantara said on Thursday (05/07). (JG Photo/Lidya Caroline)

By : REUTERS | on 2:43 PM July 05, 2018
Category : Business, Banking/Finance

Jakarta. An Indonesian tech venture capital fund backed by the country's largest conglomerates will be launched within the next six months, Communications Minister Rudiantara said.

"We, Indonesian investors, must immediately enter the tech market," the minister told Reuters on Thursday (05/07).

He said the fund, which would be pooled from Indonesian conglomerates, was supported by his ministry, with its structure being discussed with the Financial Services Authority (OJK).

The size of the fund has not been disclosed.

Rudiantara said he held discussions with local conglomerates on how they should unite and support "series A, B and C" as well as "unicorns," a term used for startups worth at least $1 billion.

The Sinar Mas Group, one of Indonesia's largest conglomerates, previously told Reuters that it would invest in a pooled venture fund supported by the government.

The country's startup sector has witnessed a boom as investors are lured by the youthful demographic in the nation of more than 250 million people, who resort to online shopping for everything from tickets to electronic gadgets.

"While two national conglomerates such as Djarum and Astra became investors in a 'unicorn' such as Go-Jek, it is not enough," the minister said.

The country has four "unicorns," including ride-hailing service Go-Jek, travel site Traveloka and market places Bukalapak and Tokopedia.

Reuters

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