Bubu Awards is back, bigger, better and more connected than ever before. This year, we are looking for startups that has joined an incubator. It's time to give acknowledgement to the people who have contributed to the success of a startup, therefore, Bubu Awards Best Startup Award will recognise the best startup and give acknowledgement to the incubator.

Also, participants will pitch virtually during the selection process through Bubu Awards v.10 Virtual Startup Hunt.


Bubu Awards v.10 Virtual Startup Hunt brings the Indonesia’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Best Startup Award, a Silicon Valley mentorship bootcamp, and the attention of media and investors.

This year, the semifinalist startups will go head-to-head in our real time virtual reality pitching in front our all-star jury.


Two weeks of Silicon Valley Startup Bootcamp, where one person from the winning startup will meet and learn from Silicon Valley programmers and developers.


To be eligible to apply for Bubu Awards v.10 Virtual Startup Hunt, your startup must fulfill the following criteria:

  1. The startup must have been launched within the last 2 years. Startup that launched before July 1, 2015 will not be accepted.
  2. If the startup has received external funding, it can only be up to USD 500k.
  3. The startup must have Minimum Viable Product have (MVP); a demonstrable product or service.
  4. The startup needs to be scalable or have the potential to reach the scalability.
  5. Product of service must fall within one of the partnered accelerators or incubators. List of our accelerator or incubator partner are available on the form.
  6. Lastly, your entries will be judged by local and international judges. Therefore, all entries (elevator pitch video and pitch deck) must be in English.

the judges

Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo

Head of Digital Business, E-Commerce, and Startup Development of KADIN

Matthew McCullough

Co-chair of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Southern California

A Principal Engineer for MC2 and Chief Operating Officer of Monkey Industry Supply, Inc. He has worked in the environmental industry since the late 1980s with over 30 publications and has specialized experience in a variety of high-profile sites with enforcement actions and threatened or pending litigation.

Andy Zain

Managing Director of Kejora Ventures

Andy Zain currently the Managing Director of Kejora Ventures a startup accelerator & tech company builder in Southeast Asia. For almost 20 years, Andy has been a serial entrepreneur, an executive, an advisor & involved in setting up businesses for several high growth startups including migme, Vuclip, Deezer, UC Browser, Cekaja, Qerja and work with global brand clients such as Disney Mobile, Yahoo! Mobile, Cartoon Network, EA Games, and Gameloft for their go-to-market efforts to Southeast Asia. Deeply rooted to the regional innovation ecosystem as Director of Jakarta Founder Institute & Chairman for MobileMonday Indonesia. He also initiated the Indonesia FinTech Association and established ideabox [www.ideabox.co.id], a telco focused tech startup accelerator in partnership with Indosat & Mountain Partners.

Erick Thohir

President Commisioner of Mahaka/Co-Founder Angel-eQ

Prashant Gokarn

Chief New Business and Innovation Officer of Indosat

Alfred Boediman

Managing Director at Samsung R&D Indonesia

Dr. Alfred Boediman is a professional software engineer and is now working as the Managing Director at Samsung Research and Development Indonesia (SRIN). He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business and seasoned professional who convincingly carries out changes to answer business needs across some areas in IT and Telecommunication sectors. His specialties include managing all technical, strategy and product aspects of a start-up technology company for a multinational company in various industries.

Gunawan Susanto

President Director of IBM Indonesia

Donald Wihardja

Managing Partner of Convergence Ventures / Co-Founder Angel-eQ

Donald has over 20 years of experience working in the technology sector in Indonesia as an entrepreneur, operator, and investor. He has spent combined over 5 years in the Digital Payment space: recently as GM for Indonesia 2C2P and previously as CIO in Indomog.

Eddi Danusaputro

CEO of Mandiri Capital Indonesia

Eddi is Chief Executive Officer of Mandiri Capital Indonesia (MCI), the corporate venture capital subsidiary of PT. Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk. Eddi has more than 20 years’ working experience in various sectors, including consumer goods (at Procter & Gamble), management consulting (at AT Kearney and Booz Allen Hamilton) and financial services (including Morgan Stanley, AXA, and Makara Capital).

Handry Satriago

CEO of GE Indonesia

Have ever joined several executive educations including at Harvard Business School, he started his career in GE International as business development manager that then promoted as the CEO in 2010. The man who loves education and volunteerism spends his spare time to do sharing with students and youth communities.

our partners

how to apply

1. apply

If you fit to our criteria, apply to the competition by filling in a form. Attach your pitch deck and link to elevator pitch video. Select one of our designated Virtual Startup Hunt location.

2. pitch

You will get notified if you are shortlisted to compete on our Virtual Startup Hunt pitch day. Go to your selected pitching location and present your best in front of our all-star judges.

3. complete

You will get notified if you make it to the final round. Get ready for your final pitching in front of a list of local and international judges. The winner will be announced on the awarding night of Bubu Awards v.10, on September 28, 2017.


1. Augmented & Virtual Reality

Technologies using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other novel visualization technologies, including applications for Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and other emerging offerings from industry giants. These applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subject.

2. Enterprise & Smart Data

Technologies that facilitate the comprehension and application of informational data through workflows and analytics. These startups seek to improve productivity for businesses and/or individuals by using big data through a number of ways that include (but are not limited to) data collection, management, analysis, presentation, interpretation, and augmentation.

3. Entertainment & Content

Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. Examples of included sectors include (but are not limited to) gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment.

4. Health & Wearable

Technologies focused on human-centric health applications that connect the “health optimizer” and those with illnesses, their care teams, primary and specialist clinicians, inpatient and outpatient facilities, benefit providers, and corporate wellness programs to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.

5. Hyper-Connected Communities

This category showcases new products, services and apps that help hyper-connected communities better navigate and maximize their engagements. This category is for any creative and innovative app, product or service that does not fit elsewhere in the lineup. Examples of technologies that might fit into this category include (but are not limited to) Internet of Things, energy, space, natural resources, agriculture and robotics.

6. Payment & FinTech

Technologies relating to the consumer and business financial space that include delivering new payment methods, new forms of currency, extending credit and other lending processes, equities trading, transaction processing, asset management, insurance, and/or any other functions traditionally provided by banks and investment banks.

7. Security & Privacy

Technologies revolutionizing sectors related to data security and privacy on the consumer and enterprise level. With interests rising in this field, examples of innovations include (but are not limited to) cybersecurity, encryption, data storage, infrastructure protection, incident analytics, ad targeting, identity management, and many other forms.

8. Social & Culture

Technologies that push the boundaries on how we navigate and interact in life with ourselves, our community, and our world. Examples of such sectors include (but are not limited to) social media, networking, dating, travel & hospitality, food or dining, fashion, the environment and social good.

9. Sports & Performance Data

Technologies impacting the before, during, and after in the sports and athletics sector. Whether geared towards novices or elite professionals, innovations in this field include (but are not limited to) the way we experience, prepare for, and participate in sports and outdoor recreation by using hardware or software applications focused on data-centric intelligence, measurement, and other analytical forms.

10. Transportation

Technologies transforming and optimizing the transportation industry on a consumer and enterprise level. These innovations create efficiency in the way we move from point A to point B through (but are not limited to) the connected car, data routing applications, on-demand or ridesharing services, autonomous vehicles, and other new disruptive means.

fill this application to join

*As our distinguished judges come from all over the world, the form below MUST be filled in English.


Submit your pitchdeck for your elevator pitch in pdf format!
Your pitch deck must not exceed than 10 slides covering product, traction, funding, competitive advantage and team (Max file size 10MB). Please save file as (Company Name_BAv.10VSH.pdf). Click here for more info.

Your elevator pitch is a basic introduction of your product or service typically summed up in 30 seconds. When preparing yourself for the elevator pitch, you should address the following: 1) The problem, 2) How your solution is going to fix it, 3) Your most meaningful metrics, 4) How your solution is unique, 5) Your team’s strengths, 6) What you need to succeed.


We prefer to meet the CEO and CTO of the startup. If your startup doesn’t have a CTO, you can list someone equivalent to a CTO. However, please note that this is not a requirement and it is not part of the assessment towards your startup.