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共享出行平台Grab推出风投新业务

Grab 成立6周年庆典上,集团董事长 Anthony Tan 宣布推出 Grab Ventures 新业务,寻找并支持东南亚未来科技类创业公司独角兽。一直以来,Grab 不断拓展旗下业务,从网约车平台延伸至移动支付、外卖领域,不断完善用户日常生活场景应用。本次新业务的落地将进一步完善 Grab 服务生态,在自身业务发展之外,帮助更多其他创业公司共同发展。

据了解,Grab Ventures 作为 Grab 创新业务之一,启动早在正式发布之先。目前 Grab Ventures 确认投资的项目包括印尼 O2O 平台 Kudo、AI 自动驾驶公司 Drive.ai 及新兴移动支付平台 iKaaz。公司同时期待未来与更多资本与政府机构的合作。

Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant is really at it.

Following its acquisition of Uber’s SEA operations in March and rollout of the digital wallet and food delivery services in multiple countries across the region last month, the Singapore-headquartered regional unicorn, took another step towards its vision to become an everyday app for consumers.

Grab announced Tuesday the launch of Grab Ventures, its innovation arm, in an aim to find and support the future technologies leaders across the region.

The announcement coincides with Grab’s 6th anniversary. Anthony Tan, Group CEO and Co-Founder of Grab, said in a statement while his company is ramping up innovation in-house on its way to become a major mobile platform in Southeast Asia, it’d also look for opportunities to partner with and invest in suitable company to both expand its business and help grow the local startup ecosystem.

Grab has been aggressively adding new features and services to its original ride-hailing platform, which has turned itself into an o20 mobile platform that connects consumers with a variety of services, ranging from ride-hailing, mobile payment, food delivery, to others.

For instance,  GrabCycle, a marketplace for multiple personal mobility partners, is an example of an in-house venture nurtured and launched by Grab. Grab Ventures current portfolio also includes Kudo, an Indonesian leading O2O platform, Driver.ai, an AI solution provider for autonomous vehicles and iKaaz, an emerging markets mobile payments platform.

Grab Ventures will be looking to partner with the private sector and government agencies in Southeast Asia to help growth-stage tech companies in their journey to solve transportation, logistics, food and payment challenges in the region.

In the next 2 years, Grab’s innovation arm is looking to partner 8-10 growth-stage startups that exhibit strong synergies with Grab, particularly in sectors such as transport, food, logistics and financial services.

Grab is facing a looming uphill battle with its arch-foe in the region, as Jakarta-based Go-Jek, another deep pocket regional unicorn, is stepping outside of its home market to venture into other SEA countries as we reported before.


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