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First eight startups picked for SPH Plug & Play accelerator programme

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Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Plug and Play, and Infocomm Investments on Tuesday announced the inaugural batch of eight startups selected for the SPH Plug & Play accelerator programme, which was announced in April this year and set up to develop high-growth startups to address challenges faced by the media industry.

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH), Plug and Play, and Infocomm Investments on Tuesday announced the inaugural batch of eight startups selected for the SPH Plug & Play accelerator programme, which was announced in April this year and set up to develop high-growth startups to address challenges faced by the media industry.

The eight startups - selected from a pool over 280 applicants from more than 10 countries - represent a "cross-section of some of the interest areas" for SPH, including content creation and curation, online market places, and social media and distribution platforms.

They are:

1. Bolt: A mobile-first platform that seeks to connect brands with content providers in the region

2. Circus 20/Twenty: A social intelligence platform that turns social insights and analysis into actionable marketing data for brands

3. Fashory: A fashion community of female working professionals in Asia

4. Imagin8ors: A team of educators and technologists that seeks to reimagine learning to maximise what is unique to each child

5. PlusMargin: A predictive analytics platform for e-commerce retailers

6. Snapask: A mobile app that instantly connects students to tutors for one-on-one academic support

7. Tutate: An iPad app that allows users to purchase and work on assessment books

8. Yellow Elevator: An employee referral system designed to help employers find candidates through social networks of their employees

The eight startups will take part in the 100-day accelerator programme from July to October 2015. They will each receive a seed funding of S$30,000, as well as mentorship opportunities from SPH, Plug and Play, and Infocomm Investments.