Viber gathers start-ups under the wing of a new international business development program from Rakuten and the accelerator Techstars. Companies that fall into the accelerator, Japanese owner Viber (Rakuten) will offer a convertible loan of $ 100,000. The goal of the program is to present innovative ideas for exchanging messages, as well as support for communication between business representatives and users.
The curriculum will last three months in Singapore. There will go only 10 selected start-ups. During this time they will learn all the main functions of instant messengers.
Acceptance of applications will be open until April 8. The program itself will begin in July, and on October 11, demo-day participants will be able to show their ideas to hundreds of investors around the world.