Los Angeles based data startup dataPlor has been selected to join the 10th Cohort of Blue Startups, a Top 20 US Accelerator. Blue Startups invests in technology-based companies that can scale fast and have global market potential, with special expertise in Asian markets. Founded in 2012, Blue Startups is quickly becoming a recognized hub of entrepreneurial activity between Asia, Hawaii and the Continental US. dataPlor's inclusion in Blue Startups comes at a time when dataPlor is actively pursuing opportunities in the Asian market, making this the perfect next step for the company.
Founded in 2016, dataPlor is a data intelligence company helping clients win in emerging markets. High economic growth rates in emerging markets make them attractive revenue growth opportunities for all industries. Unfortunately, business data in these countries is traditionally unreliable or does not exist, creating a challenge for companies looking to expand into these regions. dataPlor solves this problem by delivering high quality insights on small to medium sized emerging market businesses by combining a local on-demand workforce with field-ready software to collect, verify, and augment premium insights at scale.
dataPlor is currently operational in more than 30 countries in Latin America and Africa, with sights now set on Asia. High client demand for Asian small business data lead to a successful test launch in Hong Kong earlier this year. Geoff Michener, dataPlor’s founder and CEO, says that expanding into Asian markets is a huge strategic focus for the company. He believes participation in Blue Startups will help to seamlessly establish a strong Asian presence quickly.
“dataPlor’s value proposition is ideal for Asian markets because consumer economic power is growing in these regions, but these are some of the hardest countries to acquire clean data from. Our clients are asking for quality insights from India, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, etc. We hope to take our proven strategy established in LATAM emerging markets and adapt it to Asian markets”, explains Michener. “The fact that Blue Startups has investors and entrepreneurs in their network who are experts in these markets was a major reason why we chose this program. Those first-hand experiences are invaluable because doing business in Asia is so different from other markets”.
Representatives from dataPlor’s founding team will join Blue Startups in Honolulu Hawaii this summer and look forward to expanding into Asia in 2018.
Founded in 2016 by a team of experts in emerging markets, big data, and small business, dataPlor is a rapidly growing data intelligence firm. Utilizing a global network of on-demand workers, field-ready technology, and machine learning, the company has built the only multi-verified emerging market database on the market. Their model allows clients to customize their own data collection requirements. Advisors and investors includes Matt Graves (the former Chief Data Officer of Infogroup) and Andrew Finn (co-founder of ArborBridge Group and Wait But Why). Visit www.dataplor.com to learn more.