About Us

Our Why & How.

Two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, according to the United Nations. This will put immense pressure on cities to provide everyday essentials like clean air, affordable and safe public transport, and reliable infrastructure. In fact, many cities are already struggling to provide their residents with these necessities. There is still a lot of work to be done, and we believe startups are uniquely positioned to tackle the challenges cities face today and in the future.

That is why we created the ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities Accelerator. By helping promising startups realise their potential, we are helping to fulfill an important mission: the creation of sustainable cities that work for everyone.


Meet Our Dedicated Team.

Each member on the ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities Accelerator team has a unique background in entrepreneurship and development that helps deliver value to our startups.


Amra naidoo

Co-founder, Partnerships & Operations Director


Craig Dixon

Co-founder, Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Nesh Sooriyan-larsen



Rohana wood

Program Manager



Meet Some of Our Mentors.

Our mentors provide our startups with insightful feedback and new perspectives. They also help our startups make new connections by opening up their networks.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Please contact us and introduce yourself.


See our full network of mentors here!


Supported By.


The ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities Accelerator (ASCA) is supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Accelerating Asia.


Meet Our Community Partners.


We partner with incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, and VCs to strength the startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. If you are supporting startups in your region and are keen in partnering with us, please drop us an email