ARIA, an Indonesian agritech startup, has raised a pre-Seed funding from GK Plug and Play Indonesia, with participation of East Ventures and agriculture and logistics market leaders Triputra Group, WareSix, and Sahabat Group.
ARIA is an agritech firm with a purpose to increase efficiency, productivity, and crop output via drones and IoT solutions, while providing preventive and predictive agricultural solutions for farmers and large-scale plantations.
The startup said it will use the funding and trust to expand their network infrastructure and quickly establish distribution points across 17 Indonesian branches that span throughout the country to tackle ARIA’s potential market – 40 Million hectares (4 bn sqm) of agricultural farmland in Indonesia.
This expansion will be accompanied by the purchase of an expanded drone fleet and the development of key IoT asset tracking technologies to bring value and impactful change to ARIA’s customers.
“It is critical for ARIA to tackle the regeneration of Indonesia’s farming youths, who are troubled by low yields and are suffering from one of the lowest-earning professions across the country, Indonesia’s farmers are dying, ARIA’s vision is to foster the development of a new generation of tech-savvy millennial farmers who are able to compete and expand on the global stage,” said William Sjaichudin, Co-Founder and CEO ARIA.
“ARIA’s mission is simple, to allow farmers to plant confidently and elevate farmer’s welfare, ensuring increased yields and lowered operational costs through efficient technological improvements and mechanized labour,” Arden Lim, co-founder and CPO of ARIA, added.
GK Plug and Play, the lead investor in this funding round, is is a global innovation platform. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the firm has built accelerator programs, corporate innovation services, and an in-house VC to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before.
Since its inception in 2006, the firm’s programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in over 20 locations globally, giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond.
“With over 10,000 startups and 280 official corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup
ecosystem in many industries. We provide active investments with 200 leading Silicon Valley VCs and host more than 700 networking events per year. Companies in our community have raised over $7 billion in,” the firm said.