Indonesia’s Akulaku to Raise $100m from Alibaba

Indonesia’s Akulaku to Raise $100m from Alibaba

Akulaku, an Indonesian startup working in the field of financing, has been reported to be in talks to raise US$100 million Series D funding round. Ant Financial, Alibaba’s business line in the financial services sector, is said to join in this funding round as strategic investor.

According to KrAsia, the funding round will further deepen Alibaba’s businesses penetration in Indonesia through Ant Financial and its portfolio companies, particularly in the e-commerce sector.

If confirmed, then the total funding raised by Akulaku will reach US$220 million. In October 2017, the company raised a US$70 million funding round led by Fanpujinke Group, with the participation of Sequoia India, BlueSky Venture Capital, and Qimimng Venture Capital, reported.

Akulaku campaign in Jakarta. Image:
Akulaku campaign in Jakarta. Image:


According to DEALSTREETASIA, Akulaku was founded in 2014 with virtual credit card as its main business line; it also offers digital, communication, and consumer products claims to be Indonesia’s largest online consumer financial services provider. 

In addition to Indonesia, Akulaku also has a presence in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Southeast Asia has become Alibaba’s favourite destination in building its international footprint. In the e-commerce sector, Alibaba has invested in Lazada and Tokopedia, while in the fintech sector, the company is present in several local players such as Dana (Indonesia), GCash (the Philippines), TrueMoney (Thailand), and TnGD (Malaysia).

Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate. Image:
Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate. Image:


In a press conference sometime ago, Akulaku announced that it is set to expand its presence in Indonesia from Java to Borneo and Sumatra.

The company’s business line includes Asetku (P2P lending), Akulaku Silvrr (marketplace), Akugrosir (B2B e-commerce), and Akulaku Finance (multifinance). Its most recent launch in Kredit Offline, which enables customers to pay in installments at offline merchants.

Akulaku claimed to have 15 million registered users with two million active users.



Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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