With over 200 million active users worldwide, the LINE platform gives developers and businesses access to an extensive network of LINE users. Developers and businesses can build applications integrated with LINE to reach users and create more value. The term protostar means the prototype of a star. Every startup, just like a protostar, has the potential to become a large enterprise (supergiant star). Through the LINE Protostar program, LINE works with startups to build applications using the LINE platform and to expand their business to more LINE users. Startups that join the program or "Protostars", gain access to the following:
maximum six months before release
Minimum one year
Startups which are less than 5 years old, privately held, and make less than 1 million USD in annual earnings are eligible for the program. After 1 year in the program, LINE evaluates the startup's performance to determine what the best thing to do is for the startup. There are four possible outcomes:
If the service is growing but not generating much income, the startup can continue to use the LINE platform for free for one more year.
If the service's performance does not meet expectations, the startup has to shut down the service or stop using the LINE platform.
During the presentations today at LINE DEVELOPER DAY 2016, LINE announced a new Messaging API with even better bot functionality and development capabilities along with better support for developers.Read more
LINE will provide qualified teams with free developer accounts to build innovative internet services and mobile applications. Winners of the Protostar Special Award will get a free LINE Business account for one year to enhance the value of its products and create new possibilities.Read more
LINE Protostar is a program that helps startups grow by giving them free LINE Business Connect accounts, training and support. Protostar partners can develop and release services using the LINE platform at no cost in their first year of the program. Protostar is available to startups that are privately held, less than 5-years-old and earn less than $1M in annual revenue.
Currently, the Protostar program is only available in Taiwan. However, startups from any country may apply for this program to build their global services.
LINE is aiming to transform its messaging app into a "smart portal" where users can retrieve content, services and information in chats or Channel Web Applications. To achieve this vision, LINE is recruiting partners to build their applications and services on the LINE platform. LINE believes in building valuable long-term partnerships by helping startups grow and succeed. Together we can build smart mobile ecosystems.
Yes. Startups providing the following services cannot apply for the LINE Protostar program: sales of alcohol or tobacco, gambling, dating services, pornographic products, and competing services.
Startups can join the LINE protostar program by following six steps:
Provide information about the service and administrators to get a Business Connect account BOT and IN_APP_WEB permissions.
Learn how to create an application on the LINE platform and build a new service in the development environment.
A proposal of the service must be submitted within six months of creating the Business Connect account. LINE will review the proposal and provide feedback within one week.
When the proposal is accepted, a contract will be made to launch the service.
LINE will provide another Business Account to be used in production for the service. The Business Connect development can continue to be used for developing new features and fixing bugs. Startups must prepare separate environments for development and production.