LINE PROTOSTAR is a program that aims to help startups scale their businesses by leveraging LINE’s cutting-edge platform and technologies. All ideas and creations are welcome, send them to us here!
With over 19 million users in Taiwan, LINE PROTOSTAR gives developers and businesses access to an extensive network of LINE users. Build applications integrated with LINE to reach users and create more value to your businesses.
Through our program, LINE works with startups to build services on LINE platform and expand user bases.
What we offer?
LINE Platform Resources
LINE official resource connection
Professional consulting services from strategic partners
Value-added resources from LINE ecosystem
What are available paths for startups who joined LINE PROTOSTAR?
Potential to become new service partners
Being prioritized of LINE new services’ usage, resource integration and cooperation as a startup in LINE PROTOSTAR program
Potential to receive investment fund
Investment decision will subject to growth trajectory, business model, market potential, innovation and team
Startup’s options to continue using OA
Pay special price of service fee, while having the same PROTOSTAR contractual obligations as first year
Exchange another year of free OA usage by offering company shares to LINE (LINE holds discretion to make investment offer and term)
Pay regular OA price to LINE, exit LINE PROTOSTAR program
Startups can join LINE PROTOSTAR through these process.
1Submit proposalSubmit your business proposal and let us know what kind of services will be launched on LINE platform.JOIN NOW!!
2Business Connect development account activationA Business Connect development account will be activated once the proposal is accepted. Startups will learn how to create an application on LINE platform and build new services in development environment.
3Develop an applicationStartups must complete the core function of services within six months after creating Business Connect development account.
4Release demoStarups will demostrate new services on LINE platform to Review Committee
5Sign a contract with LINEOnce released demo is accepted, LINE and startups will sign a contract to launch the service.
6Launch the serviceLINE will provide another Business Connect account for service production. The previous Business Connect development account can continue to be used for developing new features and fixing bugs. Startups must prepare separate environments for development and production.
What are we looking for
• Less than 5 years old • Before A funding stage
• Privately held
Criteria to be eligible for investment / become LINE partners
• Execution ability • Solid growth trajectory with measurable market size
• Scalable through LINE platform
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 on LINE platform at no cost in their first year of the program. LINE PROTOSTAR is available to startups that are privately held, less than 5-year-old and before A funding stage.
Why is LINE offering this program to startups?
LINE is aiming to transform from 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 LINE platform. LINE believes in building valuable long-term partnerships by helping startups grow and succeed. Together we can build smart mobile ecosystem.
In which countries does LINE offer this program?
Currently, LINE PROTOSTAR program is only available in Taiwan. However, startups from any country may apply for this program to build their global services.
Are there any services which are restricted by LINE PROTOSTAR program?
Yes. Startups providing the following services cannot apply for LINE PROTOSTAR program: sales of alcohol or tobacco, gambling, dating services, pornographic products, and competing services.