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News  14, Mar 2013

500 Startups’ Geeks on a Plane coming to Southeast Asia, stopping by Singapore for Echelon

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GOAP SEA500 Startups, a seed fund and accelerator based in Mountain View, California, has just announced their next Geeks on a Plane. They will be coming to Southeast Asia!

Geeks on a Plane is an invite-only tour for startups, investors, and executives to learn about burgeoning technology markets worldwide, and is organized by 500 Startups.

“Our geeks travel far and wide to seek out amazing international entrepreneurs and innovators of all kinds. During these trips, attendees gain new insights, meet new friends, and make business contacts from all over the globe. They also have a lot of FUN.” – 500 Startups

Read also: 500 Startups looking for badass Southeast Asia entrepreneurs

Taking place on the 1st to 15th June, Geeks on a Plane Southeast Asia will be making stops in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Jakarta. 500 Startups has been paying a lot of attention to Southeast Asia lately. On top of organizing GOAP to Southeast Asia, the accelerator also made a call early this March for more Southeast Asia entrepreneurs to be part of their four-month accelerator program in the coming summer.

According to the official 500 Startups announcementKhailee Ng, who is the entrepreneur-in-residence for 500 Startups, and Dave McClure will be on the tour. Some of the other folks who were part of GOAP trips all over the world included representatives from Google, eBay, CNN, TechCrunch, Etsy, PayPal and SurveyMonkey.

Read also: Dave McClure is hungry for food tech, says 500 Startups might head to China and Southeast Asia soon

For it’s Singapore stop, Geeks on a Plane will be coming to our annual flagship event Echelon, and we are really excited to be hosting the GOAP folks. As our Echelon strategic partner, GOAP will be checking out the participants at our Echelon Startup Marketplace, as well as to get the latest updates on recent trends and  the various hot topics in Southeast Asia.

If you are interested to be part of the GOAP Southeast Asia tour, you can submit your application here and the team will be in touch if you are selected.

How you can be part of our Echelon event

At e27, we are all hard at work putting together the best content, speakers and startups for Echelon, and we are incredibly excited about it. Expect more frequent updates on Echelon in the coming weeks.

For those of you who are interested to check out Echelon, Asia’s leading tech startup conference, you can head over to our official website, where early bird tickets are on sale now. The main conference is happening in June in Singapore.

Other than the main conference, we are also organizing Satellites around the region on the hunt for the best Asia’s startup. This year, we will be bringing our Satellites to 8 countries. We also invite you to join us at our Satellites in April where you can get the best local content from speakers around the region, on top of hearing the pitches from some of the best startups in your country. Here are some of the dates that you should mark down on your calendar:

Finally, we are also on the lookout for great speakers to share their experiences at our Echelon conference in June. Some of our speakers last year included David Weekly of PBWorks, Brian Wong of Kiip, Patrick Lee of Rotten Tomatoes, David Kadavy of Design for Hackers, and more than 50 other amazing speakers. If there’s anyone you would like to nominate, please submit their details through our nomination form.

We hope you are as excited as we are! Do remember to register for the main conference event before the early bird tickets run out.

Jacky Yap

Jacky Yap

Having spent one year abroad in Shanghai under the NUS Overseas College Programme, Jacky has an avid interest in entrepreneurship and web based startups. Jacky used to run N-House, Singapore's first entrepreneurial themed residence in NUS, and was also part of the organizing team for Startup Weekend Singapore 2012. You can reach him at jacky [at] e27 [dot] co

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