Why Apply?

Be part of Southeast Asia’s premier startup event! At Echelon 2014, showcase your product to top investors and venture capital funds, corporate decision makers, community leaders and media channels from across the region as you bring your startup to a whole new level.

How it works?

Phase 1: Submit your application

The road toward building your idea into a scalable business begins here. Echelon is an amazing platform for startups to connect with investors and venture capital funds across Asia.

Key Dates

31 January 2014: Call for submissions end. Click here to apply

Phase 2: Pitch at one of the Satellites

Shortlisted startups will pitch at one of the 12 Satellites across Asia. Key investors and community leaders make up the judging panel and will select one Satellite winner for each city.

Key Dates

14 February 2014: Startups selected to pitch at Satellite will be contacted
1 – 31 March 2014: Satellite Period across 12 cities

Phase 3: Exhibit and Pitch at Echelon 2014

50 startups will be selected from the Satellites and invited to exhibit at the Echelon 2014 Startup Marketplace and 10 will be selected to pitch at the Echelon 2014 Launchpad. The judging panel consists of regional investors and venture capital funds and will select one Most Promising Startup of Echelon 2014. Startups invited to exhibit at Echelon 2014 will also enjoy a preferred rate as first-time startup exhibitors.

Key Dates

10 – 11 June 2014: Echelon 2014

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Past Success Stories

  • Waygo

    Echelon 2013 Most Promising Startup
    Raised US$900,000


    Echelon 2013 Startup Marketplace exhibitor
    Raised US$800,000


    Echelon 2012 Most Promising Startup
    Raised US$400,000
  • James Haver II

    Software Developer and Director of Translation at Translate Abroad Taiwan (Echelon 2013 Most Promising Startup)
    Echelon is a great opportunity to meet startups from all over Asia and get a good feeling for the ecosystem. It was a great opportunity to meet investors, partners, other startups and media.

    Vinnie Lauria

    Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
    Echelon is hands-down, the #1 event to see the best startups Asia has to offer

    Natali Ardianto

    Technology Mentor, Project Eden
    I have been to Echelon twice, and it was always worth the investment. With years of experience in organizing large scale startup events, I am sure Echelon by e27 will not let you down.
  • Paul Srivorakul

    Regional CEO, aCommerce
    The buzz and energy from all the startups, companies, and investors was truly unique. It caters to a variety of businesses from recruiting and networking, to product launches and fundraising. A must go event for S.E. Asia!

    Arnaud Bonzom

    Assistant Director – MBA Career Development Centre, INSEAD
    Echelon 2012 & 2013 offered the best way to catch up with contacts from around the region.

    Dema Tio

    Co-Founder and CEO, Vibease Inc.
    A must go tech event for every tech founders, no matter whether you are a wannabe or new or seasoned entrepreneur ! Meeting other founders, startups, investors, mentors are priceless. The network is getting wider too, from Silicon Valley to Jakarta. Looking forward to Echelon 2014.
  • Mark Hsu

    Co-Founder & Partner, TMI Holding Corp
    Echelon is THE event to attend if you want to get a pulse of the internet/mobile/ICT sector in Asia, ex-Japan & ex-China. It's a tremendous learning & networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors & anyone with a passion for the industry.


I’m only in the concept stage of my product, can I still apply?

Yes, we encourage any and all startups to apply regardless of the stage they are at.

I’m incorporated outside of Asia, is my startup eligible?

No, unfortunately we only accept entries that are incorporated in Asia.

What dates do I need to bear in mind regarding Echelon 2014?

The 12 Satellites will be conducted in the month of March 2014. We will communicate to all applicants whether they will be pitching at the Satellite events or not. The current Echelon 2014 conference dates have been booked at 10 – 11 June 2014.

I’ve taken part in Echelon before, can I participate again?

If it is a different product and has not been pitched at a Satellite or exhibited at the Startup Marketplace, you are welcomed to experience Echelon again. However, we try to keep Echelon fresh with Asia’s latest innovations. There will still be exhibition opportunities for Echelon Alumni. Details will be released at a later date.

What are the key features of Echelon 2014?

Prior to the Echelon 2014 conference in June 2014, 12 Satellite events will be organized in March 2014 where startups will pitch at each Satellite. At Echelon 2014 itself, there is the Startup Marketplace that features startups selected from Satellites to exhibit, as well as the Launchpad, where 10 startups are selected to pitch to the Echelon 2014 judging panel.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

We would love to hear from you and You can email us at this link. Or tweet us at @e27co. We will do our utmost to respond to you within 12 hours.

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To get a complimentary free ride worth SGD50 on 4,5 June to Echelon, just follow the steps below:

  1. Download the UBER iOS app
  2. Sign up for an account
  3. Set your origin or destination to "Max Atria" and enjoy the free ride
Note: Each attendee will receive a free S$50 usage which they can either spend use on a single trip or split it into two trips with each having a S$25 value.

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