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Business  5, Feb 2014

[Updated] Are you Asia’s most promising startup? Call for submissions extended

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Southeast Asia’s largest tech startup conference, Echelon, will be held on June 10-11. Startups looking to be part of the event can submit their entries now

UPDATE: Due to an overwhelming response, e27 has decided to extend the call for submissions till February 14, 2014 (23:59). Startups will be contacted by 21 February 2014 if they have been selected to pitch at the Satellites. What are you waiting for? Submit your startup now

It’s going to be bigger and better. Last year, e27‘s flagship event and Asia’s leading tech conference, Echelon, saw 10 Satellite events organised in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan. This year, we are heading into two new countries – South Korea and India – from March 1 to March 31, 2014 in search of the region’s most promising startup.

The process is simple. Here is what you will have to do:

- Fill up the online form
- Submit it by January 31, 2014

The shortlisted startups will be contacted in February. Post that, they will have to pitch to a panel of judges in selected Satellite events in the month of March.

Ten chosen startups from the Satellite events will then have to pitch to a panel of judges at Echelon 2014 Launchpad, which is scheduled to take place on June 10 and June 11, 2014.

Do note that startups submitting to pitch at Satellite events should be registered in an Asian country, and must not have exhibited the same product at earlier Echelons.

Last year, we saw 300 submissions from startups all over Asia and picked the best 10 to pitch at Echelon 2013. The ten were: Waygo, Noonswoon, Stamp, TradeHero, TanyaDok, MyLegalWhiz, Mathspace, TopAdmit, GridMarkets, and POP. Taiwan-based Waygo was then selected as Asia’s most promising startup. Shortly after winning the competition, the translator app managed to raise US$900,000 from 500Startups, AngelVest, Golden Gate Ventures, as well as a handful of angel investors.

The stage is set. Are you ready to rock Asia’s tech startup scene?

Submission of online applications for Echelon 2014 Satellite events and Startup Marketplace — an exhibition comprising startups that pitched at Satellites — begins today. Last date is January 31, 2014.

Elaine Huang

Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

  • Mark

    Echelon is undoubtedly the best tech conference in SEA region!

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