After a long and arduous search across 14 countries, 800 applications and 250 pitches, we have arrived at the final TOP100 that will be showcasing their amazing ideas and vision to the world at e27′s flagship event of the year, Echelon Asia Summit 2016. From each country we have chosen one startup (in some cases, two) who have shown enough promise to impress our judges to win the Judges’ Choice awards.
From hardware to tourism to healthcare, and from small nimble companies to large dominant ones, our Judges’ Choice this year cover a good representation of how tech can transform lives and society for the better. From the best in Asia, we present to you, the 16 Judges’ Choice winners.
Australia | Internet of Things
Sonder Design is an award-winning tech-design company who is collaborating with Foxconn in Beijing to develop the world’s first dynamic E-Ink computer keyboard. No longer do users have to memorise hundreds of shortcuts. Now users can work faster and smarter with the Sonder keyboard as it adapts to the user to display any shortcuts on your keys for all your favourite applications, in addition to any language or custom icons too – creating infinite possibilities at your fingertips.
Bangladesh | Tourism
Tripooly.com is the only marketplace for travel agencies & tour operators in Bangladesh. In addition to fantastic deals, the company can also cater to customised travel needs based on requirements. With a fantastic user interface and exceptional service, Tripooly are set to charm your socks off while you sip a gin & tonic in a beautiful beach in South Thailand.
Hong Kong | Delivery
Founded in 2013 as EasyVan in Hong Kong, lalamove is the leading last-minute intra-city delivery technology in Asia. lalamove connects hundreds of thousands of customers with tens of thousands of professional van, motorcycle, lorry and truck drivers. Using innovations such as instant order matching, GPS vehicle tracking, 24/7 services and drivers rating, lalamove promises to fulfil their customers moving needs and at the same time helping drivers get more business. Already present in 17 cities across South East Asia & China, lalamove is the largest express delivery platform in Asia.
India | e-Commerce
Cityfurnish is revolutionising the on-demand rental economy by making renting affordable and easy. It brings online an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishing range at your doorstep. It is an online renting zone where contemporary and modern styles co-exist to establish a new genre of wooden furniture and furnishings. Articles of Cityfurnish entail exceptional artistry to form a fusion of classic styles to cater to a variety of tastes. The company provides an enchanting and exhaustive range of furniture and furnishing that includes sofa sets, beds, dining tables, and more.
Indonesia | Software as a Service
NataProperty is a web platform for the commercial property market in Indonesia providing information, facilities, and tours -an attractive feature for the property market in Indonesia. Under the auspices of PT. Online Property Commerce, NataProperty provide “Smart Selling Tools” for the real estate agent in order to get the product information on the property’s developer. Such tools include a mobile banking app, NUP which promises quick, accurate and easy transactions. Through their platform, agents are able to check results in real time, increasing efficiency and avoiding costly mistakes.
Japan | Healthtech
Long Good from Japan is a novel respiratory rehabilitation platform based on non-contact depth sensing technology that measure physiological information. Their vision is to help the rehab patients to have more engaging and effective rehab process. They employ robotics and various other AI developments such as Kinect’s motion sensing technology to develop an interactive system to benefit rehab patients and physical professionals.
Kazakhstan | eCommerce
Gift Sensor is a gift advisory service website. They are solving the problem of people who do not know what to give, and secondly, do not have time to wander around the shops in search of something suitable. Using the technology of linguistic analysis, the service will select suitable products from partner online stores product range by performing the analysis of the person’s interests and preferences based on their social media profiles. Gift Sensor then recommends several gift options, suggests making an order and offers timely delivery options.
Korea | Robotics
Luxrobo develops modular robotics platforms. There are 30 different types of modules, which include motor module, sensor module and display module. The modules they make enables users to create robotics devices by simply combining the modules together. Users can easily program the robot by using block coding software that are provided.
Malaysia | Travel Tech
Softinn is a travel-tech startup that provides cloud booking engine & distribution system for independent hotels like boutique hotels, vacation rentals & small hotel chains. They empower small hotels to distribute their room inventories more effectively via direct bookings & API. They believe in helping each hotels to find their target customers and helping each travelers to find their perfect place to stay. The team at Softinn runs on this passion and belief that your perfect travel accommodation exists and is a very tangible dream.
Philippines | Real Estate
FlySpaces empowers businesses as a digital marketplace that provides short-term work and meeting space solutions to entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and mobile professionals. The Philippine company allows you to access network of hundreds of spaces to discover across key South East Asian cities if you need a temporary space to work. For venue owners, FlySpaces acts as a digital marketing platform that connects you to a vast user base, making your space in demand. Flyspaces recognises that workspace is more than a mere location, but rather a launchpad that inspires ideas, motivates action and promotes growth.
Singapore | Big Data
DataStreamX is an online marketplace for real-time data including those created by M2M, IoT and Big Data applications so the companies that produce data products can easily monetise and distribute them while data consumers have one spot to source all their data requirements. Everyone knows that finding new data sources is like finding a needle in Google haystack. This doesn’t bode well for the more than 53% companies who now are looking for ways to productise the data they have to monetise it. DataStreamX bridges the gap for all non-personal data sources such as finance data, supply chain and logistics, e-commerce data, mobility as well as news and sentiment.
Singapore | Telecommunications
Simgo operates the world’s leading cloud-based virtual SIM (vSIM™) Connectivity Management platform for cellular devices, based on its patented and award-winning technology. By moving SIM management into the cloud, Simgo opens doors to new and exciting opportunities for users, operators, service providers and device manufacturers. Simgo’s platform gives customers complete and revolutionary control over how their calls are routed, based on business rules set by the customer, such as location, cost, connection, call quality or timing.
Taiwan | Online Travel
Outland Inc. is a travel startup that was founded in 2013 by four backpackers with backgrounds in computer science. HelloWings Budget is Outland Inc’s first product, the first ever Cross Budget-Airlines Visualised Comparator. Full calendar year price charts let users find their ideal price before choosing the date. SmartCombination offers same-city, cross-airline transfer to customise exclusive tickets. Moving on from the success of Hellowing Budget, they are currently working towards the second product, which integrates traditional full-service airline’s flights with budget airline’s flights through SmartCombination to craft new tickets that are at least 20% cheaper than any other tickets found on web.
Thailand | Online Marketplace
Seekster is Thailand’s Largest on Demand Marketplace for local services. They are the experts in helping customers hire trusted professionals for all their service needs. Be it getting a plumbing job done, cleaning your home, learning to play the guitar, improving your fitness through yoga, getting a manicure/pedicure or getting candid photos of your wedding clicked, they are a sure shot destination for all your service needs under the sun. All you have to do is request for a service, and consider it done.
Thailand | Logistics Marketplace
GIZTIX is the marketplace of logistics services. They help businesses that want goods shipped to customer in domestic or international destinations can get the best shipping price and reliable services from verified transporters that provide shipping services. GIZTIX also offers customers a comprehensive service that allows them to get immediate pricing, send, track time-sensitive logistics all from their platform.
Vietnam | Real Estate Marketplace
Hoozing strives to empower and connect people to make housing accessible, hassle-free, trustful. We are an online marketplace/community for searching and renting long term accommodations . With Hoozing, you can keep aside the worries of finding a budget residence within the price range, with the needed amenities, at the desired location, to deliver you the best renting experience from the time you show interest to the time you move in.
Investors, want to meet these startups doing amazing things in their own industries? Secure your tickets to Echelon Asia Summit happening this June 15-16, at Singapore Expo Hall to catch them live. These 16 Judges’ Choice Winners are also in the running to be crowned Asia’s TOP100 startup of 2016, so be there to support them!