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The successes of billion-dollar companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, Sphero have inspired many entrepreneurs to take the risk and start companies of their own.

So what do these companies have in common?

They were all graduates of rockstar accelerators and incubators like Y Combinator and Techstars.

The answer lies in the middle layer of any healthy ecosystem: incubators and accelerators. As more and more such institutions set foot in the Indonesian market, Echelon Indonesia 2016 brings you a very timely panel: Incubators & Accelerators: The Crucial Layer To Propel #1000Startups, that explores the differences that incubators and accelerators can make, as well as the role that they play in the larger startup environment.

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Here are the speakers in this fireside chat all set to bring an international perspective:

 Bobby Liu, Founder of Hub.IT (Moderator)

Bobby Liu can be said to be a global citizen, having lived and worked in 5 different countries. A keen learner, he appreciates the differences in cultural background of people and what make them tick. Ideas abound, he currently operates a coworking space/incubator called Hub.IT, where it provides young entrepreneurs a conducive environment to innovate and share collective experiences, and building a great entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hanoi and across Vietnam. He is also very active in the startup community, volunteering his time to mentor startups and helping them achieve their goals. One of the initiatives of his is an umbrella platform called Techfest 

Aviva Markowicz, International Development, NUMA

With a business school degree and several experiences in Marketing, IT consulting and startups business development, Aviva has joined NUMA in December 2012. After 2 years working inside Numa’s accelerator in the entrepreneur’s service, she is now in charge of the International development of NUMA, looking for strategic partnerships around the globe.

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Angelyn Ardiwinata, Executive Director, GEPI

Angelyn Ardiwinata Liem is the youngest Executive Director and the first woman to hold the position in Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI), an initiative from U.S. State Department to develop entrepreneurship in Indonesia. Before GEPI, Angelyn led a social media campaign that turned Jakarta Globe into the biggest newspaper community in Southeast Asia in 2010.

She also led the launch of Student Globe, a media programme for high school students from BeritaSatu, involving more than 100 school and 10,000 students across Indonesia. Angelyn has a master in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University and a bachelor in Education from Pelita Harapan University.

Are you a startup looking for incubation support? Or are you an accelerator with something to contribute? Join us in the discussions below, and come on down to Echelon Indonesia 2016 to meet the people you need to know this April 5-6 at Kartika Expo Centre, Balai Kartini, Jarkata!