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Echelon Asia Summit 2015, the region’s premiere startup event, ended on a high note yesterday. Three startups clinched the four major awards at the culmination of the conference’s main attraction, the “Top 10 Pitch” – which saw the best and brightest startups from Asia Pacific get up on stage and pitch their companies to a panel of distinguished judges.

e27 caught up with the three winning teams, South Korea’s myRealTrip that won the Global Brain Award, ed-tech firm ChaseFuture that clinched both People’s Choice and the Braintree_Paypal award and finally, from the Phillipines, PawnHero, that clinched the Judges’ Choice award.

Here is what the winners had to say:

myRealtrip (South Korea Qualifiers)

Dong-gun Lee, CEO myRealTrip

Dong-gun Lee, CEO myRealTrip

myRealTrip is a platform connecting travelers with local guides or destination experts. It calls itself the Airbnb for tour/activities.

e27: How does it feel to win the Global Brain Award?

“This win feels great and I would like to thank my team for working so hard. I actually feel quite surprised that we won. ”

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e27: What’s next for the company?

“Next, we are going to launch our services for English- and Chinese-speaking tourists travelling in Asia, as well as expand our South Korean operations.”

e27: Why do your think your company was chosen for the award?

“We want to innovate the tourism industry and I think that was why.”

ChaseFuture (Malaysia Qualifiers)

The ChaseFuture Team

The ChaseFuture Team

ChaseFuture, based in Shanghai, is an admission consulting platform that connects top international applicants with admissions experts for paid consulting services.

e27: How does it feel to win both the People’s Choice and Braintree_Paypal awards?

“Its been an amazing journey filled with ups and downs and we are really glad to have won here today. ”

e27: What’s next for the company?

“We are going to continue expansion in Asia, specifically in India and Southeast Asia, as well as work on spreading the word about our platform.”

e27: Why do your think your company was chosen for the award?

“We have always tried to get the word out about the company. You will notice a whole bunch of us, the black polo mafia as we like to call ourselves, at events like Echelon trying to get people interested in ChaseFuture”

PawnHero (Philippines Qualifiers)

David Margendorff, CEO. PawnHero

David Margendorff, CEO, PawnHero

PawnHero provides an easy way of overcoming short-term cash needs by giving customers the best deal in town—high appraisal, low interest rate—with no service charge or penalty costs for late payment or loan renewal.

e27: How does it feel to win the Judges Choice Award?

“Winning is always good. We wake up in the morning with the desire to win and it’s great to get recognised for our efforts. ”

e27: Whats next for the company?

“We are just going to continue doing what we do, which is helping people in Southeast Asia save money and get the loans they need to make things happen.”

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e27: Why do your think your company was chosen for the award?

“We have a good solution to a major problem, a solid team and a proven track record.”

Check out this article for more details on the winners.