The event that started in 2010 to engage developers, startups, tech companies and investors saw 300 participants in its very first year; and has only grown bigger and bigger over the years. It has not only become a platform for startups to showcase their products, make pitches to investors, network and find business partners, or discuss trends but has also become a platform to discuss their challenges and find solutions to them.
Echelon has an alumni of technology brands like GridMarket, Hipflat, Tanyadok, TopAdmit, Noonswoon and TradeHero, besides others who have directly benefited from Echelon.
In its fourth year, Echelon is expected to host over 1,500 participants from all over Asia. In these years, Echelon has made amazing friends and formed alliances not only from Asia but across the world and seen participation from countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Australia and India.
Thaddeus Koh, Co-founder, e27 (organiser of Echelon), says, “When we started in 2010, we had a vision to make Echelon as Asia’s largest Tech Resource event. Not only have we successfully build up a community of technology players in Asia, we have also been successful in becoming the voice of this community through our online platform, e27.co.”
Koh says that e27 is also a one stop platform for Resources for the tech community in Asia through the Jobs platform. He adds, “Echelon happens only once a year. As leaders and champions of the technology community, the onus is on us to engage the community, more often on our online platforms as well. And we have successfully been doing that through offline events such as Founders’ Drinks, VentureCon, Ignite and the Satellite Echelon.
So what can we expect new this year? Koh says, “We are growing the exhibitions this year. Watch out for the exhibition announcement on e27.co. The event is getting bigger in scale and the audience too is expected to swell.”
Echelon also becomes a bridge between startups and enterprises. World class leaders present their case studies of successful exits and discuss hot trends in the technology and entrepreneurship space. Some of the past speakers include top Silicon Valley individuals such as Dave McClure (500Startups), David Weekly (Hacker Dojo, PBWorks), Sahil Lavingia (Gumroad) & Brian Wong (Kiip).
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As Koh mentions, Echelon precedes with Satellites (mini events) in March and April, visiting over 10 countries, listening to over 100 startup pitches with local judges. “We then select the best 50 startups to exhibit in Echelon’s annual Startup Marketplace with 10 specially handpicked companies to pitch on the main stage to 1,500 tech delegates (over 50 per cent C-suite, foreign delegates) made up of investors, entrepreneurs, governments, corporates and media,” adds Koh.