ECHELON BRINGS TOGETHER ASIA'S TECH ECOSYSTEM

Financial & Government Institutions

Expect to meet movers and shakers from banks, insurance firms, monetary associations and the government agencies helping push Asia's tech ecosystems forward

Angel and Investors

Meet early to growth stage investors looking to fund startups from all over the region

Startup Founders

Be it boot strapped, seed funded or growth stage, Echelon attracts a range of tech startups that are looking to grow to be the next billion dollar company

Corporate and MNCs

We work with the largest companies in the world who are looking to partner and work with startups

Tech, Business, Design & Marketing Experts

Echelon is a multiple pot of people from diverse backgrounds, expect tech, design and business people to talk to same language

Media

We partner with media companies for all over region, looking to cover innovation and tech companies

WHAT IS ECHELON VIETNAM?

Echelon Vietnam 2016 is a two-day tech and business conference that attracts top-tier digital professionals and entrepreneurs set to create and amplify opportunities in the fields of technology, business and investments across Vietnam and Asia.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS AT ECHELON 2016

International Speakers

Treat yourself to thought provoking discussions and presentations by some of the best tech thought leaders in the region.

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Regional Delegations

City delegations will be in attendance for Echelon ​Vietnam​, feature the most diverse audience in the region.

Exhibitors Marketplace

This is the place where growth stage startups, corporates and service providers collide to made deals happen.

Workshops and Masterclasses

We aim to equip attendees with the latest knowledge about the tech industry so that you can better grow your companies.

Echelon Connect

Build relationships with curated connections of investor, startups and mentors.

Official Afterparty

We do the best tech afterparties, period!

2016 SPEAKERS

Dr. Lee George Lam

Chairman-ASEAN Region & Senior Adviser-Asia

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Hong Kong) Ltd
Huy Nguyen Trieu

CEO

The Disruptive Group
Dr. Le Hoang Lan

Chairwoman

Indochina Investment Group Singapore
Pham Hong Quat

Director of NATEC

Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam
Eddy Lee

Founder & Managing Partner

Coffee Ventures
Huy Nguyen

Co-Founder & CTO

Holistics Software
Hian Goh

Founding Partner

NSI Ventures
Jonas Eichhorst

CEO

Silicon Straits Saigon
Charles Rim

General & Founding Partner

Access Ventures
Rick Yvanovich

Founder and CEO

TRG International
Shuyin Tang

Principal

Unitus Impact
Thaddeus Koh

Co-Founder & COO

e27

AGENDA A glimpse of this year's agenda

Future Stage

08:00 AM - 09:15 AM
Registration & Networking

DESCRIPTION:
Grab your conference pass and a cuppa! It’s going to be a productive day.

09:15 AM - 09:20 AM
Opening Remarks

SPEAKERS:
Thaddeus Koh, Co-founder & COO, e27
Sieng Van Tran, Quintessentially Group

09:20 AM - 09:30 AM
Welcome Address

SPEAKER: Duy Khuong Vo, Chairman, Da Nang Entrepreneurship Support

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
[Keynote] Discovering Vietnam as Asia's Next Tech Dragon

SPEAKER: Charles Rim, General & Founding Partner, Access Ventures

DESCRIPTION:
Charles is extremely bullish about Vietnam's potential as Asia's next tech dragon! With the wealth of experience and insights accumulated from his time as Head of M&A at Google to his current capacity as General & Founding Partner of Access Ventures, he will be sharing a regional view of Vietnam's relative position in Asia's tech ecosystem, and why the local market and startups are becoming increasingly more attractive for Korean startups and corporate acquirers.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
[Keynote] Digital Health: Transforming Care at Hospitals and Homes

SPEAKER: Eddy Lee, PhD, Managing Partner, Coffee Ventures/Consulting Professor, Stanford University

DESCRIPTION:
Health is a giant industry at the cusp of transformation by technologies. Market forces are shifting patient care from hospitals to clinics and homes, while technologies are adopted to ensure quality of care. Eddy Lee will showcase the latest advances in artificial intelligence, IoT, personalized medicine, virtual reality and smart devices in health and wellness. He will also highlight the opportunity in this critical sector to be seized for startups, investors, large corporations and governments in emerging markets.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
[Fireside] Addressing The Missing Ecosystem Growth Catalysts In Vietnam

SPEAKERS:
Eddie Thai, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Lan Phan, National Agency Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development, Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam

MODERATOR: Kevin McSpadden, Editor, e27

DESCRIPTION:
It's not just about startups and investors. To further the growth of the region's tech ecosystem, the strengthening of engagement from other stakeholders, especially incubators, corporations, universities, and the government is also important. In this session, Eddie will dive into how their resources and actions can either hinder or empower entrepreneurs.

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
[Fireside] Catalysing The Growth Of E-Commerce in Vietnam

SPEAKER: Dr. George Lam, Chairman, Cyberport

MODERATOR: Sieng Van Tran, Chairman, The Egg Group

DESCRIPTION:
What can e-commerce stakeholders in Vietnam learn from their overseas counterparts? Navigate through local infrastructural challenges and accelerate through the steep learning curve by learning from Dr. George Lam's 30 years of international experience in management, strategy and consulting.

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM
[Keynote] Leveraging Fintech for the New Age of Distributions

SPEAKER: Le Hoang Lan, Chairwoman, Indochina Investment Singapore

11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
[Keynote] Harnessing Vietnamese Young Talents in Science and Tech

SPEAKER: Christy Le, Managing Director, Fossil

12:15 PM - 01:45 PM
Lunch & Networking
01:45 PM - 02:30 PM
[Panel] Why Does Vietnam Need a Travel Accelerator?

SPEAKERS:
Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director. Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office
Larry Chua, Co-founder, Caption Hospitality
Alex Grant, Founder, Touriocity

MODERATOR: Sieng Van Tran, Chairman, The Egg Group

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
[Fireside] Building a Disruptive Business in Southeast Asia

SPEAKER: Jerry Lim, Country Head, Vietnam, Grab

MODERATOR: Kevin McSpadden, Editor, e27

DESCRIPTION:
It is an exciting time for startups in Southeast Asia. Apart from its beautiful beaches and delicious food found across a diverse archipelagic region, a growing middle class driven by urbanization and digitization is resulting in unprecedented opportunities in the Asian startup ecosystem. Hear from Jerry Lim to understand how Grab, one of Southeast Asia’s most successful unicorn startup, is building the region’s leading ride-hailing platform with more than 24 million app downloads supported by 500,000 drivers in six countries.

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
[Fireside] Startup Education

SPEAKERS:
Adrian Tan, Program Director, VIISA
Anh-Minh Do, Director of Communications, Vertex Ventures/Co-founder, Startup.vn

MODERATOR: Bobby Liu, Senior Director, Topica Edtech Group/Founder, Hub.IT

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
[Fireside] Bridging the Gap between Southeast Asia and China

SPEAKERS:
Zhang Di, Head of Financial Advisory, TechTemple
Andy Tian, Co-founder & CEO, Asia Innovations Group

MODERATOR: Coco Sun, Head of Global Partnerships & Marketing, TechTemple

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
[Keynote] Fintech Risks and Opportunities: Why Asia is Different

SPEAKER: Nguyen Huy Trieu, CEO, The Disruptive Group

04:30 PM - 05:15 PM
[Panel] How To Woo A Southeast Asian VC

SPEAKERS:
Anh-Minh Do, Director of Communications, Vertex Ventures/Co-founder, Startup.vn
Peter Huynh, Co-founder & Partner, Qualgro
Victor Chua, Investment Director, Gobi VC

MODERATOR: Shuyin Tang, Principal, Unitus Impact

05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
[Free & Easy] Networking & Exhibition Showcase

DESCRIPTION:
Light refreshements will be served to all attendees for a free & easy mingle as we conclude Day 1 of Echelon.

05:15 PM - 05:45 PM
[Fireside] Viet Diaspora - Vietnam's Unfair Advantage

SPEAKER: Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen, Vietnamese-American Personality/Co-host

MODERATOR: Sieng Van Tran, Chairman, The Egg Group

Build & Reach Stage

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
New Market Entry Strategies

SPEAKER: Jeffrey Nah, General Partner, Extream Ventures

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Why Email Marketing Is Still An ROI Monster for E-commerce

SPEAKERS:
Greg Halama, Head of Marketing, Ematic Solutions
Nick Ippel, Country Manager Vietnam, Ematic Solutions

DESCRIPTION:
Email marketing has a reputation of being technology from the early 90s, along with the misconceptions of spambots and chainmail. The average person receives 121 emails a day, and the human race gets 193.3 billion emails in total, businesses being responsible for over half of that amount. In this workshop, learn why and how email marketing channels remain the highest ROI for your business today.

12:15 PM - 01:45 PM
Lunch & Networking

DESCRIPTION:
Eat up, everyone! Say hi to the exhibitors & don't forget to exchange cards.

01:45 PM - 03:15 PM
[Invite-Only] Investor Forum

SPEAKERS:
Eddie Thai, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Eddy Lee, Managing Partner, Coffee Ventures
Charles Rim, Founding Partner, Access Ventures
Michael Blakey, Founder & Managing Partner, Cocoon Capital
William Koo, CEO, Novus BridgeWorks

MODERATOR: Jeffrey Nah, General Partner, Extream Ventures

DESCRIPTION:
Session 1: Vietnam's Tech Ecosystem & Investment Models
Session 2: Corporate Innovation & Partnerships with Startups/VCs
Session 3: Catalysing Tech Startup Exits in SEA
Session 4: Angel Investing 101
Session 5: Chinese Investors in SEA

03:15 PM - 03:45 PM
[Keynote] Beyond the 101s: Lessons & Insights From Alternative Digital Industries

SPEAKER: Oliver Woods, Director of Digital & Social Strategy, Red2 Digital

DESCRIPTION:
Do you agree that sex sells? If we were to take this literally - what more can we learn from alternative industries like digital pornography who have often been a step ahead in digital marketing strategies and the adoption of technology?

03:45 PM - 04:15 PM
[Keynote] Generating App installs at Scale

SPEAKERS:
Joe Ruelle, Business Development Manager, Google
Jay Horathai, Business Development Manager, Google

04:15 PM - 05:15 PM
[Free & Easy] Networking & Exhibition Showcase

DESCRIPTION:
Light refreshements will be served to all attendees for a free & easy mingle as we conclude Day 1 of Echelon.

EC Connect

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
EC Connect Structured Networking Session 1A (Pre-Matched)

DESCRIPTION:
This session is reserved for priority-access early-stage startups (TOP100 qualifying applicants and exhibitors) only! Participating Investors to be announced shortly!

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
EC Connect Structured Networking Session 1B (Pre-Matched)

DESCRIPTION:
This session is reserved for priority-access growth-stage startups (TOP100 qualifying applicants and exhibitors) only! Participating Investors to be announced shortly!

Future Stage

08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Registration & Networking

DESCRIPTION:
Grab your conference pass and a cuppa! It’s going to be a productive day.

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
[Keynote] Lessons I Learned from Building My Startup, Klout

SPEAKER: Binh Tran, Venture Partner, 500 Startups

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
[Keynote] Bringing Sexy Back to B2B

SPEAKER: Rick Yvanovich, Founder & CEO, TRG International

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
[Fireside] Grow Local, Go Global

SPEAKERS:
Andy Tian, Co-founder & CEO, Asia Innovations (碰碰)
Harry Wang, Partner, Linear Venture

MODERATOR: Kevin McSpadden, Editor, e27

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
[Fireside] Synergies Between Russia and SEA

SPEAKER: Alina Suslova, Head of Special Projects, Skolkovo Foundation

MODERATOR: Kevin McSpadden, Editor, e27

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
[Fireside] Accelerating The Fintech Fastforward In Vietnam

SPEAKERS:
Philipp Kristian, Innovation Fellow, LOFT/Organiser, DrinkEntrepreneurs
Sandeep Deobhakta, Division Head – Head of Retail Banking, VPBank

MODERATOR: William Koo, CEO, Novus BridgeWorks

12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Lunch & Networking

DESCRIPTION:
Eat up, everyone! Say hi to the exhibitors & don't forget to exchange cards.

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
[Keynote] Entrepreneur to VC: The journey from AFC to NSI Ventures

SPEAKER: Hian Goh, Founding Partner, NSI Ventures

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
[Fireside] 22 Million Users In 22 Months

SPEAKER: Calvin Kizana, Founder & CEO, PicMix

MODERATOR: Bobby Liu, Senior Director, Topica Edtech Group/Founder, Hub.IT

03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
[Panel] Building Vietnam's Competitive Advantage Through Tech Talent

SPEAKERS:
Jonas Eichhorst, CEO, Silicon Straits Saigon
Francis Tuan Anh Nguyen, Developer Experience & Evangelism Lead, Microsoft Vietnam
Marcus Ellison, Co-founder, CoderSchool
Vi Thanh Ton Ho, Co-founder & Managing Director, BCA Studio/Founder, Creative Drinks

MODERATOR: Isaac Tay, Co-Founder & VP, Honestbee

03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
TOP100 Vietnam Qualifiers

SPEAKERS:
JUDGES:
Shuyin Tang, Principal, Unitus Impact
Anh-Minh Do, Director of Communications, Vertex Ventures/Co-founder, Startup.vn
Eddy Lee, PhD, Managing Partner, Coffee VC/Consulting Professor, Stanford University
Victor Chua, Investment Director, Gobi VC
Dzung Nguyen, Head of Vietnam & Thailand, CyberAgent Ventures

DESCRIPTION:
Shortlisted Startups battle it out on the Future Stage for a chance to win prizes, and a shot at making it to the TOP100 Finals in Singapore, June 2017.

05:15 PM - 05:35 PM
To be announced shortly!
05:35 PM - 05:50 PM
TOP100 Vietnam Qualifiers Award Ceremony

DESCRIPTION:
Prize Presentation from Skolkovo
Prize Presentation from Microsoft
Prize Presentation from e27"

05:50 PM - 06:00 PM
Closing

Build & Reach Stage

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
[Keynote] The New Communications & Media Trends in Vietnam [Chinese, with English translation]

SPEAKER: Guo Zhi Feng, Chairman, Chicilon Media

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Lessons from Grab: Building the Next Dragon Startup

SPEAKER: Ditesh, Head of Engineering, Grab

DESCRIPTION:
In less than five years, Grab grew from serving one city with just a taxi-hailing service, to 32 cities and five ride and delivery services known for providing safe and affordable rides at different price points. How did Grab grow so quickly? What lessons from Grab can you apply to your startup? Come to the keynote session by Ditesh Kumar, Grab’s Director of Engineering, to hear an engineer’s perspective on becoming Southeast Asia’s largest homegrown tech giant.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Data 101: Applying Analytics for Your Startup

SPEAKER: Huy Nguyen, Co-founder & CTO, Holistics/Co-founder & Program Director, Grokking

DESCRIPTION:
Most startups understand the value that data analytics brings to their company, but most fail to go beyond basic proficiency in Google Analytics. Huy will provide a high-level overview of the data analytics landscape and how all the different components tie together to unlock the full potential that analytics brings to drive the results that matter.

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Lunch & Networking

DESCRIPTION:
Eat up, everyone! Say hi to the exhibitors & don't forget to exchange cards.

01:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Networking & Exhibition Showcase

DESCRIPTION:
Light refreshements will be served to all attendees for a free & easy mingle as we conclude Day 2 of Echelon.

EC Connect

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
EC Connect Structured Networking Session 2A (Open)

DESCRIPTION:
Participating Investors to be announced shortly! Psst - want a confirmed slot? Grab a limited Investor Pack at the Tickets page now!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
EC Connect Structured Networking Session 2B (Open)

DESCRIPTION:
Participating Investors to be announced shortly! Psst - want a confirmed slot? Grab a limited Investor Pack at the Tickets page now!

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Free & Easy
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Echelon Official After Party

DESCRIPTION:
Brace yourself for a tubulent night in Vietnam


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