With just over a week to go, Echelon 2013 is setting up to be the technology conference to be at. The e27 team has taken the event up another notch and are doing it on a larger scale as a way to bring more value to technology community in the region. Early Bird tickets ends this Sunday and here’s why you should definitely grab them before your opportunity runs out:

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Top-tier investors

Dave McClure and his Geeks On A Plane are making Echelon 2013 one of their stops along their Southeast Asian tour. The 500 Startups Sith Lord is hungry for food tech and sees Southeast Asia as a region of many opportunities. Also making the trip over, together with a delegation from Taiwan, is Mark Hsu who is a partner at TMI. The venture capital firm, backed by Kaifu Lee’s Innovation Works, recently made 3 investments and is actively searching in Southeast Asia. TMI is an investor in e27. The latest updates on investors attending Echelon 2013 includes Softbank Ventures Korea with the Pan Asia Fund, a US$84 million fund with a mandate to invest close to half of this fund outside of South Korea. Not to forget Echelon sponsor Global Brain which has a US$66 million fund for the region.

Inspiring speakers

Content is king and e27 has put together a lineup of some of the best speakers from around the world to inspire and empower attendees at Echelon. Get the chance to meet and hear from Sahil Lavingia who has worked for Pinterest and now runs Gumroad, a marketplace for creatives which he raised US$7 million in funding for. Learn from Ernest Kim, who was a co-founder at renown software company 37signals. The e27 team is a big fan of 37signals and we actively use their products like Basecamp and Highrise. Also get the chance to hear from heavyweight entrepreneurs this side of the world such as Hironao Kunimitsu who founded Gumi, Razmig Hovaghimian who co-founded Viki and Calvin Kizana of PicMix.

A diverse lineup of startups

This is my fourth Echelon and the second time I’m heading the Startup Marketplace, and boy, is the regional tech startup space getting more exciting. This year’s Top 10 will see three Tawainese startups, 2 Thais and one each from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and Indonesia. Among them are two 500 Startup companies. Who do you think will win? Will Thailand be able to defend their title and bring home the Echelon crown again?

Other than the pitching companies, another 41 other startups will be joining these 10 at the Startup Marketplace. This includes a team from Japan’s Waseda University with their photo app DecoAlbum to experience entrepreneurs from Mixi with Seconds and angel investor turn startup founder Olivier Berthier with his finance startup Moneythor. Check out the full list of startups exhibiting here. Investors who want to know more about the startups, especially information that may be not publicly disclosed, check out our newly introduced paid item, the Investor Kit.

So, is Echelon 2013 the place for you to be at? You will definitely get a chance to meet these interesting people who are doing life-changing things and more. You have less than 48 hours to make that commitment. Early Bird tickets are still going at a reasonable S$200 for the two-day, power-packed conference. To make this event sweeter, use the promotion code “e27co” for a sweet surprise. Hope to see you at Echelon 2013!