From hundreds of startups applying to showcase their startups as part of the Echelon TOP100 Qualifiers across the region, 20 have been shortlisted to take the stage at CU Innovation Hub in Bangkok this Friday, March 23. They will battle it out to be crowned the Judges' Choice and Fan Favourite - get fast tracked to the Finals at Echelon Asia Summit in Singapore this June amongst the shortlisted 100 - and ultimately vie for prizes from WeWork, STSP, Web in Travel and SPRING Singapore! Also read: Do these 21 represent Thailand's next generation of promising startups? But first - these are the judges they have to get a stamp of approval from:
- Vitavin Ittipanuvat, Senior Investment Manager, Beacon VC Founded in 2016, Beacon VC is a wholly-owned corporate venture capital fund of Kasikornbank PLC (SET: KBANK), a leading commercial bank in Thailand with highest mobile penetration and largest SME base. With initial fund of THB 1 billion, Beacon VC focuses on strategic investments in early to growth-stage technology startups covering not only financial technology (fintech) but also consumer lifestyle and deep technology sectors such as artificial intelligence (AI) and enterprise IT.
- Paul Meyers, Head of muru-D, Singapore Muru-D, a startup accelerator programme in Australia and Asia that help founders scale smarter and faster, offering tech entrepreneurs masterclasses, connections to a global network of mentors, investors, and alumni and seed funding, boasting a total of 44 startups successfully graduating the programme;
- Bhisidh Nardee, Business Development Manager, True Incube True Group is committed to join forces with Thai Government in putting Technology and Innovation into efforts for Digitalized Thailand mission. True has set out to develop True Digital Park as an open innovation platform that promotes collaboration between Multinational companies, Startups, SMEs, Investors, Universities, and Public Sector to build an innovation-focused community under one roof.
- Nadia Fonny, Investment Associate, Gobi VC Gobi is a venture capital firm that focusses on early stage IT, TMT, and digital media companies in China and Southeast Asia with its Meranti ASEAN Growth Fund aiming to raise US$200 million to invest in 15 or more companies.
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TOP100, presented by WeWork, is a programme powered by e27 that empowers insights, connections, talent and funding opportunities for early-stage tech startups in Asia. In order to shine a spotlight on the chosen 100, we travel through 23 APAC cities in 2 months, span 7 market categories, and partner with community leaders and ecosystem expertise to curate the ones to keep an eye out for. Learn more or apply now at e27.co/echelon/top100 TOP100 Qualifier Roadshows begin across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, (now) Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar from March 6th, 2018, before taking on the rest of APAC. The TOP100 2018 Official Startup Application Round for joining the Qualifier Roadshow has ended, but we are still accepting applications for Discretionary Admission.