e27’s TOP100 Startup Search returns for the second year and interest from startups all over the region has been overwhelming. However, the programme cannot exist with just startups in the pot and we are thankful for an essential mix, including governmental support, dedicated personnel and pertinent judges that together make the TOP100 so unique. We also know two things are for certain; that the startups that join our programme are in it to win it, and that the bar for the winning startup keeps rising every year.
This year, the search begins in Singapore, followed by Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines. Shortlisted startups will pitch at these qualifiers, where one startup in each country will be crowned the ‘Judges’ Choice’. These startups will then pitch and exhibit at the Echelon Asia Summit in Singapore on June 15-16, 2016 .
Here are three things you need to know about the TOP100 Southeast Asia Tour:
1. Know the Dates
The TOP100 search for the best startup in Asia kicks off in South-East Asia, beginning with:
- Singapore on March 10
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 14
- Bangkok, Thailand on March 16
- Hanoi, Vietnam on March 18
- Manila, Philippines on March 21
Startups, get practicing and put your best pitch forward!
2. Who are the Judges
Ever wanted to meet the biggest names from the biggest investors in the region? Well wait no more, because TOP100 is bringing judges such as Vishal Harnal from 500 Startups, Takashi Sano from GlobalBrain, Monica Tsai from Singtel Innov8, Vinnie Lauria from Golden Gate Ventures, Jonathan Lee from MaGIC, and many more. Come tap on their vast experience and glean on their wisdom to ensure you stay on top of the competition this year.
Learn more about each regional tour stop here.
3. What the Selection Criteria is
This year’s judging criteria is broken down into 4 main areas:
- The Problem and its Solution
- The Market
- Revenue Model
Based on the number of applications we have received this year, TOP100 2016 is lining up to be an event that startups and investors alike are eagerly looking forward to. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to let investors and fellow startups know that you mean serious business. Submissions end Feb 21, 2016 – it is not too late for you to sign up here today!