ORIGIN by TechNode — an international conference that aims to examine the latest developments in ASEAN’s and China’s tech startup scene – is back for its second edition. It will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 21, 2019.

The event, which saw its inaugural run at SWITCH 2018, will be collaborating with the Malaysia Tech Week 2019 this year. ORIGIN will be expanding beyond the shores of Singapore to help more people around the Southeast Asia region understand why and how to get involved in this new stage of China-ASEAN development.

A conference to bridge China & Southeast Asia’s tech ecosystems

According to Tan Shi Hui, Country Manager, TechNode Global (SG), “ORIGIN aims to facilitate more interaction and cross-pollination between China and Southeast Asia’s sharing economy by bringing international industry leaders and technology-changers globally to different Southeast Asia’s cities.”

“Attendees will gain insights on the latest trends and developments in China’s vibrant tech scene and Southeast Asia’s rapid growth landscape,” she says.

Tan adds that the conference is aligned with TechNode’s vision — to be the number one platform bridging Chinese and global tech ecosystems.

“We recognize that Southeast Asia’s tech ecosystem is booming and as China’s digital economy matures, Chinese tech firms increasingly look to Southeast Asia for growth opportunities. With our Southeast Asia regional office set up in Singapore a year ago, TechNode aims to power up the bridge between Southeast Asia and China.”

The ASEAN-China Synergy

ORIGIN’s conference agenda consists of four hours worth of content uncovering insights on the latest trends and developments in China’s vibrant tech scene and Southeast Asia’s rapid growth landscape. This would include topics such as fintech, AI, e-commerce, venture investments, and micro-influencers.

The agenda boasts of a stellar line-up of household names in the Southeast Asia tech industry, such as Sharmeen Looi, Co-founder at ShopBack Malaysia; Yeoh Chen Chow, Co-Founder at Fave Group; Ng Sai Kit, Chief Executive at Captii Ventures, and Navin Danapal, SEA Director at SOSV to name a few.

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The speaker roster also includes the likes of Maggie Long, Director of Global PR & Communications at Kuaishou Technology, and Dr. Lu Gang, CEO & Founder, TechNode, to represent China’s tech scene.

Tan sums up the content strategy nicely, “Southeast Asia is about five to six years behind China; we can learn from the challenges China faced, the lessons have they learned, as well as what paths to follow.”

“One strategy for Chinese VCs is not to invest directly into Southeast Asia but rather to help their portfolio companies get into specific countries,” says Tan.

“Generally, Southeast Asian startups are open to Chinese money. We believe Southeast Asia is now in a strong position to ride this wave and also better prepare to resolve similar challenges if they surface in Southeast Asia,” she adds.

A freebie for the #e27community

At e27, we avidly support and participate in ecosystem building initiatives. These help us stay true and relevant to our mission — empowering entrepreneurs with the tools to build and grow their businesses.

Similarly, TechNode hopes to reach out to a wider community through e27, specifically those based in Malaysia to inform them about ORIGIN.

We are inviting the #e27community to gain access to ORIGIN by TechNode and other partner events happening from 19th – 21st June at  Malaysia Tech Week 2019 by submitting your request here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2FBDYSF