How deep can you get into a country by only visiting its capital and popular tourist spots? In keeping with Echelon Thailand’s theme, which is a “deep dive” into Thailand’s startup industry, we at e27 are announcing another satellite event, to be held in the heart of Thailand’s Isaan region — the city of Khon Kaen.
With a population of slightly over 110,000 people, Khon Kaen may at first sight seem like a sleepy little town, particularly to big-city people used to squeezing inside subway systems with a million more residents. However, the otherwise unremarkable status belies its rich culture and history. For nearly a thousand years, the Isaan region was under the control of the Khmer, Angkor, and Siamese empires, with the result that cities like Khon Kaen boast a deep and rich cultural heritage.
That said, Khon Kaen is not just about traditional Thai culture and temples like the beautiful Wat Nongwang. With the Thai government designating the city as one of the major cities in Thailand’s National Economic and Social Plan, opportunities for investment certainly abound.
With this, requests from Thai entrepreneurs to make Khon Kaen an Echelon Thailand satellite have streamed in, and we at e27 are pleased to announce that we have chosen the city for Echelon Thailand’s final leg, bringing two speakers to talk about how Thai companies can expand and grow within the country and beyond.
How Wongnai was built, and how to grow your startup outside of Thailand The first keynote of Khon Kaen satellite will be by Yod Chinsupakul, CEO and Co-founder of Thai restaurant review site Wongnai. Chinsupakul will share his story about building up Wongnai, from a small review website to a company that is raising funding to expand into other consumer verticals like beauty.
The second keynote speech will be given by Tiwa York, Head Coach at Olx.co.th. With over 10 years’ management and online marketing experience in web and new media, York will share tips on how Thai startups can grow and expand to a global market.