These are just a few of the amazing community builders growing the region’s startup ecosystem.
Having run Echelon TOP100 in its many forms for 4 years now, we’re always heartened to work with the region’s community and and industry leaders.
As we scour Asia Pacific to find the hidden startup gems and and promising young founders, these partners are the ones who have helped to make the programme possible, and some of the most memorable for startups – no matter where they come from.
Meet four of our community co-organisers rallying the ground in Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia:
Philippines – QBO Innovation Hub
QBO (pronounced kubo) is a partnership between tech startup accelerator Ideaspace, international grantmaker J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, and the Philippines government’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Two of the biggest challenges that Philippine startups face are securing funding and dealing with rigid government regulatory policies. QBO aims to remove these barriers by being conduit between startups and private and government entities that can provide resources. Fittingly, QBO will house and mentor Philippines startups, giving them access to a co-working space, various networking events, workshops and classes, and pitching avenues to investors and potential partners.
Thailand – CU Innovation Hub
CU Innovation Hub nurtures talents and develops innovations that transforms how Thais live, learn and play.
They are on a mission to develop creative thinking, critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills for students and employees associated with Chulalongkorn University, a public and autonomous research university in Bangkok, Thailand. Additionally, the Hub will establish and distribute innovations through research development and management, benefitting the broader economy and society.
Cambodia – Geeks in Cambodia
Geeks in Cambodia is the first online media 100% focused on startups and new technologies locally and in the region.
Co-founded by Adrianne Ravez and Yohan Brizolier, Geeks In Cambodia runs the Startup Cambodia platform, which provides “free and easy” access to the local startup ecosystem, powering its early stage growth and cementing its position in the Mekong and larger Southeast Asian ecosystem.
Myanmar – Phandeeyar
Phandeeyar (“creation place”) is an innovation lab that is spearheading the development of Myanmar’s tech ecosystem. Phandeeyar invests in local technology startups, trains new entrepreneurs and builds the pool of tech talent. Phandeeyar also helps civic and social entrepreneurs, CSOs and independent media use technology to increase their impact and runs a co-working space out of its 6000 square foot space located in the heart of downtown Yangon.
Phandeeyar was born out of Code for Change Myanmar, a series of hackathons in 2014 that highlighted the potential of Myanmar’s connectivity revolution. Since then, Phandeeyar has organised over a hundred events for thousands in the local and regional community. In 2016, Phandeeyar launched Myanmar’s first-ever tech startup Accelerator, a Makerspace for the country’s hardware hackers, and an open data platform.
And that makes the full 8! See you at the Roadshows?
Echelon TOP100 APAC 2018, 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, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar from March 6th, 2018, before taking on the rest of APAC. Startups representatives must apply before Feb 21 to join the Qualifiers for free.
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