Create @ Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest: A Global Competition That Welcomes Cambodian Startups

Calling all companies and organizations that have developed innovative products, applications, and solutions in the new technology field of AI, cyber security, digital services, immersive media and IoT – it’s your time to put your creative ideas to the test at the Create @ Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest (CACSC)!

First held in 2015, CACSC is a series of contests for global tech entrepreneurs sponsored by the distinguished Alibaba Group’s Alibaba Innovation Center (AIC). This competition is also a collaboration of world famous media outlets, venture capital investors, and top-level partners from around the world, which also means – a ton of exposure to an international audience.

But before one goes against their global competitors, startups must first apply for the ASEAN division contest where all regional players from ASEAN are welcomed. The finals of this ASEAN Division contest will be held on 20 July at WORQ, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where entrepreneurs from all over ASEAN will come together to present their ideas and compete for the grand title of the ASEAN Division Contest.

From there, the top 2 winners will receive a round-trip ticket to the 2017 CACSC Final in Shanghai, China, along with sponsored food and accommodation. This trip to Shanghai will happen over the course of 10th to October to 16th October, with a stop in Hangzhou in between.

1st place pitch winners will also receive preferential access to Alibaba Group’s first round of investment interviews and recommendations, opportunities to be trained on scaling businesses successfully before the World Championship Finals, and direct access to well-known investors in China.

Excitingly, that’s not all! In addition to the stellar opportunities, the ASEAN champ will also attain 50,000 USD Alibaba Cloud International Credits, exposure to ASEAN and global VCs along with benefits such as: 12 months office space at Malaysia’s premier digital hub, 1,000 USD meeting room and event space credits, access to WORQ mentors, partners, investors, key eco-system players and events in Malaysia.

Trust us when we say these benefits we presented are only the tip of the iceberg, there are more that awaits you if you advance to the world championship and make it out tops. For one, you will be presented an invite to the 2018 Computing Conference Hangzhou Summit, where 60,000 entrepreneurs and developers from around the world will showcase their innovations.

To be a part of this opportunity-filled contest, your startup must first fulfil the following criteria:

1. Companies/Organisations must have developed innovative products, applications or solutions in these tech domains:

  • Artifical Intelligence (AI) / Big Data
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Services
  • Immersive Media (Augmented Reality [AR] or Virtual Reality [VR])
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

2. Company’s country of registration is within ASEAN

3. Officially registered as a company for no more than 5 years

4. Not yet a publicly listed company

5. Annual revenue is less than 500,000 USD

6. Have a clear business model, innovative products, and a good potential to grow

7. Have not participated in Alibaba Cloud Startup Program before.

If you said ‘yes’ to all of the above, then what’s stopping you from signing up now? Registration closes on the 7th of July, so download the form now at and upon completion, email it to

For more information on this event, please visit their cool website:

Geeks in Cambodia definitely feels that this is not a competition that should be missed as it gives you the chance to meet like-minded players of the field, expose your ideas to a wide audience, and to get an eye-opening view on other countries’ tech scene.

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