Echelon Asia Summit 2017: Retrospective

Closing off its 8th run, Echelon Asia Summit has ended yet another successful 2-day business and tech conference in Singapore.

With this year’s theme of Deep Tech, Sustainability, and Corporate Innovation, the event kickstarted off with an opening statement by e27 Co-Founder and CEO, Mohan Belani.

In his address, he highlights that: “Back when we started e27, our vision was to live off the fact that we strongly believe that startups can make the world a better place. It might sound idealistic but if you think about the region today, it is quite hard to imagine the region without Grab, Go-Jek, or Uber. We found it hard to imagine the region without healthcare startups, or even AI companies. We strongly believe that sustainability is important, but more than that we think that founders have a deeper meaning and a deeper reason to build this company. It is not only about financial gain, but it is also got to be making the world a better place, solving really big, difficult problems that will help making basic services more accessible.”

And indeed, the summit was a clear show of this belief, with 2 different stages – Future and Content –  with a wealth of discussions on various topics in the startup scene.

In the Future Stage, which focuses on the potential and up and comings of the tech scene, here were some interesting topics that were touched on:

  • How Can Startups Scale for Global Growth, and What Does That Mean for Engineering? A presentation by Jordan Dea-Mattson, Vice President Engineering of Carousell

  • Why Edutech is next Fintech A presentation by David Kopf, Co-Founder & CTO of Remind, Rohan Pasari, Co-founder & CEO of Cialfo and Tuan Pham, Founder & CEO of  Topica Edtech Group

  • What is Key of Success for Short Video Service For Millennial Generation A presentation by Akira Morikawa, CEO of C Channel

  • Meet NAO Robot, the Highly Entertaining, Totally Programmable, Customer Service Robot A fireside by NAO, Humanoid Robot, SoftBank Robotics

As for the Create stage, the first day was dominated by the much awaited TOP100 Fight Club. In this stage, startups had the opportunity to pitch to experts in their respective fields and gain valuable feedback. These ‘Fight Club’ stages were divided into categories such as E-Commerce & Marketplaces, Mobile, Media, Gaming and FinTech.

Focusing on the e-Commerce & Marketplace category, Korean startup Komachine emerged as the winner as an online marketplace for machinery and tools used in different industries. It was founded by Charlie Park and has connected more than 40,000 machine suppliers from Korea with over 3 million global buyers.

Throughout the 2 days of this summit were networking sessions to allow players of various tech and startup scenes across Asia to mingle and form connections. Additionally, an exhibition showcase was also held with exhibitors such as Startup Bootcamp Fintech, a network of leading startup accelerators and ModeFair, an ecommerce platform that connects brands with influencers. Concluding Echelon Asia Summit 2017 was an official after party at 1-Altitude for event goers to let loose and get to know members of the regional community in a more laidback setting.

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