Tech In Asia (TIA) Jakarta 2017: A Retrospective

Tech In Asia Jakarta 2017 happened from November 1 to 2 at the Jakarta Convention Center and it surely proved to be a jam-packed course of events for those who attended! Being the sixth edition of the event, it naturally hosted a massive 5,579 like-minded individuals, spanning from investors, developers, industry experts and other members of the tech community.

Over the two days, participants had plenty of opportunities to gain great insights from the sessions available.

Bootstrap Alley saw the presence of over 308 unique, up-and-coming exhibiting startups; both local and from countries all over the world, such as Singapore, South Korea, UK, USA and many more. Furthermore, it was observed that the top 5 categories these startups revolved around were E-Commerce, Fintech, SAAS, Lifestyle and Education.

Moving on to Startup-Investor Speed Dating, the flagship activity had the participation of 53 investors and over 350 startups, who were given the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas in only 7 minutes with the hopes of clinching an investment deal from the participating investors.

The Arena Startup Pitch Battle, where top startups from the Asian region get the chance to pitch on the TIA conference stage, allowed those participating to get instant exposure to hundreds of investors, international media, and potential customers. Ultimately, an Indonesian logistics startup that helps businesses ship cross-border called Andalin won the top prize of SGD$5,000. Following behind in second place and third place respectively was GY Networks from South Korea, which works on computer vision projects, and SpotDraft from India, which generates documents like contracts and invoices.

However, amongst the plethora of interesting activities, the activity that proved to be the most intriguing was the Main Stage. Here, participants could be part of a round of panel discussions and pick at the brains of industry leaders to sieve out valuable insights and their expert thoughts. During these discussions, Lazada took to the stage to share about the three Cs it focuses on to win over the Southeast Asia market, while Bukalapak share about their competitive edge over other foreign e-commerce businesses around.

With that, TIA Jakarta came to a close on a successful high and we definitely cannot wait for the next round of TIA events in the coming year, starting off with TIA Singapore on 15 to 16 May 2018! For more information on other details of TIA Jakarta or to sign up for an early bird discount for TIA Singapore 2018, visit this link here. For other Tech In Asia- related updates, you can head down to their website or Facebook Page.