Retrospective: Echelon Asia Summit 2016

The Echelon Asia Summit, Asia’s premier technology and business event celebrating the brightest technology and digital innovations in Asia, saw over 4,000 delegates from more than 14 countries.

Held on June 15 and 16 at the Singapore Expo, the fifth edition of the Echelon Asia Summit hosted over 200 exhibitors, including startup and Fintech companies. A total of 14 community delegations representing countries such as Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan were also present among the exhibiting startups at the event.

Renowned industry speakers spoke at the event’s three stages – the Future Stage, Build/Reach Stage, and the Create Stage. These stages were reflective of the growing phases of startups and were catered to meet their different needs. Some of these speakers and speeches included The Startup Exit Plan: How to Finish Big, led by Andy Tai, Head of Media & Technology SEA at Goldman Sachs, and Chris Tran, Executive Director of North Ridge Partners. Kell Jay Lim, Country Head of Singapore Grab, also took centre stage with his Disrupt or Be Disrupted speech.

One of the highlights of the Echelon Asia Summit was the Top 100 Startup Search, a competition where 16 startups were chosen from 14-city regional qualifying rounds. Apart from an audience of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, these curated startups pitched to a panel of judges from leading venture capital firms such as Global Brain, Incubate Fund, Vertex Ventures, Walden International and Venturra Capital.

The winner that emerged from the TOP 100 Startup Search was Softinn, a tech travel startup focused on Vacation House Host solutions. They power hotels, vacation houses, homestays and small theme parks across the country, contributing to the sales for their hotel clients while providing quality travel experiences. Based in Malaysia, Softinn won the Echelon Asia Summit grand prize of the ‘Platinum Pass’. They will be granted access to all Southeast Asian Echelon conferences for a year, and personal introductions to potential investors and partners for the next three months.

Simgo, an Israel and Singapore based startup offering cloud-based SIM cards for mobile devices, also emerged victorious at the startup search. Presented by the Institute of Information Industry in Taiwan, Simgo received a trip to Taipei, where they will be given the chance to exhibit and pitch at the IDEAS Show with representatives of APEC member countries.

With a 60% increase in attendance in this year’s event, the fifth Echelon Asia Summit concluded with a new milestone. Thaddeus Koh, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of e27, said: “We are delighted to see the fifth edition of the Echelon Asia Summit doing extraordinarily well with much support from our partners, startups, investors and visitors. We are already looking forward to hosting next year’s edition with a new theme and programming that will weave the diverse Asian startup ecosystem into a stronger community.”