Every year around this time, Tech in Asia will hold its flagship regional conference in the city-state. Our conferences usually attract more than 1000 attendees, many of whom are startups, investors, and corporate representatives. It is our mission to help entrepreneurs better engage with investors, potential users, and partners at our events, and hence we’ve launched a couple of new initiatives for this upcoming event. The new initiatives, hopefully, will create a fresh and fun experience for the attendees.
Besides our usual programming such as fireside chats, Startup Arena, startup exhibitons, and a hackathon, we’ll be holding three new initiatives that attendees should look out for when they join us in six weeks’ time:
1. Startup-Investor Speed Dating
Investors are elusive creatures, especially in a crowded conference hall where it’s difficult to spot the people you’re looking for. We hope to solve problem this by allocating hourly time slots for investors to be at our pavilion. Startups can then queue and meet the investors they are keen to chat with. We tried this last year in Jakarta and it was extremely well-received. A total of 24 investors participated and total of 336 pitches were made during the two conference days. The schedule for our speed dating sessions can be found here.
2. Meet the Bloggers
Startups sometimes find it tough to get an interview and receive coverage from journalists. As a result, we are replicating the success in our Startup-Investor Speed Dating in our “Meet the Bloggers” session. Tech in Asia editors and writers will be stationed at a booth during the given time slots and startups can pitch to them. More details can be found here.
3. Market Expansion Tracks (MET)
Southeast Asia is a highly fragmented region – each country itself can contain multiple languages and cultures. Startups interested in expanding overseas will need more than just a good product to win in each country; they need a network, knowledge, and insights in order to to find business partners and localize products to suit to local needs. In this coming conference, we are holding country-specific breakout tracks for Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. Native experts from each of these regions will be invited to share their knowledge with startups keen to move into new markets. You can find out more about our Market Expansion Tracks (MET) here.
Today marks the last day of our 15% early bird discount. Startups interested in joining the conference can find out more and sign up here. We look forward to having you with us!
Here is a video of Startup Asia Singapore 2013: