Startup founders, here’s your opportunity to impress the most renowned VCs in the region and connect with them for potential investment opportunities. The adrenaline-pumping, hotly anticipated Arena Pitch Battle at the Tech in Asia Conference provides a platform for budding startups to pitch directly to investors and get instant exposure throughout Southeast Asia.

This year, we are on the lookout for innovative startups who are tackling environmental, social, and governance issues. Your startup should look beyond the traditional bottom line, with a goal of creating sustainable impact to society or to the environment.

If that’s you, then grab this opportunity and submit your application for the Arena today!

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR

Tech in Asia and East Ventures have teamed up for this year’s Arena, with a core focus on startups that are addressing problems in the environmental, social, and governance space.

There will be three regional semifinals in Singapore, Indonesia, and the rest of Southeast Asia, culminating in a grand finale at the Tech in Asia Conference on October 13, 2021. You will have the opportunity to pitch to the region’s most prominent investors and founders and get a chance to win cash prizes, office hours with East Ventures, along with an array of perks that will give your startup a leg up over the competition.

SEMIFINALS PITCH BATTLE

Singapore semifinals

5 Videos
Overview

Organic contaminant removal is a costly, suboptimal, and inefficient endeavor. Furthermore, some existing solutions generate secondary waste.

As such, approximately 80% of the world’s wastewater is dumped – largely untreated – back into the environment.

EcoWorth Tech aims to solve that problem. The cleantech startup’s technology integrates seamlessly into the latest water remediation processes in a cost-efficient manner. It also uses biomass waste for the production of the carbon fiber aerogel technology, providing environmental benefits and waste-to-worth opportunities.

Indonesia semifinals

6 Videos
Overview

Jakarta produces more than 7,000 tons of waste every day and the city’s landfills are filling up fast as that number grows.

Magalarva’s founders found a solution to that problem: black soldier flies. The insect’s larva is one of the fastest decomposers of organic waste. On top of that, these young insects are rich in nutrients like essential proteins, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, which makes them a solution to another major problem: protein scarcity.

With the help of these flies, Magalarva aims to produce sustainable, high-quality animal feed while also reducing the amount of organic waste that is dumped in landfills all over Indonesia.

Overview

Every year, up to 1 million people and over 100,000 sea animals die because of plastic pollution. On top of that, 50% of plastic is designed to only be used once. If nothing is done, the world will soon reach a point of irreversible environmental damage by 2027.

Although governments across the world have imposed sweeping bans on single-use plastics, they haven’t had much of an impact on reducing plastic waste. That’s where Equo comes in. The 100% sustainable brand provides plastic-free, compostable, and convenient solutions to replace everyday single-use plastic items. Its straws, for instance, are made using grass, rice, sugarcane, coconut, and coffee.

APPLICATION CRITERIA
  • Operates in Southeast Asia
  • Raised less than US$3 million worth of external funds
  • Has an English-language pitch
  • Has a working prototype showcasing a solution that addresses environmental, social, and governance issues. Areas include but are not limited to the following:
Renewable energy
Clean / Green tech
Digital inclusion
(financial inclusion, societal inclusion)
Decarbonisation
Waste management
Healthcare
Food security
Circular economy
Battery technologies
Social / Corporate governance
WHAT YOU’LL GET IF YOU WIN
  • A two-day virtual exhibition booth at Tech in Asia Conference (October 12-13)
  • Two passes to Tech in Asia Conference 2021 (October 12-14), which gives you access to all conference segments
  • Post-event video access to all sessions
  • Office hours with East Ventures
  • Complimentary 2-month trial to App Annie Lite
  • Up to US$10,000 of Xendit credits

(and more!)

PRIZES
WIN PRIZES WORTH
> US$ 24,500
(to be distributed among semi-finalists and grand winner)
1ST WINNER
App Annie’s Eligibility Guidelines
App Annie reserves the right to grant or deny an organization’s or an individual’s application or participation at any time, for any reason, and to reasonably supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time without notice.About App Annie’s Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for these prizes, participants must:
  • Not be a current customer of App Annie
  • Not be a competitor of App Annie,
  • Not use a free email address (@gmail, @yahoo, etc)
  • Not be a public company or owned by a public company
  • Not be located in a country on the (OFAC) list which ​​currently includes the Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe.
  • Not be debarred by any domestic or international governmental or regulatory organization.
  • Complimentary 2-month trial to App Annie Intelligence Lite ℹ️
  • new xendit customer
  • fee waiver is valid for 6 months and comes with a 1 year exclusive promo
  • Xendit fee waiver (credit) of US$10,000 ℹ️
  • Tech in Asia Conference 2021 Virtual benefits:
    • A two-day virtual exhibition booth at Tech in Asia Conference (October 12-13)
    • Two passes to Tech in Asia Conference 2021 (October 12-14), which gives you access to all conference segments
    • Post-event video access to all sessions
US$ 10,000
US$ 5,000
App Annie’s Eligibility Guidelines
App Annie reserves the right to grant or deny an organization’s or an individual’s application or participation at any time, for any reason, and to reasonably supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time without notice.About App Annie’s Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for these prizes, participants must:
  • Not be a current customer of App Annie
  • Not be a competitor of App Annie,
  • Not use a free email address (@gmail, @yahoo, etc)
  • Not be a public company or owned by a public company
  • Not be located in a country on the (OFAC) list which ​​currently includes the Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe.
  • Not be debarred by any domestic or international governmental or regulatory organization.
  • Complimentary 2-month trial to App Annie Intelligence Lite ℹ️
  • new xendit customer
  • fee waiver is valid for 6 months and comes with a 1 year exclusive promo
  • Xendit fee waiver (credit) of US$5,000 ℹ️
  • Tech in Asia Conference 2021 Virtual benefits:
    • A two-day virtual exhibition booth at Tech in Asia Conference (October 12-13)
    • Two passes to Tech in Asia Conference 2021 (October 12-14), which gives you access to all conference segments
    • Post-event video access to all sessions
US$ 2,000
App Annie’s Eligibility Guidelines
App Annie reserves the right to grant or deny an organization’s or an individual’s application or participation at any time, for any reason, and to reasonably supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time without notice.About App Annie’s Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for these prizes, participants must:
  • Not be a current customer of App Annie
  • Not be a competitor of App Annie,
  • Not use a free email address (@gmail, @yahoo, etc)
  • Not be a public company or owned by a public company
  • Not be located in a country on the (OFAC) list which ​​currently includes the Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe.
  • Not be debarred by any domestic or international governmental or regulatory organization.
  • Complimentary 2-month trial to App Annie Intelligence Lite ℹ️
  • new xendit customer
  • fee waiver is valid for 6 months and comes with a 1 year exclusive promo
  • Xendit fee waiver (credit) of US$2,500 ℹ️
  • Tech in Asia Conference 2021 Virtual benefits:
    • A two-day virtual exhibition booth at Tech in Asia Conference (October 12-13)
    • Two passes to Tech in Asia Conference 2021 (October 12-14), which gives you access to all conference segments
    • Post-event video access to all sessions
@ US$ 2,500
App Annie’s Eligibility Guidelines
App Annie reserves the right to grant or deny an organization’s or an individual’s application or participation at any time, for any reason, and to reasonably supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time without notice.About App Annie’s Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for these prizes, participants must:
  • Not be a current customer of App Annie
  • Not be a competitor of App Annie,
  • Not use a free email address (@gmail, @yahoo, etc)
  • Not be a public company or owned by a public company
  • Not be located in a country on the (OFAC) list which ​​currently includes the Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe.
  • Not be debarred by any domestic or international governmental or regulatory organization.
  • Complimentary 1-week trial to App Annie Intelligence Lite ℹ️
  • Tech in Asia Conference 2021 Virtual benefits:
    • A two-day virtual exhibition booth at Tech in Asia Conference (October 12-13)
    • Two passes to Tech in Asia Conference 2021 (October 12-14), which gives you access to all conference segments
    • Post-event video access to all sessions
ALL REGIONAL FINALISTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR
  • 8 finalist will receive Google Cloud Startup Credit of $4000 + Technical Enablement Session through Google Cloud Startup Office Hour + Engagement with Startup Success Manager
  • new xendit customer
  • fee waiver is valid for 6 months and comes with a 1 year exclusive promo
  • Xendit fee waiver (credit) of US$1,000 ℹ️
ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR

Program : Rp.50,000 cashrewards from digibank 
Program mechanism :

  1. Eligible for customer with coverage area Medan, Jabodetabek, Bandung, Semarang, Jogjakarta and Surabaya
  2. Eligible for customers register and participate in Tech in Asia Start-up Arena
  3. Sign-up Link https://go.dbs.com/id-lmsdigi
  4. Use promo code Community
  5. Customers must finish the account opening within 7 days
  6. Cash rewards will be  credited in the next following month
  7. Sign up data from the events will be validated or match with the Leads list
  8.  For further information please contact https://linktr.ee/BankDBSIndonesia
  • digibank by DBS cashrewards ℹ️

The intensive business development classes valid for:
    a. start-ups which operates business in Indonesia
    b. start-ups which having clear social mission and impact
    c. having a good team and proven track record
    d. having clear business model
    e. Already applied for business license in Indonesia (TDP, SIUP, NPWP)

  • Enrolment into DBS intensive class for startups ℹ️
  • Google Cloud:
    • Enrolment into Google Cloud Startup Program
    • US$2,000 in startup credits
    • Access to events and global community of startups and experts
    • Access to technical training resources
    • Additional credits and support

* (Only for selected ID startups)

  • Fore Coffee discount voucher for company’s employees ℹ️
Prizes & perks partners
HOW TO JOIN?
SEND IN YOUR APPLICATION

We’re scouting for innovative startups across Southeast Asia who are solving environmental, social, and governance issues to pitch at our semifinals and finale at the Tech in Asia Conference 2021.

Apply to be part of the Arena Pitch Battle here before:

  • For Singapore applicants: August 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM GMT+8
  • For all other applicants: September 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM GMT +8
STEP 1
SEND IN YOUR APPLICATION

We’re scouting for innovative startups across Southeast Asia who are solving environmental, social, and governance issues to pitch at our semifinals and finale at the Tech in Asia Conference 2021.

Apply to be part of the Arena Pitch Battle here before:

  • For Singapore applicants: August 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM GMT+8
  • For all other applicants: September 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM GMT +8
STEP 2
ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION

From the submissions, we’ll shortlist six promising startups from Singapore, Indonesia, and the rest of Southeast Asia to pitch live at each semifinal on a virtual stage.

💡 The selected startups will be given time and space to practice their presentations – with our help, of course – because a good demo is a must. Our Arena training will be held virtually.

STEP 3
SEMIFINAL PITCH BATTLE

All semifinalists will pitch live on a virtual stage to an audience and a panel of judges that includes a prominent investor and founder in the region. This will be followed by a Q&A segment. To succeed, the semifinalists have to impress the judges with their demonstration of ideas, insights, and market knowledge.

📅 The semifinals will take place on the following dates:

SINGAPORE
September 8, 2021
INDONESIA
September 15, 2021
OTHER SEA
September 22, 2021
STEP 4
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS

A total of eight startups will be picked as finalists for the ultimate pitch battle on October 13 at the Tech in Asia Conference 2021.

💡 Tech in Asia will help ensure that all finalists will be ready to impress at the final pitch battle. 

STEP 5
FINAL PITCH BATTLE
OCTOBER 21 -22 , 2020

It’s the big day! All finalists will pitch live on the second day of Tech in Asia Conference 2021. The Arena champion will get to build their legacy and pocket a sweet cash prize.

ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION

From the submissions, we’ll shortlist six promising startups from Singapore, Indonesia, and the rest of Southeast Asia to pitch live at each semifinal on a virtual stage.

💡 The selected startups will be given time and space to practice their presentations – with our help, of course – because a good demo is a must. Our Arena training will be held virtually.

SEMIFINAL PITCH BATTLE

All semifinalists will pitch live on a virtual stage to an audience and a panel of judges that includes a prominent investor and founder in the region. This will be followed by a Q&A segment. To succeed, the semifinalists have to impress the judges with their demonstration of ideas, insights, and market knowledge.

📅 The semifinals will take place on the following dates:

SINGAPORE
September 8, 2021
INDONESIA
September 15, 2021
OTHER SEA
September 22, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS

A total of eight startups will be picked as finalists for the ultimate pitch battle on October 13 at the Tech in Asia Conference 2021.

💡 Tech in Asia will help ensure that all finalists will be ready to impress at the final pitch battle. 

FINAL PITCH BATTLE
OCTOBER 13 , 2020

It’s the big day! All finalists will pitch live on the second day of Tech in Asia Conference 2021. The Arena champion will get to build their legacy and pocket a sweet cash prize.

MEET OUR JUDGES

Willson Cuaca

Co-founder and Managing Partner,
East Ventures

Melisa Irene

Partner, East Ventures

Winnie Khoo

Partner, Antler

Kabir Narang

Founding General Partner,
B Capital Singapore Pte Ltd

Praveen Tekchandani

Partner, EY

Santanu Mitra

Managing Director and Group Head of Digital Economy Group, DBS

Erline Diani

SVP Head of digibank Business Growth, PT Bank DBS Indonesia

Hsu Ken Ooi

Managing Partner, Iterative

Ongki Saputra

VP, Business Operations & COO Office, Traveloka

Devina Halim

VP of Investment, East Ventures

Zhengyi Zhu

Senior Investment Associate,
East Ventures

Benjamin Pippin

Channel Director,
Big Idea Ventures
FAQs

Who can apply for the Arena?

Your startup must have:

  • A working prototype showcasing a solution
  • Your startup’s solution should address environmental, social, and governance issues
  • Raised less than US$3 million worth of external funds
  • Proven traction with a strong team
  • An English-language pitch

 

I was once an Arena finalist. Can I participate again this year?

We really appreciate your interest. However, we want to maximize the limited slots by giving other startups a chance. 

 

What language must I use for the pitch?

Your pitch must be in English.

 

How much do I need to pay to join the Arena?

Participation in the Arena is free of charge. 

The Tech in Asia (TIA) Conference is the premier gathering of tech and startup companies in Asia. Hosted annually, the conference brings together the most influential founders, investors, and leaders of Asia’s tech community. Past speakers include Anthony Tan (Grab), Takeshi Idezawa (Line), Eduardo Saverin (Facebook and B Capital), Ben Horowitz (a16z), William Tanuwijaya (Tokopedia), and Helen Wong (Qiming Venture Partners).

East Ventures is a pioneering sector-agnostic venture capital firm in Indonesia. Founded in 2009, East Ventures has transformed into a holistic platform that provides multi-stage investment, including Seed and Growth for over 190 companies in Southeast Asia.

An early believer in the startup ecosystem in Indonesia, East Ventures is the first investor of Indonesia’s unicorn companies, namely Tokopedia and Traveloka. Other notable companies in the portfolio include Ruangguru, Warung Pintar, Kudo (acquired by Grab), Loket (acquired by Gojek), Tech in Asia, Xendit, IDN Media, MokaPOS (acquired by Gojek), ShopBack, KoinWorks, Waresix, and Sociolla.

East Ventures was named the most consistent top performing VC fund globally by Preqin, and the most active investor in SEA and Indonesia.

Learn more: http://east.vc

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