TIA-CONF-KL24-With-Cradle

24 - 25 July, 2024
Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Southeast Asia’s most exciting startups will battle it out in front of top-tier expert judges and a live audience. They’ll compete for global visibility, equity-free prize money, media coverage, and other exciting prizes.

Overview

What is Startup Arena?

Startup Arena is our community’s most highly anticipated event each year.

This flagship Pitch Battle invites six founders to pitch live to a panel of investors on the Conference Main Stage. Witness them take center stage, ready to revolutionize industries and shape the future of innovation.

300+
Participating startups
$50,000+
Total funds raised
7
Winners since 2017

Past winners

Handprint is Asia’s leading “regeneration-as-a-service” platform. Its mission is to regenerate the planet at scale by restoring and monitoring vital ecosystems.

Year founded: 2019
Website: https://handprint.tech

Zuno Carbon is a Singapore-based company that provides end-to-end carbon management solutions that help organizations measure, offset, and reduce emissions.

Year founded: 2020
Website: https://www.zunocarbon.com

AltoTech helps companies reduce energy consumption via its energy management platform, which is driven by the Internet of Things and AI.

Year founded: 2011
Website: https://www.altotech.ai/

Startup Arena 2023 Highlights

What attendees say

Benefits for finalists

Visibility

  • Get in front of thousands of Conference guests and investor access
  • Media coverage by Tech in Asia

Prizes

>US$250k
in cash and in-kind prizes

Prizes of Startup Arena Finalists

1st Place

US$10,000 cash
MSW Ventures industry partners office hours + 1 x SheLovesTech Conference Ticket (worth US$300)
USD 50k Juspay credits
USD 25k AWS Startup Credits*

2nd Place

US$5,000
cash
MSW Ventures industry partners office hours + 1 x SheLovesTech Conference Ticket (worth US$300)
USD 30k Juspay credits
USD 25k AWS Startup Credits*

3rd Place

US$2,500
cash
MSW Ventures industry partners office hours + 1 x SheLovesTech Conference Ticket (worth US$300)
USD 30k Juspay credits
USD 25k AWS Startup Credits*

4th-6th Place


1 x SheLovesTech Conference Ticket (worth US$300)
USD 10k Juspay credits
USD 10k AWS Startup Credits*

Judges

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Eligibility to apply

Startup Arena is open to startups that:

  • Operate in Southeast Asia
  • Have a prototype, MVP, or existing operations
  • Have raised less than US$10 million
  • Have a compelling English-language pitch explaining the problem, solution, risk, and potential that drives their business
 
Evaluation

Six applicants will be selected on the basis of:

  • Targeted problem, solution, and scalability of solution
  • Caliber of the founding team
  • Business model and ability to generate future financial returns
  • Technology and business innovation
  • Execution abilities and traction
 
Participation

Finalists will be sent full instructions and guidelines for their participation.

What attendees say

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Frequently Asked Questions

All participants will be required to apply.

To be eligible, you must:

  • have a working product that delivers an innovative tech solution.
  • have raised less than US$10 million worth of external funds.
  • have business-English proficiency.
  • be able to attend Tech in Asia Conference 2024 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 24 and 25 in person.

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