Startup Arena

6 ESG startups compete for global visibility, prizes, cash and investor access

SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2022
SINGAPORE • Marina Bay Sands
VIRTUAL

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ESG startups– this is your chance to win over $225k in cash and in-kind prizes, gain awareness in front of thousands of viewers, and pitch to East Ventures, GGV, and more!

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

This flagship Pitch Battle invites just six founders to pitch live to a panel of investors on the Conference Main Stage. Tell us about your game-changing innovation in the ESG and build your startup’s story!

The ultimate opportunity for startups to win big at Tech in Asia Conference

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

This flagship Pitch Battle invites just five founders to pitch live to a panel of investors on the Conference Main Stage, to get in front of thousands of online and in-person tech stakeholders, win cash prizes, and gain investor access.

Relevant startup focus areas include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Renewable energy
  • Digital inclusion (financial and societal inclusion)
  • Waste management
  • Food security / agritech
  • Battery technologies
  • Cleantech, greentech or decarbonization
  • Healthtech
  • Edtech
  • Social or corporate governance

Finalists will be evaluated
based on:

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

How Startup Arena works

We’re partnering with East Ventures to find Southeast Asia’s next big name in environmental, social, and governance (ESG). Applicants who make it to Startup Arena will be given 10 minutes to convince a panel of judges that they are the most innovative, impactful and likeliest to succeed among the finalists.

Application

Application closed.

Startup Arena supports startups that:

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

Eligibility

Our judges are looking for startups focused on areas including, but not limited to:

  • Digital inclusion
  • Financial inclusion
  • Food security / agritech
  • Renewable energy
  • Mobility / Battery technologies
  • Clean / Green tech / Decarbonisation
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Circular economy / waste management

Evaluation

Six applicants will be selected on the basis of:

  • Targeted problem, solution, and scalability of solution
  • Sustainable impact on society and environment
  • 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 at Marina Bay Sands on 22 September
  • Finalists who are based outside of Singapore will receive a US$1K stipend for travel and accommodation

Don't miss this grand finale for Tech in Asia Conference!

Founders take the stage, to get in front of the thousands of Tech in Asia Conference participants.

Startup Arena is a prized platform to pitch directly to investors and to build awareness across Asia’s ecosystem of tech founders, investors, corporate leaders and talents.

Visibility

Get in front of thousands of Tech in Asia Conference guests, in-person and online

Investor Access

Get the chance to interact with your investor judges, in person:

Willson Cuaca

Co-founder and Managing Partner
East Ventures

Dimitra Taslim

Vice President
GGV Capital

Tanah Sullivan

Group Head of Sustainability
GoTo

Edward Prawira Judokusumo

Principal
SMDV

Prizes

US$225k

in cash and in-kind prizes

Prizes of Startup Arena Finalists

1st Place

US$10,000 Cash

US$50K Xendit Credit

10x 50% off Fuse Motor Vehicle Insurance, and 1x 25% off Fuse Health Insurance Voucher

1 x Morning Machine

2nd Place

US$5,000 Cash

US$25K Xendit Credit

10x 47.5% off Fuse Motor Vehicle Insurance, and 1x 20% off Fuse Health Insurance Voucher

1 x Morning Machine

3rd Place

US$2,500 Cash

US$10K Xendit Credit

10x 45% off Fuse Motor Vehicle Insurance, and 1x 15% off Fuse Health Insurance Voucher

4-6 Place

US$5K Xendit Credit

10x 42.5% off Fuse Motor Vehicle Insurance, and 1 x 12.5% off Fuse Health Insurance Voucher

All Finalists

– US$25K AWS credits
– 1x Wizly Expert Office Hours consultation session
– 1x Cariuma eco-friendly shoes and backpack set
– 1x Tech in Asia Conference Startup Factory exhibition booth
– 2 x Tech in Asia Conference General Pass tickets

All Eligible Applicants

– Up to US$10K AWS credits
– US$1K Xendit credits
– 10x 40% off Fuse Motor Vehicle Insurance Voucher, and 1x 10% Health Insurance Voucher

Visibility

Get in front of thousands of Tech in Asia Conference guests, in-person and online

Prizes

US$225k
in cash and in-kind prizes

Investor Access

Yinwei Liang

 Principal East
Ventures

Dimitra Taslim

Principal
GGV Capital

Tanah Sullivan

Group Head of Sustainability
GoTo

Edward Prawira Judokusumo

Principal
SMDV

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THE most talked-about pitch event in Asia! Any good founders shouldn't miss the opportunity to mingle and pitch... "

We are now in the advanced stage of confirmation for potential investment and collaboration. Thank you, Tech in Asia!"

Well organized and had seamless engagement from pre-event to post-event."

What are the eligibility criteria?

Founder participants must:

  • submit a 3 mins introduction video (instructions will be sent along with the application form)
  • have a working digital product, that delivers an innovative tech solution
  • have raised less than US$10 million worth of external funds
  • have business-English proficiency

 

When can I apply?

Application closed.

 

What is the application process?

Submit the application form as soon as possible.

Successful applicants will be notified by week 5 September, and given guidelines for participation at Marina Bay Sands on 22 September.

We will work with applicants who are not based in Singapore to help them join in-person, with up to US$1K financial support.

Additionally, accepted applicants will receive complimentary General Pass and Startup Factory Exhibition Kit tickets!

Founders take the stage, to get in front of the thousands of Tech in Asia Conference participants.

Startup Arena is a prized platform to pitch directly to investors and to build awareness across Asia’s ecosystem of tech founders, investors, corporate leaders and talents.

1

Visibility
10K+ pitch views

2

Cash Prizes
Up to US$10,000
per finalist

3

Bespoke Support
Thousands of dollars in credits

Here are some important figures about our annual Startup Arena finalists over the past 10 years

105 finalists

56 funded startups

92 operational startups

2 exits

Raised capital figure excludes funds raised from 13 finalists.

Past Participants

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Dr. Janil Puthucheary concurrently holds the appointment of Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Health of Singapore. Dr. Janil Puthucheary became a Member of Parliament (MP) in 2011 and previously held appointments as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Education (2017 – 2018) and the Ministry of Transport (2018 – 2020).

Prior to politics, he was a Senior Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Department Head for Paediatric Specialties in the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and was also an Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

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