Startup Arena

6 Finalists compete on the Main Stage for prizes and global visibility


SEPTEMBER 22, 2022


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Startup Arena

5 Finalists compete on the Singapore Main Stage for cash prizes and global visibility

SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2022
SINGAPORE • Marina Bay Sands


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Tech in Asia Pitch Battle invites founders to convince a panel of judges that they are the most innovative, impactful and likeliest to succeed innovators, to earn investor access, funding, or cash prizes of up to $24,000 in total.

At the grand finale to Tech in Asia Conference 2022, five finalists will compete live on the Main Stage 22 September at Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

We’re partnering with East Ventures to find Southeast Asia’s next big name in environmental, social, and governance (ESG).

We are looking for startups that:

  • Operate in Southeast Asia
  • Must 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 drive their business

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

THE most talked-about pitch event in Asia! Any good founder 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."

Past Startup Arena Champions & Finalists


Past Startup Arena Champions & Finalists



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.


10K+ pitch views


Cash Prizes
Up to US$10,000
per finalist


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.

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?

Now! Registration will close on September 1, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.


What is the application process?

Simply apply by submitting the application form linked in the “Apply for Startup Arena” button.

Once submitted, you will then receive a confirmation email of your application, along with details of the timeline for Pitch Battle application submission, first round screening, and successful applicants will be given further details as to how they will participate as Finalists at Startup Arena.

Registration for Startup Arena closes on 1 September 2022.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and our team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Past Participants

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