Event: ImpacTech Thailand Demo Day
January 18, 2017
ImpacTech Startup Accelerator
Major Sponsor: National Innovation Agency
How I learned about this event?
Many startup events in Bangkok are open to the public, many are free events, some events are cheap, (200THB) or expensive such as, the Blockchain World Conference 2017 (26,000THB). Then there are invite-only and exclusive events, why? I guess because organisers curating the audience want the right people, media, and crowd. From my experience attending startup events, it wasn't until 2017 until I started meeting investors, VC's, and media that are critical for entrepreneurs, like myself, to meet.
ImpacTech Thailand demo-day was an invite-only invite event, that I learned from Michael Waitze, of Asia Tech Podcast. In fact, last year one of the partners of ImpacTech, Kineret Karen, shared her, a great story that you can listen to HERE . Since I've elected myself to blog about the startup community in Bangkok, it has opened new doors for me because people love bloggers, I love to write, and it was quite exciting to be part of the media at this event :)
What is ImpacTech?
ImpacTech is a 3-4 month acceleration program that empowers startups that use technology and innovation way to impact a society and the economy with a focus on social startups. Headquartered in Singapore, ImpacTech has offices in Thailand and Japan, so far has incubated 50 startups, and raised $10 million.
ImpacTech Thailand demo-day was held at Glowfish co-working space in Sathorn area, that I've never been to, or heard of, but, I was really impressed with the venue. With several offices, a fitness studio (love it! so tired of co-working spaces that are man caves with their ping-pong tables and bean bags :/), and an acoustic presentation room. I talked with some startups, who were clearly passionate about their ideas to make a difference in people's lives, and talked with founders Kineret, Yoav, and Peng about ImpacTech and their vision for Thailand. ImpacTech is a real game-changer for startups and entrepreneurs that are passionate, dedicated, and focus to scale and build a competitive business in SE Asia.
Startups and pitches
"500 years ago, it was explorers like Marco Polo, Vasco de Gama, Christopher Columbus, and Hernan Cortes that changed the world...today, entrepreneurs are the new explorers."
That was the opening phrase by one of the founders as he introduced ImpacTech and their vision to empower and support the new explorers of today. Entrepreneurs are the new explorers, and when he said that, it put into perspective how critical accelerators, incubators, investor, VC's play in the role for the success of an entrepreneur. So who are some of the explorers?
A social crowed funding platform dedicated to Thailand that connects those in need with those who care. Weebon is also the first platform in Thailand to provide a one-stop shop-service for CSR departments for enterprises.
A unique online platform that connects farmers directly to consumers, offering a unique opportunity for consumers to take ownership in the agricultural products.
Enables people with visual impairment to enjoy movies with the same experience as sighted people through a movie narrator mobile application. Pannana's mission is to create an inclusive society while tapping into 3% of global population that is currently neglected.
The first online clinic for women in Thailand providing easily accessible real-time professional health consultation through VDO call, voice call, and instant text messaging.
A modern senior online community platform that bridges the gap between seniors and technology. The company provides a holistic solution that helps older adults and their family members live a more efficient, easier, and happier life.
The first online caregiver marketplace in SE Asia, allowing parents to easily connect with qualified and trustworthy nannies, whilst providing better job opportunities for women in SE Asia.
A sicocial care and emergency response network, starting with the creation of a medical (ID) database which can be accessed by scanning our QR-code medical ID bracelets that will provide crucial health information that could save lives in times of emergency.
Thoughts about the event
I stayed for the first part of the event, and watched 3 startups pitch their ideas and answer questions from the judges. I've never had to pitch in front of judges or an audience (still creating my pitch deck!) and saw this it was a great learning experience as I take my startup to the next stage. As for the winners check out ImpacTech Facebook page.
As always, thank you for reading :)