Event: A Conversation Pariwat Wongsamran
Organizer: Startup Grind Bangkok
Venue: Learn Hub (BTS Siam)
Speaker:Pariwat Wongsamran, Project Manager,
National Innovation Agency (NIA)
Moderator: Chawisa (Wendy) Chen,
Thailand Startup Association
Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
How I learned about this event
I go to many networking events, not only because I'm a sociable person, but because I like to write and share my experience and knowledge of the BKK startup ecosystem. If you read my last post about Startup Grind Bangkok with aCommerce founder Paul Sivorakul you may know that I'm already familiar with Startup Grind from my time living in Israel, and since attending that first Bangkok Startup Grind event in December, I would be back for the next talk. What I didn't anticipate from this talk was the venue of choice, Learn Hub, a co-working space that I was immediately impressed with, and convenient location (right near BTS Siam), cozy atmosphere, built-in cafe, spacious rooms, and friendly staff.
People at the event
Power couple Pau Ark and Nichapat Ark, the Chapter Director and organiser of Startup Grind Bangkok were there to greet attendees, encourage all to socialise and connect, and gave a warm introduction of the moderator, Chawisa (Wendy) Chen, Thailand Startup Association and speaker, Pariwat Wongsamran, Project Manager of the NIA . During the networking session I met entrepreneurs, investors, a bank worker, and many other interesting people that came to hear a very interesting perspective of the NIA's role in developing Thailand's startup ecosystem.
Key take aways of the talk
National Innovation Agency (NIA) of Thailand has a vision to develop innovation in Thailand by being the "invisible hand" non-governmental hand to help SME's, startups, and corporations.
Challenges for the Thailand ecosystem include: language, culture, and education
To further develop the startup ecosystem: it wants to help create jobs for the future, help local entrepreneurs, attract foreign entrepreneurs (and make it easier for them to build their startup in Thailand), and collaborate with other international startup hubs.
Overall, it was a great event, and I look forward to attending the next Startup Grind Bangkok :)