BANGKOK, Thailand - Echelon Thailand 2017, the biggest tech conference to be held in Thailand is breaking the ASEAN boundaries by bringing in the best start-ups and large business companies together from the Southeast Asia region. This year, the tech market is hungry for innovation, and Echelon has once again included Thailand into the fold, continuing to build and integrate the Southeast Asian market together.
"There is much renewed interest in the Thailand market due to Chinese investors and involvement in creating and pushing for innovation. Together, we are starting to see interesting startups being created that makes better sense for the Southeast Asia market rather than purely for the Thailand market," said Thaddeus Koh, Co-Founder, e27.
Thailand is seeing a growth in the start-up scene with this year's support from National Innovation Agency (NIA), that has a vision to develop Thailand as an "ASEAN Start-up Hub", spending Bt1.2 billion this year on driving the start-up ecosystem nationwide. The National Innovation Agency was established by the Ministry of Science and Technology and is an autonomous agency to facilitate innovation development in Thailand.
According to NIA director Pun-Arj Chairatana, the purpose behind developing the country as an ASEAN Start-up Hub is to create branding that will act as a springboard for broader start-up hub status in the region. Echelon is one of the platforms that NIA has decided to partner with to jump start the innovative program, with start-up hubs being a major player in transforming the ASEAN region into a modern, digital society.
Echelon Thailand is organised by e27, a digital insight, connections, talent and funding platform and power-packed two- day conference set to empower entrepreneurs with the tools to build and grow their companies across Southeast Asia and beyond. The conference is held on 15-16 May at C asean, and is set to host over 1,500 attendees consisting of digital professionals, students, startup founders, investors and corporate representatives from over 20 countries. e27 is supported by National Innovation Agency (NIA), GoodShift Ventures, InVent, Krungsri Finnovate, 500 Startups, Techstars and many more.
"The platform (e27.co) that we have created for our e27 community gives rise to value creation and business matching opportunity throughout the entire year. Also with NIA coming into the scene, we see huge support from the various governments in the region to push for innovation and technology adoption for the corporates and SMEs," Thaddeus added.
To cater to a diverse crowd, the venue will be divided into four different spaces to explore:
Speakers will and content Highlights will include:
Insights: Over 70 speakers from Thailand, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Japan, and more, including
Connections: Tracks powered by GoodShift Ventures, TechStars, and 500 Startups who will connect you globally to over 15,000 founders and investors.