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Tech entrepeneurs rejoice: Echelon Thailand comes to Phuket

The largest technology startup competition in Asia is coming to Phuket when the Echelon Thailand Phuket Satellite 2014 event heads to Prince of Songkla University on Saturday, August 16.

By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Friday 8 August 2014, 09:43AM

The event is part of a three-city competition in which hundreds of entrepeneurs with dreams of starting their own business in the technology sector fight to get the attention of some of the top investors in Asia. Echelon has originally taken place in Singapore every year, with top startups from satellite competitions across 11 Asian countries showcasing their wares and making pitches.

This year is the first time Thailand will take part in their own Echelon event, taking place September 18 to 19 in Bangkok. In the lead up to the big show, the top five startups from each of the three August satellite events scheduled in Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok will be invited to the final in September.

Earlier this year, over 1,700 delegates from different tech ecosystems around the world participated in the Echelon 2014 event in Singapore. Additionally, 180 pitches were made while over 600 investors and corporate decision makers sourced the event for possible talent and potential startups.

In addition to making pitches, Echelon Thailand 2014 will become one of the largest networking events for the tech startup community within the Kingdom.


“We knew the time was right to bring the brand and event format outside of Singapore, so as to cast a bigger international spotlight in other SEA markets,” said Mohan Belani, CEO and Co-Founder of e27, the organisers of the event.

“Echelon has always been a well-respected brand to startups, investors and sponsors, and we want to take that success and branding to work with local partners and communities to build their ecosystems,” he added.

While the deadline for submssions has already passed, organisers are still considering potential startups to enter the competition on a case-by-case basis. Entrepeneurs who wish to participate can enter by visiting or email

The Phuket satellite event will take place on August 16, starting at 2pm, at the Theater in Building 5 of Prince of Songkla University Phuket Campus in Kathu. Entry is free.



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