Echelon 2014 has again proved that its concept of Satellite events happening before the grand finale in Singapore is the best way to get credible startups on stage.

After 3 months roaming the Asia-Pacific region with 10 competitions to get the best of fast-growing countries (Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam), the e27 team did a final selection of 10 top startups to watch out.

Taamkru (e-learning), Ambiclimate (energy) and iChef (F&B) are Echelon 2014 top startups

You can find here the full video coverage of the pitches of all 10 startups including:

  • The winner (aka “South-East Asia’s most promising startup”) Taamkru, an education app from Thailand which plays on the shame of Tiger mothers who want to benchmark their kids’ performance. Yes, the game makes it fun to learn, and yes, it’s an incredibly Asian behavior it’s mimicking in a high-tech way. Congrats for an amazing stage performance as well


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  • The People’s Choice Awards (by popular vote on a dedicated app) went to AmbiClimate, an internet of things hardware item made in Hong Kong which learns from you and me to adapt the air-con flow, solving again a very Asian issue. Since I’ve met Julian and his team, I can’t touch the remote control or my AC without thinking of them.


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  • The award provided by the Global Brain Foundation went to iChef, an B2B app from Taiwan for restaurants and food managers, to help them better manage the flow of clients, orders, and invoice, while also helping the queue management of venues and the stocks. Again, the whole team from Taiwan made an energetic show while not forgetting the main topic: they have the figure to back up their plans.


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You can find back our previous article covering Echelon Singapore 2014 on the Future of E-commerce with Redmart founder Roger Egan.