20 Startups in Asia Compete at Startup Arena Competition

by | April 4, 2013
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Startup Asia Singapore 2013 is a two-day technology and entrepreneurship focused conference with speakers from Taobao, Twitter, Airbnb, Rakuten, Rocket Internet,?and more.

The entrepreneurial highlight of the conference is Startup Arena, a pitching competition with over 300 submissions across Asia. Out of the applicants, 20 startups are hand-picked to compete for the top prize of US$10,000. This year?s startups are listed below and originate from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Thailand, and Singapore.

Judges for this year?s Startup Arena Singapore are Andrew Collins (CEO at Mailman Ventures), Jeffrey Paine, (founding partner at Golden Gate Ventures), Nobuaki Kitagawa (CEO at CyberAgent Ventures, Beijing), and Yasuhiko Yurimoto (founder, president, and CEO at Global Brain).

Arena Day 1

Name of startup
Name / Designation
Alvin Chai, Founder
Netizen Testing is developing an online usability testing tool powered by crowdsourcing to help startups and online businesses find out where users are confused and why they are leaving the target website. The testing results allow our clients to fix their usability issues and thus increase their conversion rates.
(Hong Kong)
David Francois, Managing Director
mmixr is a cloud based presentation management tool to help companies to create, manage and share animated and branded presentations. mmixr turns presentations into playlists!
Hu Chen, Founder and developer of DodoHub
DodoHub is a website to help people build good habits through progress visualization and community support.
Rohit Agarwal, Founder & CEO at Framebench
Framebench lets creative teams across the world collaborate better by combining the power of online real time meetings with the flexibility of email style conversations. Think of us as Google Docs for Multimedia.
Alvin Koay, CEO atRichMediaAds.com
RichMediaAds.com?has built an online tool to create interactive rich media display ads for budget advertisers and small publishers to increase the quality of their ad campaigns.
Warat, Co-founder of Zocialinc
Zocialic helps brands understand what local people are saying in Southeast Asia across various social networks and thus turning these data into actionable steps to improve their businesses.
Hajime Hotta, President at Spicy Cinnamon
Cinnamon is developing Seconds, a multi-device (smartphones and tablets) application to help smartphone camera users skip all of the annoying steps in sharing photos, with a fully automatic user experience and amazingly high speed photo-data exchanging backbone.
(Hong Kong)
Ken Lee, Founder of Lots of Buttons
Lots of Buttons is the world’s largest button store. It helps crafters and manufacturers find what they need with the ease and convenience of online shopping and prices typically 50% below convention. Lots of Buttons aims to be the world’s largest online crafts store, and is expanding to other verticals beside buttons pending profitability (within 2 months) or an angel investment.
Chua Chun Kiat, Co-founder
Triibe, is developing a mobile feedback tool to help restaurants/hotels to transform customer feedback into future profits.
Sense Luo, founder of Xunta
Xunta is an online dating site for gays in China.
Arena Day 2
Name of startup
Name / Designation
Janice Wilson, Principal at Puddding
Puddding is developing a social commerce site to help women who are not models find a pair of jeans that fit with customized, chick-sourced recommendations based upon shared physical perks and quirks.
Michael Michelini, co-founder CEO
Social Agent is a social media sales tool to help businesses find, track and manage sales leads starting with the 350+ million users on Sina weibo.
Ben Looi, CEO/Co-founder
Tell My Friends is a social network marketing and direct selling platform that counters online piracy of digital products by rewarding consumers for buying and sharing music, ebooks, videos, apps and games.
Charkrid Thanhachartyothin, CEO and Founder at SocialHappen
Socialhappen is developing a retail marketing technology to help retailers drive more foot traffic and repeating customers with our transmission technology that can connect offline to online easily + retail engagement platform that can motivate people to visit more often.
Nelsen Lim, Founder & CEO of DealPOS
Fluid Web Solutions is developing an online Point of Sale (POS) Software for retailers. Deployment complexity, scalability, heavy investment, bad user experience are the 4 problems we solve with our online POS System.
Kelvin Koh, Chief Rain Maker at PixBento
PixBento is developing a mobile and web platform to help groups of friends and communities, share media (photos & video) in an amazingly simple way, leveraging on collaborative group albums. Think Dropbox for Photos.
Joe Fink, CEO at Pombai
Pombai has built an application for intercity bus companies to bring their offline tickets online and sell directly to consumers with support for multiple languages, digital payments, and advanced reservations.
Mathieu Le Bras, CEO
8villages has developed a mobile-based customer relationship management platform to help companies advertise and collect market intelligence to and from rural consumers in emerging markets.
Udi Zohar, Co-Founder
Hoozin is a group messaging app with a unique approach: capturing real life group dynamics.
Saad Kamal, Founder & CTO at Shopbust
Shopbust is a real-time shopper feedback platform to help retail brands to improve their customer service & brand implementation by crowdsourcing mystery shop & store audits online.
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