Startup Arena

Startup Arena in Jakarta heating up with USD 10000 in Prizes

One of the pitching event organized by Tech in Asia, formerly Penn-Olsen will be happening in Indonesia. Startup Asia Jakarta 2012, hosted by Tech in Asia, is pleased to invite startups across Asia to apply for the upcoming Startup Arena competition to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 7 and 8.

Startup Arena is a startup competition run within Startup Asia Jakarta 2012 for entrepreneurs, serving as a launchpad for startups to get a headstart in Asia’s mobile and internet industry today. About 20 startups will be selected to pitch and challenge on the Arena stage, in front of top investors, industry leaders, and press for US$10,000 as a top prize. Startups can send in their applications here.

Submissions will be reviewed based on a first-come-first-served basis, hence it would be an added advantage to submit your application early so that entrepreneurs can prep their killer pitches. We will give  preference to startups who are new, struggling, and unknown but with a brilliant product to demo and an awesome team.

Demo is a primary requirement, and pitches have to be done in English. The team at Startup Arena will also provide a week-by-week pitch consultation in the run-up to the event to help practice your pitch. The recent Arena competition held at Singapore attracted about 300 applications, out of which 19  startups were selected to compete. You can head over here to catch all the 19 pitches at the last Arena competition in Singapore.

Teamie, an educational collaboration platform, walked away as our Startup Arena Singapore winner last time round. Along with Teamie, other finalists at Startup Arena Singapore have gone on to secure seed  funding – namely GushCloud and Phroni. Investment rounds for some other of our Arena alumni are also in the pipeline.
“The Arena gave me confidence in my pitching skills, said Shivanu Shukla, co-founder of Teamie, “and
the validation from the judges and the audience in our startup. Of course, winning the Arena meant a
huge deal to me and my team. As an entrepreneur you are constantly battling challenges, and sometimes you need some external motivations. It’s great to get validation for your idea, your company and the hard work that everyone in the team is putting behind it.”

“Teamie was almost in stealth mode until Startup Arena happened, and then suddenly we became the startup people wanted to know about, talk to, and explore opportunities with. We’ve managed to link with a few investors and are having discussions with them, all thanks to Startup Arena,” he added.
Startup Arena Jakarta will take place at Upperroom at Annex building, Jakarta, from June 7th – 8th, 2012.