by CIO ASEAN Staff

SE Asian startups celebrated at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards

Feb 25, 2019
StartupsTechnology Industry

The 18 winners were announced during the Rice Bowl Summit, which took place on 22-23 February in Indonesia

For its fourth consecutive year, the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards (Rice Bowl) named the best and most innovative startups in Southeast Asia during a ceremony celebrated in the island of Bali, Indonesia.

During the 2-day event, which consisted of a summit followed by the awards ceremony, prominent speakers from Southeast Asia, China and Europe shared insights on the ASEAN startup ecosystem, one of the fastest growing in the world.

Attendants to the summit also participated in investor-matching sessions, panel discussions, workshops, video interviews and a networking event.

The summit was followed by the Awards Gala Night, where the 2018 winners of the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards were announced.

Winners included an AI-powered, conversational member engagement for health and life insurers, an Indonesian agritech company focusing on bridging farmers to the wider market, and a healthtech platform that helps patients and doctors make sense of medical data to prevent and manage disease.

Below is the full list of winners:

Best Digital Marketing Solution Boundlss (Singapore)
Best AI/Machine Learning Startup Refinn (Thailand)
Best Accelerator or Incubator Programme AIS The Startup (Thailand)
Best Business Automation Tool Botbot.AI (Singapore)
Best Coworking Space ASpace (Philippines)
Best e-Commerce Startup Wakuliner (Indonesia)
Best Ecosystem Initiative MTEP by mdec (Malaysia)
Best Fintech Startup Refinn (Thailand)
Best FoodTech/Agriculture TaniHub (Indonesia)
Best Healthtech Startup Biomark (Philippines)
Best IoT Startup UnificationEngine (Singapore)
Best Life Helper VIDI (Malaysia)
Best Logistic & Supply Chain Startup Abivin (Vietnam)
Best Newcomer Dropee (Malaysia)
Founder of the Year Linh Pham, Co Founder and CEO of Logivan (Vietnam)
Investor of the Year Golden Gate Ventures (Singapore)
Startup of the Year Revolution Precrafted (Philippines)
People’s Choice AIS The Startup (Thailand)

What’s Rice Bowl?

Since 2015, Rice Bowl has been the official Southeast Asian circuit of the Global Startup Awards. Its mission is to connect and empower the ASEAN Economic Community to power up their local economies with startups and scaleups.

Through the name ‘rice bowl’, organisers want to make a simile between rice, the staple diet in Asia and also a symbol of wealth and resource throughout the region, and startups as a ‘rice bowl’ which sustains and grows the Southeast Asian economy.

Rice Bowl is organised by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF), a non-profit organisation that focuses on creating and developing sustainable entrepreneurs through strategic developmental programmes.

Established in 2012, myNEF plays a significant role in bridging industry players, Malaysian Government and ecosystems across South East Asia. It works closely with various agencies and government related organisations to support existing and upcoming entrepreneur development programmes.

Winners from previous editions include Grab, the National University of Singapore and 500 Startups, among many others.

From 2015 to 2017, Rice Bowl had a total of USD108.4 million of pledged investments.