Last week a crowd of nearly 800 gathered in Singapore for Startups in Asia, a 2-day Penn Olson event featuring discussions with seasoned Asian entrepreneurs and investors and a pitch competition among 20 startups.
The startups ranged from CloudyRec, for connecting your app to the cloud, to Vibease, a vibrator plus an app store full of “fantasies” for women.
The Startup Arena winners were as follows:
1st place: Teamie (Singapore): A social learning platform where students can collaborate, study, and take tests. The team won $10,000.
2nd place: Innova Tech (Singapore): A thin card that slips inside your valuables and alerts you when you leave them behind
3rd place: Start Now (Singapore): A platform that connects volunteers with nonprofits
4rd place: Waffle (Korea): A wifi service that venues can offer free in exchange for users taking a quiz or posting on social media
5th place: Piktochart (Malaysia): A tool for creating customized infographics
Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact email@example.com.