Thailand, apart from being one of the most popular destinations for Chinese travelers, is also a key market for Chinese startups who are making a foray into Southeast Asia. Thailand market has seen remarkable growth over the past couple of years, and its tech scene has been thriving since. Startup investments have increased in both Thailand and ASEAN, as observed from the continuous investment into Southeast Asia by China.
In 2018, Thailand startups raised funds of at least US$61.25 million, with FoodTech being the most attractive sector. Thailand investors are also actively looking abroad, with more than US$95 million invested in overseas companies.
With the very affordable cost of living, cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai have become the places for digital nomads (both foreign and local) to start their own tech start-ups. Coupled with a high 82% internet penetration rate, Thailand – a nation with more than 69M population, definitely is a lucrative market for tech companies as innovation sweeps across the country.
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Following a successful run of ORIGIN Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 21, 2019, ORIGIN by TechNode is back. This time making its way to Bangkok, Thailand on September 19, 2019, in collaboration with True Digital Park, Thailand’s largest startup destination. This conference seeks to amalgamate China and Thailand’s tech and business eco-system for an intense four-hour discussion of topics such as Thai’s tech scene, food innovation, corporate innovation, Chinese decacorn, and Sino-Thai JV success cases.
With exciting panels and intensive fireside chat, ORIGIN will continue to promote ASEAN-China synergies by bringing continuous updates on the latest trends and developments in its vibrant tech industry and the SEA’s rapid growth landscape. We will be previewing ORIGIN Thailand’s topics in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned.
Furthermore, Asia Hardware Battle 2019 Thailand City Pitch organized by TechNode will be collocated with ORIGIN Thailand, where we scout for the next wave of hardware IoT startups that has the potential to change our lives for the better!
Grab your tickets here and we hope to see you there at ORIGIN Thailand on 19th September 2019. ORIGIN Thailand is held in conjunction with True Digital Park Official Launch.
Date: September 19, 2019 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (GMT +7)
Venue: True Digital Park Auditorium (Level 6), Bangkok, Thailand
Partial Speakers Line-up:
Dr. John JIANG
Chief Digital Officer, CP Group
AI by training (Bell Labs and Cambridge) and Digital Transformation/Mobile/IoT/AI-ML/Blockchain/Healthcare/Travel specialization by practice. Serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur with extensive product development, technology, strategy, delivery, operational and BD experience. Led technology initiatives in large companies (Cingular/ATT, China Mobile and now CP Group) and cofounded 4 startups (Mobileum, ITC, GlobeTouch, EverNetworks). Currently leading digital transformation in CP Group and R&D in TrueCorp. Took over CP global CTO and R&D organizations, deputed to support the CP Group CEO vision of best in the class of applied technologies in CP Group a conglomerate of 400+ companies all over the world.
Mr. Thanasorn JAIDEE
President, True Digital Park
Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee is the President of True Digital Park, which is Thailand’s first and Southeast Asia’s largest digital park. His vision is to empower Thailand to become a global destination for innovation by bringing startups, multinational companies, incubators, accelerators, venture capital, and public sector together under one roof, to provide the complete innovation-focused ecosystem for all.
Mr. Thanasorn is recognized as a true digital veteran with extensive experience in Business Solution, IT infrastructure and Telecommunications. Prior to his current role, he was working with numbers of multinational companies such as Microsoft, SAP, and SAS to drive digital technology adoption in the enterprises. He has been driving Data Center and Cloud adoption for Thailand through True Internet Data Center (TrueIDC), heading both domestic and international activities for 3 years and the company now is Thailand’s top provider of integrated data centers and cloud services.
Mr. Thanasorn has an avid international background, having spent 6 years in the U.S. for his studies and starting career as a software engineer there. He holds degrees in Civil Engineer in Thailand, Business Administration and Computer Science from the U.S.
Ms. Oranuch LERDSUWANKIJ (Mimee)
Co-founder & CEO, TechSauce
Mimee is the CEO and Co-founder of Techsauce which is the leading technology and innovative media and organizes the largest technology conference in Southeast Asia called Techsauce Global Summit.
She is selected as one of Thailand’s young female entrepreneurs organized by top10asia.org and also recognized as one of the pioneers in building the Thai startup ecosystem. Before starting her own business, she had direct experience in product and marketing for more than 12 years with Tech-related companies such as DTAC, TA Orange, Atos Origin.
Mimee graduated from King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Telecommunication Engineering and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology management.
Dr. Kid PARCHARIYANON
CEO, RISE Accelerator
Dr. Kid is a serial entrepreneur who, at the age of 19, developed and sold the first mobile stock trading application for the Stock Exchange of Thailand (now #1 stock trading app in the country) in 2005.
He’s now Co-Founder and CEO at RISE – Corporate Innovation Accelerator where he consults large conglomerates MNCs to innovate faster through RISE’s Corporate Innovation Platform which includes RISE Accelerator, RISE Academy, RISE Ventures and RISE Experience.
Kid holds MS in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Science University and MD from Mahidol University. He is also the former President of Digital Advertising Association Thailand, Stanford’s GSB Alumni and fellow and member of a number of professional associations in the US and Asia.
Mr. Djoann FAL
CEO & Co-founder, GetLinks
Djoann co-founded a tech company in Bangkok in January 2015. As a proud geek and CEO of GetLinks, his company got funded by Alibaba and Jobs DB (ASX:SEK). Talking to Djoann is recommended for people looking for senior jobs in Tech.
Investment Manager, AddVentures by SCG
Poompong leads AddVentures’ fund of fund investments. He has continued to expand the fund’s network across Southeast Asia. He is actively investing in B2B e-commerce, FinTech, and SaaS space, helping portfolio companies expand throughout the region.
Poompong co-founded multiple companies and also spends his time supporting the ecosystem by advising startups and teaching entrepreneurship & innovation at the university level.
Prior to joining AddVentures, Poompong helped SCG expanded its footprint in the Middle East and Africa. He had also taken many roles in new business development and innovation.
He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and BBA in International Business Management (honors) from Chulalongkorn University.
Dr. Gang LU
CEO & Founder, TechNode 动点科技
Dr. Gang LU is the Founder and CEO of TechNode, making him one of China’s most recognized influencers in the global technology sector.
What started as Dr. Lu’s personal blog quickly became a highly respected international innovation platform, with six business units including TN Media (Chinese and English technology media platform), TN Inno (corporate innovation services), TN Global (Asia and global business), TN Events (branding and event services), TN Data (startup ecosystem data analysis) and TN VC (venture capital and financing services). Through these initiatives, TechNode connects China’s start-up technology ecosystem with the rest of the world. Today, TechNode is the exclusive China partner of TechCrunch.
Dr. Lu earned his Ph.D. in Wireless Communications from the University of Sheffield, UK. Dr. Lu was honored with the ‘1000 Talents Plan’ of Shanghai in 2017 and received the Entrepreneurial Award of the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards in 2017-18.