On September 19, 2019, True Digital Park officially announced its strategic partnership with TechNode as their “Go-To China Partner”.
As strategic partners, TechNode and True Digital Park will collaborate to promote the integration of science and technology innovation between China and Southeast Asia, opening up more opportunities and interactions between the tech startups in both regions. As both parties have a vast network and resources in the technology and innovation industry, this partnership will further enhance the startup ecosystems between China and Southeast Asia.
True Digital Park is the largest digital innovation center with a comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southeast Asia. It was officially launched on September 18, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand, at the first Togetherness of Possibilities (T.O.P) tech conference. The conference attracted many innovative entrepreneurs from all over Asia. Among the honorable guests were Mr. Suphachai Chearavanont, the CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group and the chairman of True Corporation Plc; Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, the deputy prime minister of Thailand, and Mr. Buddhipongse Punnakanta, the minister of digital economy and society of Thailand.
“The mission of True Digital Park is to help tech startups and entrepreneurs reach their full potential to compete in the global marketplace. At True Digital Park, tech startups will have access to the latest trends and tech knowledge as well as telecommunication infrastructure and digital platforms. On top of that, they will also have the opportunities to receive support from large companies and governmental organizations and network with investors, and hence, gain access to funding,” said Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee, the president of True Digital Park at the launch of True Digital Park.
With a vast network in global innovation and entrepreneurship, China-based TechNode is at the center of a unique worldwide tech ecosystem of startups, venture capital firms, industry resources, and corporate partners. In 2018, TechNode expanded its core offerings to include six business units: TN Media, TN Inno (corporate innovation services), TN Global, TN Events (branding and event services), TN Data (startup ecosystem database) and TN VC (venture capital and financing services). Through these initiatives, TechNode supports and connects the startup ecosystem between China and the rest of the world.
“TechNode will play an important role in supporting the tech startup ecosystem at True Digital Park. The global expansion of China’s innovation is beneficial to the overseas innovation environment and TechNode Global platform is committed to helping bridge that connection between China and the rest of the world, including Southeast Asia,” said Dr. Gang Lu, the founder, and CEO of TechNode.
Immediately after the launch of True Digital Park, Origin Thailand Conference by TechNode and Asia Hardware Battle Bangkok pitch were held at True Digital Park on the following day. The Origin conference brought industry experts from China to discuss food innovation, future of work and Thailand’s digital and tech landscape together with local industry experts in Thailand; while the winner of the Asia Hardware Battle Bangkok will represent Thailand to compete with other teams from Asia at the Asia Hardware Battle Grand Finale in Shanghai this October. Both events are among the few outcomes of this partnership in creating a cross-border platform to connect China with the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia and vice versa.