AWARD CATEGORIES

Award Criteria

You qualify for a Rice Bowl award if …
Your company has been in operations for 5 years or less
Your company is established in any of the 10 ASEAN countries

Award Process


The ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards points to model leaders across a broad range of categories. These categories aim to showcase the individual or teams that uniquely impact the startup community ranging from investors, technologists and the entrepreneurs themselves.


Each ASEAN country will produce 16 winners at the national level – one from each award category. Among those 16 winners, there will be one Country Winner for each ASEAN nation, who will then move on to compete regionally at the Regional Grand Finale in December 2017.

What Winners Stand To Win

TRIPS

Winners get to participate in a cross-regional exchange program designed for serious entrepreneurs.

NETWORK

Fast-track your network, resource and capabilities from a home-grown outfit to a global or regional enterprise.

PROMOTION

Rice Bowl’s extensive media promotion and publicity network throughout the ASEAN region give winners the right platform for media exposure.

FUNDING

Get exposure to funding opportunities via our investor-matching schemes formed with our regional alliance of partners and investors

OPPORTUNITIES

Leverage on the vast ASEAN startup community. Partner-up regionally, vertically or cross-commercially to accelerate market expansion.

Startup Categories

Best Newcomer

Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

Best Social Impact Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing, and implement solutions to social, cultural, and/or environmental issues aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Best Smart City Solution

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions or products that target better connectivity, digitalization and managing the city infrastructure in urban development.

Best e-Commerce / Supply Chain Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing innovate business solutions through merchandising, sourcing, distribution, logistics, and marketing.

Best Healthy Lifestyle Tech

Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service that uses technology to enable a healthier lifestyle.

Best Green Biotech / Food Tech Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service that uses technology to improve agriculture and food production, supply chain, distribution channels and consumption.

Best Life Sciences / Med Tech Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions, methods and / or products, that target life sciences and medical advancements.

Best Fintech Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service/technology in the delivery and/or infrastructure of financial services.

Best Deep Tech / AI / Big Data Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and most efficient and powerful application of deep tech / artificial intelligence / big data to reinvent how businesses and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems.

Ecosystem Supporters Categories

Investor of the Year

An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be for example as an exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realization of an earlier investment.

Best Accelerator Program

A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Best Coworking Space

A coworking space that deserves the recognition for its services, support and resources to fast-growth tech startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.

Individual Category

Founder Of The Year

A tech startup founder that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great customer growth and/or sales, funds raised, uniqueness and/or impact of the product/service and leadership.

Special Mention Categories

Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative

An initiative that has empowered and supported entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.

People’s Choice

Most popular startup. Public votes via the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards facebook.

Startup of the Year

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

Award winners are decided by country juries and respective country partners. The organisers have the sole right to include or exclude any categories in their respective countries.

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