AWARD CATEGORIES

Award Criteria

You qualify for a Rice Bowl award if …
Your company was incorporated (and ultimately paying corporate taxes) in any one, or more, ASEAN countries
Your company was incorporated on, or after, 1 Jan 2013; or the nominated product, service, programme was launched on or after 1 Jan 2013

 

 

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 18 winners at the national level – one from each award category. Among those 18 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 November 2018.

The juries and ambassadors of Rice Bowl look for startups that show a clear growth (current & projected) results, scability to become an ASEAN-wide company as well as their impact to the ecosystem, and the country.

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.

Industry Award Categories

Industry Award categories recognizes fast growing startups  that are disrupting, improving and positively impacting vertical industries via products or services that harness innovation and technology.

Best e-Commerce Startup

You are a startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing innovative business solutions through online or mobile merchandising, sourcing, distribution, logistics, marketing and/or retail.

Best Logistics and Supply Chain Startup

You are a startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by disrupting traditional business models and impacting productivity and efficiency in logistics and supply-chain (via storing or movement of goods) by using online, communication or mobile technology.

Best Business Automation Tool Startup

You are a startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing tools, software, or devices that help companies and organizations to cope with changing markets, ensure a competitive position and improve business performance and productivity.
For example: an online accounting system, an online emailing service, a cost-saving and energy-saving device, a business intelligence tool etc.

Best Health / Med Tech Startup

You are a 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 keep people (or animals) healthier and/or improve the ability to diagnose and treat illness.

Best Fintech Startup

You are a 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 Food Tech / Agri Tech Startup

You are a 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 Helper” Startup

You are a startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing tools that works virtually to “get things done” for people and consumers – so they can get back valuable time to spend with family and friends, giving the healthy work-life balance that people aim for, and also celebrate digital innovations that improves the world around us.
For example: a robot that converses with children, an online portal for medical support, an online travel booking service, a ride-sharing mobile app, a smart home device.
However, you must be able to declare your “unfair advantage” or explain what makes you unique in your market.

Cross-Sector Awards

Cross-Sector Award categories recognize fast growing startups that clearly owns methods, innovation, services, tools, devices, or software that can be applied across many industries.

Best IoT Startup

You are a startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and internet connectivity enabling efficient data collection and exchange.

Best AI/Machine Learning Startup

You are a 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 business and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems.

Best Digital Marketing Startup

You are a startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing tools that are used by organizations to improve digital marketing, customer experience and sales conversion.

Star Awards

“Golden Rice Bowl” Startup of the Year

You are clearly a startup that is above the rest of the competition, in terms of user or customer acquisition, or sales or profit projection and is likely to be bought by Facebook or Google or Ali Baba for millions.

Founder Of The Year

You are an inspirational leader for your startup. You are astute in business, has strong leadership skills, awesome fund-raiser and a skilled promoter. You make running your business look easy, and your team, partners and customers are inspired by your vision. .

Best Newcomer

You are a startup with up to 2 years of age (or from incorporation) that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with their product/service

People’s Choice

You have a huge fan-base for your product or service. You may be an individual, or company, that got the most accumulated votes throughout the national and/or regional round.

Ecosystem Awards

Eco-system award categories are meant to recognize people, organisations and programmes that are in the startup ecosystem of South East Asia. These are the movers and shakers that are disrupting old processes, harnessing technology and innovation, and directly contributing to the success of new tech businesses and entrepreneurship in general.

 

Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative

You are a startup ecosystem initiative (not including co-working spaces or accelerator programs) that can be an event, a program, a competition, a project, an agenda, a community, a grant or financial assistance etc. initiated by individuals, community building organisations, corporates and/or government that has proven to support entrepreneurs and tech startups.

Best Co-Working Space

You love hosting and connecting people to each other! You are a co-working 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.

Best Accelerator or Incubator Program

You have an awesome methodology that works! As a fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program, you help and empower entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Investor of the Year

You are an individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be in the form of a successful exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realization of an earlier investment.

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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