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 or the nominated product, service, programme was launched on, or after, 1 Jan 2013
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
Winners get to participate in a cross-regional exchange program designed for serious entrepreneurs.
Fast-track your network, resource and capabilities from a home-grown outfit to a global or regional enterprise.
Rice Bowl’s extensive media promotion and publicity network throughout the ASEAN region give winners the right platform for media exposure.
Get exposure to funding opportunities via our investor-matching schemes formed with our regional alliance of partners and investors
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
Best Logistics and Supply Chain Startup
Best Business Automation Tool Startup
Best Health / Med Tech Startup
Best “Life Helper” Startup
Best Food Tech / Agri Tech Startup
Best Fintech Startup
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
Best AI/Machine Learning Startup
Best Digital Marketing Startup
“Golden Rice Bowl” Startup of the Year
Founder Of The Year
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
Best Co-Working Space
Best Accelerator or Incubator Program
Investor of the Year
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.