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31 Finalists chosen from 376 entries from standout startups throughout Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 October, 2015 – Finalists for The Rice Bowl Startup Awards were announced today, reflecting the innovation and excellence of startups across the Southeast Asia.

“Since the announcement of the awards in June, we have seen fantastic participation from startups across the region, and have even had to extend deadlines to accommodate countries to submit their nominations,” said Ashran Dato Ghazi, Chairman of New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF).

The Rice Bowl Startup Awards is the first ASEAN awards to celebrate rising startups that harness technology to propel their business regionally. They honour rising entrepreneurs who are a clear embodiment of excellence and innovation.

376 entries were submitted from nine countries across South East Asia during the nomination phase from 1 June to 15 September 2015. A panel of 35 judges from the awards’ community partners then evaluated the entries in four broad areas – Business, Traction, USP and Investability.

All finalists are automatically in the running for the Golden Rice Bowl Awards. They will also be awarded startup training worth USD15,000, regional media engagements, and investor matching.

Finalists will be judged by the Rice Bowl Startup Awards Grand Jury, and the winners will be announced during the gala event closing the 1 ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit (1AES) on 22 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

Among the finalists, SALt got in to two categories:

Product Startup of the Year

a. Openkod (Malaysia)

• Developer and provider of open source products, has created the first Malaysian-made network security product to optimise networks.

b. QLIPP (Singapore)

• A tennis performance sensor and accompanying mobile application that delivers real-time stroke data and visual insights allowing players to improve their performance.

c. Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALT) (Phillipines)

• Sustainable and cost effective ecologically designed lamp powered by tap water and table salt.

Woman in Business Startup of the Year

a. Rachel De Villa – Cropital (Phillipines)

• Crowdfunding platform that helps local farmers gain access to scalable and sustainable funding.

b. Silvia Wetherell – MumRadar (Singapore)

• Helps mothers find important information, collates child friendly places and activities, read peer reviews and connects with like-minded mothers.

c. Aisa A. Mijeno – Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALT) (Phillipines)

• Sustainable and cost effective ecologically designed lamp powered by tap water and table salt.

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