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Why Rice Bowl?

Rice Bowl
noun. an area (as Southeast Asia) in which abundant quantities of rice are grown(Oxford, Merriam Webster)

Rice is the staple diet in Asia. It is also a symbol of wealth and resource throughout the region, making the rice bowl an enduring symbol of livelihood and sustenance.

Startups have always been that rice bowl that sustains and grows the Southeast Asian economy, and we believe they will continue to provide for ASEAN for generations to come.

We honor and celebrate these startups for their innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. For their courage, determination, hard work and perseverance that powers the region’s economy and wealth.

Our Story

The ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards (Rice Bowl), organised by New Entrepreneurs Foundation, celebrates the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Southeast Asian startup ecosystem. ​

The Awards reward innovation, excellence, and best practice in startups across the region. It also recognizes the excitement, risk and hard-work involved in developing a startup and the influence each person has on driving the success of their company.

Rice Bowl puts the spotlight on model entrepreneurship and inspires a dynamic community of startup enthusiasts, serial entrepreneurs, policy makers and diverse mentors in tech innovation. ​

Now in its third year, Rice Bowl showcases Southeast Asian skill in business innovation, where featured startups provide the benchmark, inspiration and example to aspiring startups. 

Rice Bowl is the official Southeast Asia circuit for the Global Startup Awards. The Awards is divided into several rounds – nationals, regional and global. The Regional Rice Bowl Winners will represent Southeast Asia at the Global Startup Awards finale in 2018.

About New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF)

New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF) is a non-profit organization established in 2012 that focuses on creating and developing sustainable entrepreneurs via strategic developmental programs.

Designed with entrepreneurs in mind to ensure they reach their business potential, myNEF signature programs include BAHTERA 2015, SUPERBXCEL, COMICXCEL, Online Business Financing (OBF) and ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards.

myNEF plays an instrumental role in bridging industry players with the Government and related agencies, both locally and in the Southeast Asian region.

“Businesses that know how to harness technology and knowledge grow rapidly and sustainably”

www.mynef.com

About Global Startup Awards

The Global Startup Awards was established in Denmark in 2012 with two major goals.

Firstly, to connect, support, and celebrate key players in national and regional startup ecosystems worldwide. Secondly, to fuse them together on a global entrepreneurial network, creating a matrix of opportunities for international partnerships and commercial exchange.

GSA began as a way of recognising entrepreneurs within the Nordic region. It is now annually celebrated through 26 countries and across 4 regions: Nordic, Central Europe, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Soon to join are Southern Europe, South America and the Baltics.

Global Startup Awards has become a vehicle for countries to recognise and showcase their own entrepreneurial talents, powering their local startup ecosystems further.

The ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards (Rice Bowl) is the official Southeast Asia circuit for GSA.

www.globalstartupawards.com

Key People

Lilyana Abdul Latiff

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Shamir Abdullah

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Rubi-Ain Dahlan

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Arfah Hani Abdullah 

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Shariza Abdullah

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Awards

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.

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.

Individuals 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.

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