#Asia 10 Reasons why every startup, tech lover and enthusiast should attend Thailand Startup Summit 2016 in Bangkok.


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Bart Medici is the Managing Partner Southeast Asia at Simpli5d Technologies and the Founder at Bangkok Entrepreneurs, who will be putting on the Thailand Startup Summit on March 30th.

On March 30th, 2016, Bangkok Entrepreneurs will held the Thailand Startup Summit 2016, a showcase of Thailand’s best startups.

Throughout the entire day and evening, 70+ speakers will come on stage for keynotes and panels. Most of them are Thailand-based startups, some of them are VCs investing in Thailand and a few are big names like Google, Line or Grab.

Here are 10 reasons why every Startup & Tech lover or Enthusiast should attend this summit:

Thailand has a vibrant Tech scene

Yes, I know, it sounds a bit funny for a country more famous for its elephants, beaches and temples (and the spicy food!) than for technology and VCs. But I promise you that there is more to Thailand than what you think. Did you know that 2C2P, Hotel Quickly, Ensogo and even Agoda were Thai startups?

A Forbes-annointed young-gun will be speaking

The youngest of Forbes “30 under 30 Asia in Technology” list, Korawad Chearavanont (21), is Thai. He founded a startup a couple years ago and recently raised US$ 5.7 Million dollars! He will be on stage at Thailand Startup Summit 2016.

WhatsApp? No. This is LINE territory

Thailand is LINE’s second-largest market after Japan. At TSS 2016 Ariya Banomyong, MD at LINE Thailand, will talk about the company’s hegemony in Thailand and the its ambitions beyond the message app. The future includes eCommerce, games and more.

Also Read: Thailand’s Stylhunt snags close to US$500,000 in pre-Series A round

The Thai motorcycle taxi market is one of the busiest in SEA for startups

Grabbike and the new UberMoto are competing with Deliveree, Skootar, Sendit and a few others! They’ll all be at TSS 2016 to tell us why motorcycle transportation is still the future, not the past.

aCommerce is Thailand’s most successful startup

Founded by a team of Thai Internet and finance veterans, aCommerce has raised more than US$18 million to date. Phensiri Sathianvongnusar, COO at aCommerce, will be on stage at TSS 2016 to tell us how aCommerce is doing better than any other Thai startups.

Amadeus Next

The startup accelerator program by Amadeus, the leading provider of IT solutions to the global tourism and travel industry, is looking for the next travel startup unicorn. At TSS 2016 they will tell us why travel is the best vertical business today.

Forbes again!

Trumph Silpsrikul, another of Forbes “30 under 30 Asia in Technology”, will talk at TSS 2016.

Some big names are moving in

iflix, HappyFresh, Lalamove and Sephora digital (Luxola) are opening offices in Thailand. Find out how they plan to leverage from their regional presence to handle the local competition at TSS 2016.

And other success stories are reaching out

Thailand e-commerce startups like Moxi, PriceZa, Pomelo or Zilingo are planning their expansion to Southeast Asia. Will they be a threat or opportunity for startups outside of Thailand? Let’s discuss it at TSS 2016.

And when your country is famous for spicy food, the competition heats up

Thailand is famous for good street food and very affordable restaurants that used to make eating at home a rarity.

But times are changing: Food delivery service companies are making a killing in Bangkok right now. From the standard delivery service by Foodpanda to the artisan food focus of Passion Delivery. Restaurant review websites like Wongnai and booking and deals websites like Eatigo are also finding success.

Who will win the food battle? Find out at TSS 2016!

Also Read: Thailand’s Rabbit Internet raises US$9.1M; will boost domestic operations

Plus, March is a great time to travel to Thailand! The weather is hot and dry, the beaches are quiet and the prices are still low.

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