These five entrepreneurs – aged 25 and under – are already building big things.
5 Southeast Asia entrepreneurs 25 and underHere are 5 very young entrepreneurs you should keep an eye on.
Posted by Tech in Asia on Friday, 22 December 2017
From deep learning to solar energy, we’ve lined up 5 entrepreneurs 25 and under who prove youth is no barrier to success.
Annabelle Kwok, 24
Annabelle’s university days were filled with hackathons and maker faires. The self-professed hobbyist soon took it more seriously and won a prestigious hackathon in Singapore. Along the way, Annabelle received numerous job offers – including from Microsoft. But the corporate life just wasn’t for her. She went on to work at Garena, but then took time off to join a circus. Yes – a circus. Annabelle started Smartcow to make a kind of Raspberry Pi for AI. The device, Tera, is an alternative to cloud computing, enabling users to store and process large amounts of data on hardware near them. It’s already being used to study rat movement in Singapore’s sewage system, where Tera is loaded with software to recognize and detect rat movements based on thermal images.
Leandro Leviste, 24
Out to solve the problem of pricey electricity in the Philippines, Leandro’s firm, Solar Philippines, develops rooftop solar plants. The Yale graduate was inspired by how companies in the US and Europe were quickly adopting solar power as an alternative energy source. The startup first put itself on the map with a project that turned a Manila mall into the biggest solar-powered mall in the world. These days, he’s shifting his focus to rural areas. Leandro is constructing a four megawatt solar-battery farm, which will become the world’s largest island solar-battery microgrid, bringing 24/7 power to up to 20,000 people at zero cost to the Philippines government and at a lower cost to consumers.
Joshua Kevin, 25
Joshua wants to kill off office paperwork with Talenta, a human resources service that helps streamline mundane processes such as payroll and employee database management. Leaping into Indonesia’s startup scene aged 18, Joshua worked with us at Tech In Asia, then at East Ventures and KakaoTalk before starting Talenta in 2013. His startup counts Go-Jek and Grab among its clients.
Shahab Shabibi, 22
Originally from Iran, Shahab already launched two startups – in music streaming and sports media – before moving to the Philippines. He founded the now defunct HeyKuya, a text messaging concierge service. These days, Shahab taps into his own experience of running businesses with Machine Ventures, an incubator that provides financial support and guidance to enterprises trying to start up in the Philippines.
Yao Song, 24
Little is known about Yao, a former Microsoft intern, except that he co-founded DeePhi Tech just over a year ago. Incorporating deep learning, DeePhi aims to increase the processing speed of AI chips and servers while lowering power usage and costs. The company looks to improve the AI efficiency of drones, surveillance cameras, and data centers. His startup secured two rounds of financing in 2017, counting Samsung and Jack Ma’s Ant Financial as early investors.
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