Telenor to host startup double-header: Slush Singapore Founder’s Day and Telenor Digital Winners

Written: Sep 2017

In partnership with Slush Singapore, Telenor Group is bringing startup companies from across its Asian accelerator programmes to Singapore for Digital Winners in a three-day combined event. It’s a meeting of the minds and competition to win funding to expand into new territories.


Slush Singapore Founder’s Day – September 18

Slush Singapore’s Top 45 pitching, coaching and keynotes from around the world kick off Founder’s Day on Monday, September 18. Forty-five global startups are descending on Day 1 of Slush Singapore. Hosted at Telenor Singapore’s new space in Guoco Tower, the event will see the startups pitch their ideas to renowned VCs and tech leaders. The platform makes an exciting variety of startup talent accessible in an unfiltered, intimate setting where they will share their unique stories.

Slush Singapore Main Event – September 19

Slush Singapore’s Main Event hosted at Marina Bay Sands Convention Center with featured Telenor speakers including: Telenor Group CMO Svein Henning Kirkeng on “Big Data = Business Intelligence” at 11:00 and Sajid Rahman of Telenor Health on “The Era of Personalization – Healthtech” at 12:10. Slush finalists pitch all afternoon. Telenor Group to award “Emerging Markets” prize for a talented Slush finalist to explore new market entry within Telenor’s Asia footprint.

Telenor’s Digital Winners 2017 – September 20

How much do developing economies have to gain from startup ecosystems? What’s new and what’s coming to key startup scenes, both leading (Singapore) and emerging (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar)? These questions and more be discussed and debated at the Digital Winners conference. Telenor Group accelerators’ startups hail from the growing ecosystems of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar to the largely established, powerful startup scenes of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Together, they are some of Asia’s top tech trailblazers from pioneer markets recognised for their considerable potential.

Telenor Group’s Head of Innovation, Vegard Aas, said, “At Telenor Group, we’re always on the lookout for the best ideas for new digital products and services, as well as talents to help grow and nurture. Increasingly, we find them in the young startup communities in our Asian accelerators, including dtac Accelerate in Thailand, GP Accelerator in Bangladesh, Telenor Velocity in Pakistan and with our partners at Phandeeyar in Myanmar. As a digital service provider, one of our central goals is to improve our customers’ lives through new innovations and great services, so helping our local startups thrive and scale is part of how we do this.”

Telenor’s ‘Digital Winners’ – standout startups from across Asia

These select startups will make their case for new market ventures, pitching to tech leaders from Singapore, South- and Southeast Asia. Taking part are Tonic, ACE Singapore, Vickers Venture Partners and Telenor Group CMO, Svein Henning Kirkeng among many others.

Mateen Ansari of Artsy from Pakistan.

Artsy (Telenor Velocity, Pakistan)

Founded in 2016, Artsy is an online store dedicated to highlighting the efforts and makings of any Pakistani artisan. They are a platform where artisans, entrepreneurs, and crafters from all over Pakistan can showcase their work and abilities. They set out to provide a holistic artistic experience to the consumer by harnessing the talent of Pakistani artists and artisans. As of now the platform has 150 vendors/makers on-board. Website, Facebook.

Mohammad Atif Bin Riduan and Mohd Zuhairi Bin Zulkiflee of BAXS Technologies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

BAXS Technology (Digi Challenge-for-Change, Malaysia)

BAXS Technology is a company that wants to change the way of communication between the Deaf Community with the common person by developing assistive mobile-powered technology for them and give them a better world. BAXS Technology’s mission is to revolutionize sign language education and build seamless interaction between the deaf community – and the world. Currently, the company is developing EDDY, a 3D sign-language dictionary. www.baxstech.com/

Hasib Mahmud and Mir MD Nazmus Sakib of Cramstack in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Cramstack (GP Accelerate, Bangladesh)

Cramstack is private Google for businesses – a data analytics platform using analytics pipelines and models tailored to enterprises to bring deeper insights from the enterprise data.  www.cramstack.com

Abdullah Soomro of Micropower Labs in Pakistan.

MicroPower Labs (Telenor Velocity, Pakistan)

They are a technology and innovation focused start-up aiming to create next generation tech gadgets. They are trying to bring products closer to people by integrating human centered designs in their product development cycle. Their core competency lies in hardware development. Their products include the world’s fastest charging power bank, a 5000mAH power bank that charges in just 15 minutes and a product in development which is the world’s first solar powered wearable cooling device. Micropower Labs has been supported and funded by one of the largest accelerators in the world, Start-up Chile, NEST I/O (Google of Entrepreneurs Pakistan), and is a member of Telenor Pakistan’s Velocity program. Website, Facebook

Skylar of MMTutors in Yangon, Myanmar.

MM Tutors (Phandeeyar, Myanmar)

MM Tutors is an online education platform that connects qualified tutors with students in need – anywhere in Myanmar. Customers search for tutoring services by subject and can book tailored tutorials online where they are matched according to need and location. MMtutors has systematic test process and takes the time to individually interview and train each and every tutor they employ. Their tutors are the public face of MM Tutors, so are chosen with great care. Tutors range in experience from undergraduate students to teachers and professors. Customers are provided with a full profile of each tutor before coaching begins.

Adnan Halim, Nazmul Ahmed and the Sheba.xyz team in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

SHEBA.xyz (GP Accelerate, Bangladesh)

A blue-collar service platform for addressing day-to-day household needs ensuring timely and quality services from skilled professionals in dozens of key categories – from electric repairing to laundry.  www.sheba.XYZ

Jakapan and Non of the Bangkok-based TourKrub team last month after just winning the trip to Digital Winners in Singapore.

TourKrub (dtac Accelerate, Thailand)

An online platform offering worldwide out-bound tour packages. In just a few months, TourKrub has successfully sold more than 6000+ traveller with GMV of about 250 million Thai baht (7.5 million USD). TourKrub is among Thailand’s leading travel and tourism e-commerce platforms. www.tourkrub.co