UPSTARTS Awards hosted its first-ever APAC Retail Startup hybrid pitch event in collaboration with Startup&Angels in Singapore on the 7th of July. This live pitch event was the first of the UPSTARTS Awards community activations, bringing together five Asian retail startups who pitched live to a panel of judges. A hybrid event, which was attended by an audience of 130+ in Singapore and around Asia, had the aim to recognize the next generation of Asia’s homegrown retail players from emerging consumer brands, retailers, marketplaces, retail tech startups, and expert solution providers.
The five retail start ups were:
Fairmart – a retail tech startup that supports Singaporean local independent retailers by making their products searchable by customers in their neighbourhood.
Splashup – a product engagement layer helping retailers provide shoppers a more powerful, more user-centric shopping experience.
On the List – Asia’s first members-only flash sales concept.
Rush Hour Digital – a world-class UX & UI development company.
Hoobuyz – a digital business solution that provides in-store customer insights.
The standard of entries was so high our judges had a tricky time choosing just two winners. The judges – Sylvain Rouri, Chief Sales Officer from OVHcloud, Roselan Araf, Chief Investment Officer from Hammer Treasury, Jay Frame, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Communications & CSR from DFS Group Limited, Gaelle Decolnet, APAC Managing Director from IWD Retail Software, Derek Tang, Territory Sales Manager (Singapore) from Xero, and Lutfillo Yuldoshev, Director of Business Development from Worldpay – chose the following companies based on a variety of factors. In particular, the winners had to deliver a compelling pitch, a scalable business model and a quality team in their organization.
Congratulations to our winner – Fairmart, and the 1st runner-up – Splashup. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank other participants – On the List, Rush Hour Digital and Hoobuyz.
UPSTARTS entry submissions opened on 1st June 2022 and will be closed on 15th August 2022. Winners will be selected by leaders and experts across brand, retail and startup sectors, more requirements and key dates here.
Asian Retail Startups interested in participating in the UPSTARTS awards can find more information here.