As part of Alibaba Cloud’s Project AsiaForward initiative, Alibaba Cloud is bringing together key players in the Southeast Asian innovation ecosystem to launch the AsiaStar 10×10 campaign, recognizing 100 companies, communities, and projects that have effected meaningful change in the region over the past year.

What to expect

Nominations open for Growth, Impact, Enablers, Open Source, and Frontiers categories.

Nominations close on 18 September 2022 at 23:59 (GMT+8). The judges will start scoring to select the final 100.

Criteria

Only applicants that have a made meaningful impact on Southeast Asia’s tech scene between July 2021 and June 2022 will be selected. Nominees must be headquartered in Southeast Asia.

Categories

Trailblazers are Series B to pre-IPO companies that have played an essential role in driving technological innovation in the region. By developing products that have broad coverage, good business performance, and notable influence, these firms continue to attract the attention of global competitors and investors, and are paving the way for the next generation of startups.

Entries are assessed based on four key areas:
– Innovativeness
– Product Coverage 
– Business Performance
– Influence and Reputation

Gamechangers made moves that set precedents or broke records, demonstrating to regional startups and other stakeholders where the bar can be. These enterprises continue to push the envelope as the Southeast Asian tech scene evolves.

Entries are assessed based on three key areas:
– Influence and impact of the event in Southeast Asia
– Stakeholders involved
– Scale of the event 

The Growth list includes promising early-stage startups that are developing unique and innovative products and solutions. These enterprises have raised funds up to Series B. Their trajectories suggest that they may bring about important changes in the markets where they operate.

Entries are assessed based on four key areas:
– Innovativeness
– Product Coverage
– Management and Investor Background
– Growth Potential

Enablers are SaaS companies that are providing crucial support to enterprises of every stripe. They are the cornerstone in the process of digitizing conventional businesses—an important step in modernizing the region’s overall economy.

Entries are assessed based on four key areas:
– Number of clients
– Quality of clients
– Commercial Achievement
– Growth Trajectory

Explorers are Chinese startups that have successfully ventured into the region and established a strong presence. Southeast Asia is home to important overseas markets for China-based tech firms. Overcoming cultural nuances, regulatory differences, and hurdles in localization requires adaptive mindsets and skill sets.

Entries are assessed based on four key areas:
– Influence of the company in China and overseas
– Product Quality
– Scale of Business
– Growth Potential 

Open Source highlights projects that have accelerated the region’s digitalization by giving other entities the tools they need to build new applications. By placing an emphasis on transparency, scalability, and ease of use, open-source projects are speeding up the region’s pace of technological advancement.

Entries are assessed based on five key areas:
– Size of Community
– Project Maturity
– Project Quality
– Team Strength
– Activeness in Development

The Frontiers category includes startups that are developing deeply technical products. This includes quantum computing, biotech and medical advancements, space tech, and other advanced solutions that may fundamentally disrupt the status quo, even if their vision seems out of this world.

Entries are assessed based on three key areas:
– Innovativeness
– Disruptive Potential
– Business Prospect

The Impact category comprises startups that have brought about significant grassroots-level advancements where they operate. These enterprises have socially driven missions and purpose, and may even be taking their models into new markets to improve more lives.

Entries are assessed based on three key areas:
– Business Mission
– Application
– Scalability

Investors are the backbone of growth for any business that is seeking to scale. By considering their assets under management, portfolio sizes, number of exits, and the overall value creation for regional startups, only investors that are leaving a lasting impact will be showcased.

Entries are assessed based on five key areas:
– Assets Under Management (AUM)
– Portfolio
– Successful Exits
– Number of Unicorns Invested
– Value-add

Launchpads such as educational institutions and incubators provide safe environments to nurture the next great startups, giving new entrepreneurs the chance to hone their ideas and business acumen before they step out on their own.

Entries are assessed based on three key areas:
– Support Rendered 
– Operational Outcomes
– Social Impact
– Value-add

Trailblazers are Series B to pre-IPO companies that have played an essential role in driving technological innovation in the region. By developing products that have broad coverage, good business performance, and notable influence, these firms continue to attract the attention of global competitors and investors, and are paving the way for the next generation of startups.

Entries are assessed based on four key areas:
– Innovativeness
– Product Coverage 
– Business Performance
– Influence and Reputation

Gamechangers made moves that set precedents or broke records, demonstrating to regional startups and other stakeholders where the bar can be. These enterprises continue to push the envelope as the Southeast Asian tech scene evolves.

Entries are assessed based on three key areas:
– Influence and impact of the event in Southeast Asia
– Stakeholders involved
– Scale of the event 

The Growth list includes promising early-stage startups that are developing unique and innovative products and solutions. These enterprises have raised funds up to Series B. Their trajectories suggest that they may bring about important changes in the markets where they operate.

Entries are assessed based on four key areas:
– Innovativeness
– Product Coverage
– Management and Investor Background
– Growth Potential

Enablers are SaaS companies that are providing crucial support to enterprises of every stripe. They are the cornerstone in the process of digitizing conventional businesses—an important step in modernizing the region’s overall economy.

Entries are assessed based on four key areas:
– Number of clients
– Quality of clients
– Commercial Achievement
– Growth Trajectory

Explorers are Chinese startups that have successfully ventured into the region and established a strong presence. Southeast Asia is home to important overseas markets for China-based tech firms. Overcoming cultural nuances, regulatory differences, and hurdles in localization requires adaptive mindsets and skill sets.

Entries are assessed based on four key areas:
– Influence of the company in China and overseas
– Product Quality
– Scale of Business
– Growth Potential 

Open Source highlights projects that have accelerated the region’s digitalization by giving other entities the tools they need to build new applications. By placing an emphasis on transparency, scalability, and ease of use, open-source projects are speeding up the region’s pace of technological advancement.

Entries are assessed based on five key areas:
– Size of Community
– Project Maturity
– Project Quality
– Team Strength
– Activeness in Development

The Open Source category is open for public nominations. Click here to nominate.

The Frontiers category includes startups that are developing deeply technical products. This includes quantum computing, biotech and medical advancements, space tech, and other advanced solutions that may fundamentally disrupt the status quo, even if their vision seems out of this world.

Entries are assessed based on three key areas:
– Innovativeness
– Disruptive Potential
– Business Prospect

The Frontiers category is open for public nominations. Click here to nominate.

The Impact category comprises startups that have brought about significant grassroots-level advancements where they operate. These enterprises have socially driven missions and purpose, and may even be taking their models into new markets to improve more lives.

Entries are assessed based on three key areas:
– Business Mission
– Application
– Scalability

The Impact category is open for public nominations. Click here to nominate.

Investors are the backbone of growth for any business that is seeking to scale. By considering their assets under management, portfolio sizes, number of exits, and the overall value creation for regional startups, only investors that are leaving a lasting impact will be showcased.

Entries are assessed based on five key areas:
– Assets Under Management (AUM)
– Portfolio
– Successful Exits
– Number of Unicorns Invested
– Value-add

The Investors category is not open for public nominations.

Launchpads such as educational institutions and incubators provide safe environments to nurture the next great startups, giving new entrepreneurs the chance to hone their ideas and business acumen before they step out on their own.

Entries are assessed based on three key areas:
– Support Rendered 
– Operational Outcomes
– Social Impact
– Value-add

The Launchpad category is not open for public nominations.

Schedule

August 3, 2022

Nominations open for Growth, Impact, Enablers, Open Source, and Frontiers categories.

September 18, 2022

Nominations close at 23:59h (GMT+8), the judges will start scoring to pick the final 10×10 companies.

4 November 2022

Results will be announced at the annual Apsara Conference held offline in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Click here for more details.

Panel Judges

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JOSEPH KHONG

ACE, Head of Communications and Engagement

HAO TRAN

Vietcetera,
CEO

GARY KHOENG

Vertex Ventures SEAI, Partner

FRANCO VARONA

Foxmont Capital Partners, Managing Partner

EUGENE TANG

SCMP,
Business Editor

DR. DEREK WANG

Alibaba Cloud SG,
General Manager

BRIDGE SONG

Alibaba Cloud Intelligence,
General Manager

AMIR KARIMUDDIN

DailySocial.id,
Chief Editor

ALVIN CAHYADI

AC Ventures,
VP of Investments

SELINA YUAN

Alibaba Cloud Intelligence,
International President

ROBYN TAN

KrASIA,
Managing Director

MOHAN BELANI

e27,
Co-founder

NG KAIJIE

IMDA,
Innovation Director

LUAT SIHOMBING

KOMINFO,
Team Leader

LEON CHEN

Alibaba Cloud ID, MY and VN,
General Manager

KUN HUANG

Alibaba Cloud Intelligence MY, General Manager

KATRINA CHAN

QBO Innovation Hub, Executive Director

KARAMJIT SINGH

Digital News Asia,
Founder

JEFFREY SEAH

Quest Ventures,
Partner

TRA HOANG

VSV Capital,
Managing Partner

THOMAS TSAO

Gobi Partners,
Co-founder

TENGKU ARIEF MUBIIN

MDEC,
Lead for Fintech, Accelerator & Venture Building
Alvin Cahyadi
AC Ventures,
VP of Investments
Amir Karimuddin
DailySocial.id,
Chief Editor
BRIDGE SONG
Alibaba Cloud Intelligence,
General Manager
Dr. Derek Wang
Alibaba Cloud SG,
General Manager
Eugene Tang
SCMP,
Business Editor
Franco Varona
Foxmont Capital, Managing Partner
Gary Khoeng
Vertex Ventures SEAI, Partner
Hao Tran
Vietcetera,
CEO
Joseph Khong
ACE, Head of Communications and Engagement
Jeffrey Seah
Quest Ventures,
Partner
Karamjit Singh
Digital News Asia,
Founder
Katrina Chan
QBO Innovation Hub, Executive Director
Kun Huang
Alibaba Cloud Intelligence MY,
General Manager
Leon Chen
Alibaba Cloud ID, MY, and VN
General Manager
Luat Sihombing
KOMINFO,
Team Leader
Mohan Belani
e27,
Co-founder
Ng Kaijie
IMDA,
Innovation Director
Robyn Tan
KrASIA,
Managing Director
Selina Yuan
Alibaba Cloud Intelligence,
International President
Tengku Arief Mubiin
MDEC, Lead for Fintech, Accelerator & Venture Building
Thomas Tsao
Gobi Partners,
Co-founder
Tra Hoang
VSV Capital,
Managing Partner

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