Four startups from Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Singapore are winners at Microsoft's inaugural Emerge X Regional Pitching Competition in the Asia Pacific.
79 startups were selected to join the Microsoft Emerge X program, including Alice Labs, Loop, PriyoShop, and Sigmind.ai from Bangladesh, said a press release.
As an Emerge X startup, they will participate in a year-long mentorship program with Microsoft for Startups, which is designed to help them scale and accelerate their growth. They will also receive GitHub and Azure credits, have the opportunity to attend a Founder Bootcamp for 3 days, gain access to enterprise clients globally through Microsoft's unique co-sell program, and interact with Microsoft experts and industry stalwarts.
"For the Asia Pacific to remain at the forefront of global transformation, it takes disruptors, visionaries, and futurists. There are no limits to what people can achieve when the world and technology reflect the diversity of everyone who uses it. This is why at Microsoft, we build technology so that others can create technology, and to be successful, we all need to come together," said Microsoft Asia Pacific President Andrea Della Mattea.
Afif Mohamed Ali, country managing director of Microsoft Bangladesh said, "These startups have the power to transform the nation and help it achieve the vision of Digital Bangladesh at a faster rate. I would like to congratulate all the Emerge X startups who have participated in the competition, especially the ones from Bangladesh. They all have shown immense resilience during the pandemic and are in the middle of turning to newer business channels by harnessing the power of technology. We are looking forward to nurturing all of them for a better tomorrow."
The 16 countries engaged in the program are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Abivin from Vietnam is an AI-powered platform that optimizes supply chains across multiple sectors by solving the vehicle routing problem. Lifetrack Medical Systems in the Philippines and Singapore is a cloud-based platform that provides affordable access to medical imaging in emerging markets. Agrithmics from Sri Lanka is a cloud-based solution that enriches the agri-industry by digitizing the farm to factory supply chain and connecting farmers and buyers. Milky Way Al from Singapore is an AI-powered smart retail solution leveraging image recognition technology to help retailers manage shelf inventory and maximise sales.