startups from 10 ASEAN countries will vie for a place to participate in “Pitch@Palace Global” at St. James’s Palace in London, UK this coming December. The 17 startups, covering a range of industries, were selected from nearly 100 applications from all ASEAN countries namely, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singa-pore, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam. Singapore and Thailand are being represented by 3 startups each, while Indonesia, Malaysia and The Philippines have 2 startups, and the other countries are represented by 1 startup, respectively.

The 2-day “Pitch@Palace ASEAN” event is being hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) in Thailand in collaboration with Pitch@Palace Global for the first time in Bangkok in recognition of Thailand being the Chair of ASEAN this year. The event will consist of a Boot Camp on the 3rd November to be held at C ASEAN, and the main Pitch event on the 4th of November will take place at the IMAX Theatre@IconSiam.

“We are very honored to have HRH The Duke of York preside over this prestigious event in Bangkok, and are heartened by the enthusiastic response from entrepreneurs in the ASEAN region to participate in the Pitch@Palace ASEAN. We are also extremely grateful to Siam Pi-wat and Thai Bev in partnering with us to ensure a successful and memorable event”, said Da-to Steve Cheah, President of GEN Thailand. “4th November is going to be very exciting to see who goes to the Global Finals in London on December 11th as it will be the audience who will determine the winners!”, he added.

Initiated by HRH The Prince Andrew, Duke of York in London in 2014, “Pitch@Palace” aims to support entrepreneurs in accelerating their ventures by providing a platform for them to pre-sent and connect to an audience of influencers, investors and experts across different indus-tries. Since its inception, Pitch@Palace has reached 64 countries, helped 1,042 start-up busi-nesses, created 6,323 new jobs and generated over GBP1,119 million of new economic activity. In addition, the survival rate for Pitch@Palace Alumni companies is 97%.

For further information on the “Pitch@Palace ASEAN”, please visit www.gethai.org or www.pitchatpalace.com

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