The ASEAN-Korea Centre, together with the Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation, organized the final round of the ‘ASEAN-Korea Startup Week: Online Challenge’ on December 2nd-3rd 2020. The event has been sponsored by the Korean Ministry of SMEs and Startups since 2018 and this year, the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) has also extended its partnership to the program. During the two-day event, 18 startups from ASEAN and Korea pitched their business ideas and had virtual Q&A sessions with venture capitalists and accelerators from Korea and abroad. Four finalists, selected on the basis of their pitching and Q&A performance, were awarded during the ceremony on the second day.
The first place went to ‘Village Link’ of Myanmar, which provides a holistic platform for agricultural communities in Myanmar. ‘Coconut Silo’ of Korea which builds the ultimate platform to connect cargo owners, logistics companies, and truck drivers took the second place. ‘Doclink Indonesia’, which offers a mobile healthcare service to improve the quality of lives in rural areas took the third place. Fourth place went to ‘Shopping-D’ of Lao PDR, which provides opportunities for small business owners to sell their products on-line. The four awardees were granted cash prizes as well.