Goama, a mobile gaming platform, came out on top yesterday at the Cambodian edition of Echelon TOP100 APAC, which was held at boutique office building Raintree.
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The startup, which describes itself as the Netflix of games, went up against 20 other contestants, winning in the ‘judge’s choice’ category and earning the right to represent the country in the Echelon Asia Summit 2018, which will be taking place in Singapore in June.
“I am thrilled to be voted as the judge’s choice!” said Taro Araya, Goama’s CEO. “Getting the chance to pitch our business ideas to investors internationally will definitely broaden our networks overseas and help us gain financial support and recognition.”
The Echelon TOP100 programme seeks out the best early-stage tech startups in Asia and aims to enhance their network and funding opportunities. The Cambodian edition was organised with the support of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and mobile operator Smart Axiata. The event is sponsored by tech media platform e27.
Mohan Belani, e27’s CEO and co-founder, said Goama represents the immense potential that Cambodia has in the startup scene.
“Besides being part of the TOP100 APAC programme, I am sure the winners will attract interest from many investors during Echelon,” he said.
Four other startups receive awards in different categories. Spare, a service to simplify renting property, was named ‘fan favorite’ based on online votes, while BookMeBus, CamboTicket and Demine Robotics also received awards.
All of them earned access to exclusive workshops and networking events across Asia-Pacific, as well as an invitation to participate at this year’s Echelon Asia Summit.
Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt said, “Smart is honored to partner with e27 on this program that builds on the many initiatives that we have carried out to develop the kingdom’s vibrant local startup ecosystem.”
“Programmes such as this, with opportunities for international exposure, will certainly provide impetus to move to the next level,” Mr Hundt said.