The Asia Pacific Telecom 5G Challenge 2022 demo day features 9 leading startups in the region and selects the top 5 winners
In the industry vertical of 5G and broader information and communications technology, it is integral to expand and strengthen networks and connections, not only for bolstering infrastructure but also for leveraging talent. As part of its endeavour to continue collaborating with the next cohort of 5G innovators, Taiwan-based Asia Pacific Telecom 5G (APT 5G) Accelerator returns in 2022 and recently concluded their demo day last May 26.
This edition’s APT 5G Accelerator demo day featured a diverse range of startups, from B2B solution providers to face recognition technology. These startups represent some of the most exciting new players, ushering in a new era of innovation not only within the Taiwan startup ecosystem but as well as across the Asia Pacific and beyond.
The first prize-winning startup has received NTD250,000 (USD8,500), a trophy, and a certificate. Four other startup teams received a POC Verify prize for their 5G artificial intelligence of things application, receiving NTD50,000 (USD1,700), a trophy, and a certificate, per team.
Asia Pacific Telecom 5G Accelerator winners
Below are the five winning teams for this cohort:
First prize: Tenderdigi is building a solution to assist in regulating emotional and psychological challenges in children and adults, specifically those who have issues with hyperactivity and difficulty in sleeping, through the sensing of brainwaves.
The other startups that made it into the top five are:
Seashore Networks is a B2B startup providing solutions that offer better connectivity and security through their software. Compared to the more mainstreamed WiFi technology, their solution is easily upgradeable with broader coverage.
Asiania is building a full-stack platform for event organising that can host events and guide event organisers throughout the process, incorporating the use of augmented and virtual reality in its technology roadmap for a higher fidelity event experience.
Yunpin offers technology with better telepresence, allowing for higher quality cross-border communications for businesses to stay connected by way of 360-degree cameras, on top of the usual speaker and microphone.
MyWay Tech offers seamless integration for its clients and users, through face recognition technology, AI bot integration, application development and thermal technology. It provides customizability to its clients, improving business decision-making and integration of systems processes.
Everyone’s a winner with access to resources
The other startups that pitched in the demo day event are Mishkan Limited, It’s Alive Studio, Fantopy and Quest Edtech. Details on the other pitching startups can be found here.
As in its support to winning startups in 2021, the winners of this cohort get the opportunity to access APT 5G Accelerator resources such as a 5G lab to further develop their solutions, connection opportunities with partners, and digital platform resources to market their products, as well as support to expand in Taiwan including cash bonuses up to NT$250,000.
These startups are receiving guidance in establishing international partnerships and market expansion initiatives. With 5G+AIoT as the central theme, the interrelated tech focus areas for this competition are virtual reality (VR), cloud software, Internet of Things (IoT), and big data, across industry applications in education, entertainment and gaming.
The judges for the 2022 APT 5G Accelerator demo day are Mark Cheng, APT 5G Startup Project Manager at APT 5G Accelerator, Melvin Jeffrey C. Chan, VP and Head of Enterprise Innovations and IoT Business Development at PLDT, Bookyung Kim, Associate at KK Fund, Jeremy Soh, Investment Associate at Qualgro VC, Kevin Wu, Chief Operations Officer at NuMiner, Jack Yang, Business Development Director of Greater China at TMY Technology Inc. and Jeff Chuang, Investment Manager at AVA Angels.
Several organisations have made the support and progress of the APT 5G Accelerator possible. Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) is a wireless telecom leader and the first telco to bring 5G services to Taiwan. They have partnered with the Philippines’ largest telco, PLDT, and Singapore based venture capital firms, Qualgro and KKFund.
As it incubates startup ventures in the 5G space, the program also matches 5G startups with businesses and investors to promote innovation and cross-border exchange of ideas and creative talent, thereby expanding opportunities in the industry. This makes the accelerator an ideal springboard for deep tech startups to demonstrate their 5G solutions and execute their proof-of-concept testing and verification, through the resources provided by APT and its international organisational partners.
APT has continued to open regional opportunities for startups in the 5G space, fortifying collaboration among innovators and pushing technological frontiers forward. Learn more about the APT 5G accelerator through their official website.
This article is produced by the e27 team, sponsored by AsiaIOA