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Our annual startup competition is back with a vengeance, just as our customers will be after more than a year of restrictions on our lives and movements.


We know every disruption brings with it great innovation and so we’re using this moment to seek out the best ideas that have either emerged out of Covid or been accelerated by it.


We are looking for entries from entrepreneurs from all over the globe, because today the world is our remote oyster. Our criteria is simple – startups up to five years old, with a minimum viable product.


Entries will be shortlisted by our panel of judges and up to 12 shortlisted startups will pitch on October 19 at WiT Experience Singapore 2021. The winner of the competition will be announced at the Grand Finals on October 20 and have the opportunity to present in person during the 5 minutes in the Spotlight session at The Phocuswright Conference in Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood, Florida, November 15-17, 2021.


Startups have the opportunity to get up to US$250,000 worth of AWS credits and technical support through the AWS Activate program.


Entires are now closed.


Adam Flinter

Managing Partner, Golden Equator Consulting

Bennett Lee

Investment Director, Velocity Ventures

David Peller

Managing Director, Travel & Hospitality, Amazon Web Services

Derrick Chiang

CEO, Padang & Co

Frédéric Barou

Senior Vice President, Online Travel Companies, Asia Pacific, Amadeus

Honnus Cheung

TMT Innovation Advisor & Entrepreneur

James Marshall

VP, Global Transport Services, Expedia Group

Johnny Thorsen

VP, Strategy & Innovation, American Express Digital Labs

Kei Shibata

CEO, Venture Republic - TRAVEL.jp & Trip101

Kenichi Shibata

COO, Venture Republic Inc.

Khang Nguyen Trieu

Group Chief Technology Architect, Accor

Laura Houldsworth

VP & Managing Director APAC, Booking.com

Minjia Wu

Principal, SOSV

Nicholas Cocks

Founder & Managing Partner, Velocity Ventures

Paulina Klotzbücher

Group Chief Commercial Officer, Travelstart

Timothy Hughes

Vice President, Corporate Development, Agoda

Timothy O’Neil Dunne

Principal, 777 Partners