NexTech: Turning telcos into techcos in collaboration with startups

Tuesday, 14 March 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stage: Transform

The NexTech startup program connects startups with CSPs and technology suppliers to strengthen the ecosystem and inspire the next wave of innovation and growth. The program provides access to global tech leaders to ignite conversations and build partnerships that enable startups to scale and corporations to find new opportunities along the innovation journey.

Come and join us for a thrilling session to discover how corporates can lean on startups to ignite their innovation cycle as well as to discover innovative startups working to help build the telecommunications sector of the future, and be part of the transformation wave to help any telco become a real techco. 

The session will commence as follows:

Intro about NexTech programme and session 
Janelle Morse, VP, Events, Research & Media, TM Forum

Panel discussion: Innovating in collaboration with startups
Corporates have the expertise and resources. Startups have the agility and focus, but blending the collaboration of these two different paced organizations can be quite a challenge.
During the session, the speakers will discuss, based on their first-hand experience, best practice and concrete learnings on the key points for corporates to establish successful collaboration with startups to foster their own growth and market opportunities and shift the future of the telco industry. 
Moderator: Dr Tobias Endress, Director, Startup Grind Bangkok; Assistant Professor, AIT School of Management; Program Director for Business Analytics & Digital Transformation
Mahesh Kasar, SVP, Global Indirect Channel Sales / VP & Head of APAC Sales, Rakuten Symphony Inc.
Nok Suvithyasiri, Industry Digital Strategist – Telco & Media, Microsoft 
Bronwynne Stoddart, CEO, iKue

NexTech pitching competition 
Discover the startups working to shape the future of the telecommunications industry part of the transformation wave to help any telco become a real techco. 
Each startup will only have 6 minutes to pitch and answer the questions of an experts committee, who will then decide the NexTech winner of DTW Asia 2023.

Start up presentations:
Natalia Mykhaylova, CEO, WeavAir
Sahan Hannadige, EVP, InSync Information Technologies
Vaibhav Mehta, Founder & Director,
Phuwarat Norchoovech, Chief Executive Officer, UpPass
Panachit Kittipanya-ngam, CEO/Co-Founder, Ztrus

Jury panel:
Raymond Chee, Chief Strategy Officer, Arogo Capital Acquisition Corp.
Etienne Rieuneau, Head of Business Development, Head of Connector Unit, DFDL 

Closing remarks
Janelle Morse, VP, Events, Research & Media, TM Forum


Etienne Rieuneau

Head of Business Development, Head of Connector Unit

Janelle Morse

VP, Events, Research & Media
TM Forum

Mahesh Kasar

SVP, Global Indirect Channel Sales / VP&Head of APAC Sales
Rakuten Symphony

Natalia Mykhaylova


Nicha Suebwonglee

Venture Capital Business Development Manager, Thailand / Philippines / ASEAN

Nok Suvithyasiri

Industry Digital Strategist – Telco & Media

Panachit Kittipanya-ngam


Phuwarat Norchoovech

Chief Executive Officer

Raymond Chee

Chief Strategy Officer
Arogo Capital Acquisition

Sahan Hannadige


Tobias Endress

Startup Grind Bangkok

Vaibhav Mehta

Founder & Director
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