About the awards

The Rice Bowl Startup Awards celebrates rising startups that are worthy of regional awareness and presence, uses technology and modern business strategies to deliver their service offerings.

Why call it the "Rice Bowl"? →

Celebrating the best startups in asean this nov 2015

Announcement of Finalists - 15 Oct, 2015

View all 2015 Finalists →

Cross-sector awards

Exciting and tangible products or services with great potential

Technopreneurs are in the prime position to tap into this growing market, particulary in web and mobile endeavours.

Ashran Dato' GhaziAshran Dato' Ghazi
Chairman, New Entrepreneurs Foundation


Young Entrepreneurs Inspiring Lives through Adversities

Resilience for innovation →


The Southeast Asia is home to one of the most vibrant and thriving tech industry in the world.

  • Malaysia Host
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Asean tech in numbers

633 Million people across 10 countries

$2.4 trillion GDP in 2015

48% of asean
under 35 years of age

194 million new & emerging internet users by 2020

110% mobile
among ASEAN consumers

$22 Billion in e-commerce sales

For a young country, Malaysia has quite an extensive history of building its own innovation ecosystem. The time has now arrived to scale to greater heights.

—Innovation is Everywhere,
Malaysia as a Startup Hub! What are the next steps?

If you are thinking of doing a B2C ecommerce startup in ASEAN countries, the opportunity is huge but with challenges.

—Tech In Asia,
The ecommerce opportunity in ASEAN

We provide an extended platform towards nurturing startups and was intended to take these newly emerging companies to the next level of growth.

MDeC launches ‘MSC Malaysia for Startups’ to push country to be startup hub

Initiated By
nbos mof Kementerian asean GEW
Organized By
Strategic Partner
UMCIC Maybank microsoft My Bulk Print
Creative Partners
melinda looi UCT
Audit Partner
the spark
Official Hotel
Royale Chulan
Venture Management Partner
Infinite Ventures
Media Partners
Amamz Aquila Malaysia Reserve Thailand Startup
Community Partners
brand geeks cradle Cyberview mad incubator mdec myharapan mypaa nef startup my ustart WIEF watchtower wena C Asean Bangkok Ent Digital Kawai Hubba geeks in cambodja ideaspace iglu Lithan startup mm startup jobs startup thailand startup vn the spark webmob