As rice is a staple diet among Asians, so is technology for fuelling businesses of the future. The Rice Bowl Startup Awards is the first ASEAN awards that celebrate rising startups that harness technology innovatively to propel their business regionally.

The Rice Bowl honours rising startups that:

  • Embrace mobility by harnessing technology, especially in web or mobile, in redefining business strategies
  • Promise high growth potential and are worthy of a regional shout-out


To celebrate ASEAN’s successful startups that will push new frontiers into the global digital tech race. The award is reflective of ASEAN’s sustained efforts in recognizing the contributions of its people in promoting inclusivity and diversity as businesses become borderless and impact the way people work, collaborate and innovate.


Rice Bowl Winners are selected based on “excellence in overall experience” by a panel of distinguished international industry experts, celebrity technology innovators and illustrious entrepreneurs.


Top 30 Finalists get:

  • Startup media coaching
  • Regional media exposure
  • Matched with interested VCs and investors

Top 10 Winners get:

  • The Rice Bowl Trophy
  • Bragging Rights

Key Dates to Look Out For

  • June 1 : Call for Regional Nominations
  • Oct 1 : Announcement of Top 30 Finalists
  • Nov 22 : The Inaugural Rice Bowl Startup Awards

You may check out all the key dates here.

About the New Entrepreneurs Foundation

New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF) is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on creating and developing sustainable entrepreneurs via strategic developmental programs. MyNEF designs and caters programs with entrepreneurs in mind, helping them achieve their business goals. For more information, visit

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