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Opportunities in Southeast Asia’s Tech Landscape


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is on the way to becoming a world-leading economic bloc, with a stable and rapidly developing economy predicted to surpass the EU and become the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2030.

In recent years, ASEAN has emerged as a hub for tech innovation. The internet economy has more than tripled in size over the last four years, reaching a value of $100 billion in 2019 and expected to grow to $300 billion by 2025, thanks to the increasingly highly connected and smartphone-driven communities.

The unique propositions of ASEAN and its rapid growth as an economic bloc are creating significant demand for new tech. With around 650 million people, more than a third of which are under 30, there is a significant (and highly connected) population of consumers, whilst businesses across the region are keen to increase their productivity through greater adoption of digital services and applications.

Join this webinar as a part of London Tech Week to get the latest insights on the ASEAN tech landscape, its opportunities and resources UK companies can utilise to get started in this exciting market.


Opening Remarks by Natalie Black CBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific.

Keynote Address by Eddie Thai, General Partner of 500 Startups Vietnam on What stands behind ASEAN’s remarkable growth? What are the opportunities that the ASEAN’s digital economy has to offer?

Panel discussion on How can ASEAN drive its digital economy forward? What are the opportunities in ASEAN for tech businesses post-COVID? How can the UK tech strengths help ASEAN businesses? What are the in-market challenges? What are the top tips for working with ASEAN?

Panellists include:

  • Amarit Charoenphan, ASEAN Director, Impact Collective; Chief International Officer of Techsauce and Co-founder of HUBBA Thailand
  • Tanya Suárez, CEO and Co-founder of IoT Tribe
  • Loan Pham, CTO of NashTech

Followed by the launch of the UK-ASEAN Digital Business Challenge by Jenny Lang, Interim Head of Innovation, Sunderland Software City

This exciting pilot programme – delivered by Sunderland Software City and DIT, working with the UK Tech Cluster Group – seeks to uncover tough government or business challenges from across ASEAN, and open these up to UK digital tech businesses to develop innovative solutions. Learn about this tried and tested process, hear examples of previous case studies and find out how you can apply to take part.

Register in the link below.

Further Reading

Joint statement on UK – ASEAN Economic Dialogue announcing the UK-ASEAN Digital Business Challenge.


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