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10 THINGS INVESTORS &
FOUNDERS NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT THE THAI STARTUP
ECOSYSTEM
#1: THERE’S BEEN SOME GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS…
Sources:

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/world-news/thailand-bans-motorbike-hailing-services-of-uber-and-grab/259935/

https://www.techinasia.com/thailand-fund-startups

http://venturebeat.com/2016/05/16/why-thailands-military-coup-is-great-for-the-countrys-mobile-gaming/
#2: BUT THE FUNDAMENTALS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN STRONG
67M population – not fragmented
147% mobile penetration from 107% in 2010
49% Smartphone penetration
83M 3G subscribers
35M Facebook users spending avg. 2.35 hrs per day
24M active mobile app users (37% of total population
access mobile applications every day)
496M photos uploaded in 2014, highest in the world
Mobile subscribers 99M vs fixed 5.6M
#3: VENTURE INVESTMENTS IN THAILAND HAVE BEEN SMALL
http://bit.ly/thaiecosystemreport2016
#4: YET THERE’S BEEN MANY BIG EXITS, MOSTLY VIA M&A
http://techsauce.co/en/news-en/startup-as-new-economic-warrior-new/
#5: 500 STARTUPS INVESTED IN ALMOST HALF OF ALL DEALS
#6: CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL & VENTURE BUILDER IS ALL THE RAGE
$150 M from TRUE, CP GROUP 

($50B ANNUAL REV) TO EXPAND ACROSS SEA
$9.1 M from BTS GROUP HLDGS

($250M ANNUAL REV)
FIRST APP BUILT BY LINE DEV TEAM
$15 M from Central Group 

($7.5B ANNUAL REV) 

RUMOURED TO BE ACQUIRED FOR 10M
#7: FINTECH, FINTECH, FINTECH…
$50 M USD

VENTURE FUND
$140 M USD ANNUALLY
to develop new IT
$55 M USD

SME PRIVATE EQUITY TRUST FUND COMING SOON
#8: BUT ECOMMERCE & ENABLERS ARE STILL KING
#9: STARTUPS IS FINALLY MAINSTREAM IN THAILAND
Startup
Exhibitors
0
40
80
120
160
2015 2016
x5
#10: THAI STARTUPS ARE GOING REGIONAL & GLOBAL
business (B2B) construction 

e-commerce platform
40% investment Millcon Steel



Expanding to Indonesia
end-to-end e-commerce solution
20% investment from DKSH
Expanding to Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore and Vietnam
#10: THAI STARTUPS ARE GOING REGIONAL & GLOBAL
360° Virtual Reality Advertising Platform
Backed by Y-Combinator & Andreessen
Horowitz
Global from day 1
Intelligent finance platform with concept
“ Buy a Wonderful company 

at a Fair Price”
Providing financial analyses of the US,
Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and
Hongkong stock markets
BUT THE REAL SECRET SAUCE TO OUR SUCCESS IS…
… JUST KIDDING!
FIND OUT WHY THAILAND IS THE HOTTEST TECH ECOSYSTEM IN SEA
TECHSAUCE SUMMIT
www.techsaucesummit.co

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10 things you need to know about thai startup ecosystem 2016

  • 1. 10 THINGS INVESTORS & FOUNDERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE THAI STARTUP ECOSYSTEM
  • 2. #1: THERE’S BEEN SOME GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS… Sources:
 http://www.financialexpress.com/article/world-news/thailand-bans-motorbike-hailing-services-of-uber-and-grab/259935/
 https://www.techinasia.com/thailand-fund-startups
 http://venturebeat.com/2016/05/16/why-thailands-military-coup-is-great-for-the-countrys-mobile-gaming/
  • 3. #2: BUT THE FUNDAMENTALS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN STRONG 67M population – not fragmented 147% mobile penetration from 107% in 2010 49% Smartphone penetration 83M 3G subscribers 35M Facebook users spending avg. 2.35 hrs per day 24M active mobile app users (37% of total population access mobile applications every day) 496M photos uploaded in 2014, highest in the world Mobile subscribers 99M vs fixed 5.6M
  • 4. #3: VENTURE INVESTMENTS IN THAILAND HAVE BEEN SMALL http://bit.ly/thaiecosystemreport2016
  • 5. #4: YET THERE’S BEEN MANY BIG EXITS, MOSTLY VIA M&A http://techsauce.co/en/news-en/startup-as-new-economic-warrior-new/
  • 6. #5: 500 STARTUPS INVESTED IN ALMOST HALF OF ALL DEALS
  • 7. #6: CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL & VENTURE BUILDER IS ALL THE RAGE $150 M from TRUE, CP GROUP 
 ($50B ANNUAL REV) TO EXPAND ACROSS SEA $9.1 M from BTS GROUP HLDGS
 ($250M ANNUAL REV) FIRST APP BUILT BY LINE DEV TEAM $15 M from Central Group 
 ($7.5B ANNUAL REV) 
 RUMOURED TO BE ACQUIRED FOR 10M
  • 8. #7: FINTECH, FINTECH, FINTECH… $50 M USD
 VENTURE FUND $140 M USD ANNUALLY to develop new IT $55 M USD
 SME PRIVATE EQUITY TRUST FUND COMING SOON
  • 9. #8: BUT ECOMMERCE & ENABLERS ARE STILL KING
  • 10. #9: STARTUPS IS FINALLY MAINSTREAM IN THAILAND Startup Exhibitors 0 40 80 120 160 2015 2016 x5
  • 11. #10: THAI STARTUPS ARE GOING REGIONAL & GLOBAL business (B2B) construction 
 e-commerce platform 40% investment Millcon Steel
 
 Expanding to Indonesia end-to-end e-commerce solution 20% investment from DKSH Expanding to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam
  • 12. #10: THAI STARTUPS ARE GOING REGIONAL & GLOBAL 360° Virtual Reality Advertising Platform Backed by Y-Combinator & Andreessen Horowitz Global from day 1 Intelligent finance platform with concept “ Buy a Wonderful company 
 at a Fair Price” Providing financial analyses of the US, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Hongkong stock markets
  • 13. BUT THE REAL SECRET SAUCE TO OUR SUCCESS IS… … JUST KIDDING!
  • 14. FIND OUT WHY THAILAND IS THE HOTTEST TECH ECOSYSTEM IN SEA TECHSAUCE SUMMIT www.techsaucesummit.co