It is time for entrepreneurship to go beyond its trope of being one for the privileged – or exclusively for those living in Silicon Valley.

With a vision to reduce the degrees of separation between entrepreneurs globally, Techstars is set to make entrepreneurship more accessible by connecting founders from 905 cities across 6 continents, and established itself as a global ecosystem platform with an accelerator programme, venture capital arm, and global series of events and media platforms.

With 90% of its accelerator companies still active or acquired, having received over US $3B in total funding and almost US $8B in marketing capital – Techstars has always been one to watch.

Techstars partners with Echelon to solidify APAC expansion

In alignment, e27, with a goal of facilitating market entry and access across Southeast Asia, is set to address the key missing ingredients of ecosystem building. With e27’s extensive SEA platform and Techstars’ insights and networks, startups can join Echelon and benefit from a combined mission to rally communities, solve fragmentation, democratise access, and celebrate diversity in Southeast Asia 2017 and beyond. This is done through providing startups (no matter where or when) with access to insights, connections, talent and funding online on and offline at Echelon conferences.

“As we wrapped up our first Community Leaders Academy event in Malaysia together with MaGIC last week, we saw the region’s community builders come together to mark the beginning of an exciting leadership programme the Techstars team has planned”, says Oko Davaasuren, ‎Director of APAC Startup Programmes at Techstars. “Likewise, we look forward to bringing the region’s ecosystem builders to the Echelon series all across Southeast Asia as well.

Techstars’ partnership with MaGIC is designed not only to increase the level of entrepreneurial activity and new company creation in Malaysia but also to develop Malaysia as a global startup hub and a center of activity for Southeast Asia.

Just like Techstars, e27 believes that great entrepreneurs are everywhere and we want to help grow communities around the world by helping entrepreneurs build their businesses wherever they live. And yes – even Penang, Malaysia, a fitting city to kickstart this partnership!

How can startups tap on Echelon’s 2017 Roadmap with Techstars?

We hope to shine a spotlight with conversations around these topics as we work together towards providing global access to SEA entrepreneurs, and likewise, SEA entrepreneurs to global opportunities. As long as you are part of the community, we want you represented. Join us at the following Echelon pitstops this year to access:

  1. Insights: Chat and get guidance from hundreds of industry leaders and experts at Startup-only workshops and sharing sessions. Learn first hand from global TechStars representatives how you and your startup can give and gain from the key ingredients of fostering a thriving startup ecosystem: talent, density (intersection of great minds), culture, capital, and regulatory environment.
  2. Connections: Every 2 of 5 entrepreneurs and professionals joining us at every Echelon fly in to explore market access and expansion opportunities. This is your chance to find a strategic partner for your next business move.
  3. Talent: From 500 to 5,000 strong, our attendees form a curated pool of passionate, talented individuals to hire from or get hired by.
  4. Funding: With Echelon’s TOP100 programme relaunched and powered by startup-investor matching tool Echelon Connect, Asia’s most promising startups can now fundraise all year around, kickstart conversations months before andafter any conference, and make the most of their time.

About Echelon

Echelon is a conference and digital insights, connections, talent and funding platform to empower startups, investors and corporates to build and grow their businesses across APAC. Exclusively for this week of launch, enjoy 27% off your Startup pass for Echelon Thailand (Bangkok, May 15-16) and Echelon Asia Summit (Singapore, June 28-29).