Monsoon’s just ended. The storm’s gone. With the clearing up of the sky everybody in anticipation of the election seem to have just come out of their hiding place in order to pour in their investments to Myanmar in good measure. This can be seen by the events featuring pitches by startups at various stages.
This would be a guide for you to know where you might hear the pitches.
All happening in November, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the first of international events to happen right after the historic elections of 2015, features four of the mentioned events.
Phandeeyar’s Startup Challenge
A weeklong challenge open to any stage of startup, but more useful for people with an idea stage. They will go through with a Business Model Workshop and make you work on developing your idea into a workable business model in the end. The beauty of this is, you can show up with an idea and get paired up with someone else to form a team even if you don’t have anything in place.
This is a good program to go through if you are passionate about entrepreneurship but clueless about what it entails. More details on their Facebook Page. Starts on 13th Nov and ends with pitches to the jury on 22nd.
Participants are free to work at Phandeeyar offices during weekdays. Contact [email protected] for registration.
Meet the Yangon Angel Investors
An invite only event with pre-qualified angels and startups. Yangon Angels is a group of angel investors who have interest in Yangon based startups. The event aims to let the angels meet the startups in more private one-to-one meetings. Startups can expect a more serious look into their ventures without the prying eyes of the public.
17th Nov. 5pm — 6.30pm. Location: Mingalar Hall, UMFCCI.
Register with [email protected] to attend.
CoStruct Seedstars Yangon
A global pitching event co-organized by CoStruct (a maker space) and Seedstars (a pitch platform) the winner will fly to Switzerland for a global competition. The competing startups should have a minimum viable product but are less than 2 years old and have not raised more than $500,000 in funding.
Pitches are on 19th Nov, 6:30–9PM, at Building Market’s Training Room.
The Project Hub’s Startup Stage
The startups’ open mic event. No restrictions are placed but registration is required (closed on 19th Oct), the event will allow startups to get connected, get noticed and collect feedback. The event is open to all.
November 21st, 2pm — 4pm, New Treasure Art Gallery, 84A Than Lwin Road, Golden Valley.
Channel News Asia Start-UP
CNA’s docu-reality TV series will tour to Yangon along with three investor judges. Last year during the airing of season 2 of the show, Myanmar’s code2lab went to Singapore to compete with the other regional startups. They were the only ones to be offered an investment by the investors of the TV show. This year should be equally exciting for Myanmar startups.
The only catch is that the pitching event is not happening during GEW. The organizers have yet to confirm the Yangon date. It is believed to be happening towards the end of November.