Bangkok’s startup scene is flourishing with an abundance of entrepreneurs eager to tap into the Southeast Asian market. And with the economy showing signs of recovery, the region is seeing an increase in startup ventures bringing innovative products and services to market.
Coworking spaces are popping up across the city and regular startup events offer networking opportunities and forums for people to pitch ideas or showcase their latest ventures. The following are 13 of the best and brightest coming out of Bangkok for 2016.
Through the golfdigg app, users are able to book slots at golf courses throughout Thailand with considerable last-minute discounts.
With household debt in Thailand skyrocketing, Piggipo has designed an invaluable app that enables users to better manage their finances by tracking credit card spending.
Aimed at individuals and small businesses, SKOOTAR’s app connects users to fast and reliable motorbike messengers nearby for pickup and delivery of small packages and documents. The app provides tracking and allows users to rate the messenger.
A mobile app that aims to simplify investment, StockRadars analyzes data from the Stock Exchange of Thailand and uses its radars to filter stock based on the user’s chosen criteria.
Wishbeer provides premium nationwide beer delivery at less-than-premium prices. Since winning Echelon Thailand’s title of ‘Thailand’s Most Promising Startup’ in 2014, Wishbeer has more than doubled in size.
ClaimDi is a free mobile app that simplifies automobile insurance claims. Users can simply shake their phone next to the other party’s phone to get minor claims instantly approved, send photos to their insurance company and request insurance surveyors or roadside assistance.
Designed with small business owners in mind, FlowAccount is a simple cloud-based accounting system with free and premium pricing plans.
Getting off the beaten track in Bangkok is now easier than ever with Very Local Trip. The platform enables locals to create their own tour or experience for travelers to book, giving the traveler a chance to see a side of the city they otherwise wouldn’t.
GIZTIX is a logistics marketplace for buying and selling transportation services. It allows companies as well as individuals with their own vehicle to sign up as transporters and enables shippers to easily compare prices.
SocialGiver allows consumers to support community projects in Thailand with each purchase. Customers purchase “Giftcards” (online vouchers) from some of Thailand’s leading brands and 100% of the profit is donated to the project of the buyer’s choice.
Backed by well-known entrepreneur Mary Buffet, Jitta is a tool for investors that uses its own algorithm to rank stocks and simplify investing decisions. For now users access their account through the Jitta website but there are plans to launch a mobile app soon.
GetLinks is a tech recruitment platform, connecting jobseekers with top tech businesses. Candidates are pre-screened and the top 10% of profiles are selected to interview with GetLinks’ very own talent coach for upping their game and reaching full potential.
Winner of the “Digital/Online Startup of the Year” category at the 2015 Rice Bowl Startup Awards, Eatigo is a restaurant reservation platform that offers patrons real-time discounts. With even greater savings during off-peak hours, Eatigo helps restaurants fill tables that would otherwise be empty.
Bangkok has always been a city that cultivates creativity and encourages innovation. With a low cost of living and a wealth of resources, the local tech startup ecosystem is poised for sustained growth over the coming years.