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Thailand Supports Digital Entrepreneurs to Cultivate Innovations

Thailand organised discussions to share ideas and insights among the various parties involved in the digital startup ecosystem in Thailand. Digital advancements were discussed at a meeting between Dr Chinawut Chinaprayoon, Executive Vice President of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa), and representatives from the Institute for Digital Startup Promotion and the Lower Northern Branch office in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai and Province of Phitsanulok.

Dr Chinawut convened a meeting with senior executives and professors from the faculties of engineering and the lower northern science park at Naresuan University, the faculty of engineering and the lower north science park at Phibunsongkhram Rajabhat University, and a group of young businessmen from the Phitsanulok Chamber of Commerce (YEC Phitsanulok).

To that end, Depa is prepared to give full attention to boosting local businesses and bolstering local entrepreneurs. Dr Chinawut emphasised the need to work together to define problems and goals to move forward as a team towards increasing digital technology exports at the national level.

Depa provided resources, such as guidance, measure and financing, to help and promote digital startup firms. The seed money aims to help new business owners get their operations up and running so they can start selling their wares to customers. The agency also provides Depa with a digital service that helps advertise, expand into new markets, and test new products. To further boost the acquisition of clients and target groups at the spot, they also developed a depa mini-Transformation Voucher.

While to encourage digital entrepreneurship growth, depa created a digital entrepreneur competition, HACKaTHAILAND 2023. Depa managed the HACKaTHAILAND 2023 competition roadshow to showcase digital initiatives and innovation in the country’s lower northern region. About 13 digital startups are competing, representing various industries and technology. To the qualified judges, they exhibit prototypes of digital solutions that will be developed to fulfil the needs of the digital economy and society. The judges come from various backgrounds, including the academic setting, startup organisations, startup founders, and the corporate world.

The judges are Ratchawut Pichayaphan, Founder of Fixi Co., Ltd.; Thanawit Tonkanya, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Horganai Limited; Sarawut Sattayawee, Assistant to the President Department of International Relations and Technology Transfer Naresuan University; Thanapat Rakpaisate.

Five further iterations of the HACKaTHAILAND 2023 Roadshow are scheduled to take place. Three rising star teams from the lower north area are qualified for the August final round of ideas competition in Bangkok.

1. The ATTRA group Digital business card-style authentication and identification platform ATTRA CARD. It has infinite potential for its new positions as a Portfolio Storage and is helpful to centralise your contacts and activity logs.

2. The Experience is a Service Marketplace for jobs, events, and other services, and it also lets people exchange knowledge in their preferred roles. Assist in shaping how each student achieves their full academic potential by focusing on developing individualised intellectual abilities and competencies, allowing for more leeway in the classroom and using study results and their interpretation.

3. DeliConn: A Reconciling Delivery Platform A method that speeds up the reconciliation process and saves accountants’ time. Thailand has been working to strengthen its internal manufacturing management and reduce waste and industrial production using digital technology solutions. DEPA and a national bank organised Digital Smart Manufacturing (DSM) training to help businesses learn the fundamentals of digital manufacturing.

The programme is meant to help Thailand achieve its goal of becoming a “Digital Thailand” by the year 2037. The country’s digital growth policy and plan were unveiled at a global conference held in Barcelona, Spain. The national programme is meant to propel the digitalisation of the economic and social strategy for 2018-2037.


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