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Announcement: In light of industry transformation resulting from the current pandemic, the upcoming IMDEX Asia 2021 will be rescheduled to 27 – 29 July 2021. Find out more >

What’s Next @ IMDEX ASIA

Highlights

Budding start-ups and their revolutionary technologies are shaking up the landscape across various sectors. Embracing these innovators as potential growth drivers of the industry, IMDEX Asia will launch its own version of What’s Next with a focus on areas of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Cyber Security.

Beyond pitching to potential investors and accelerators, What’s Next serves as a unique platform for them to interact with industry heavyweights, share ideations and establish new business development leads.

The inaugural showcase was successfully launched at Singapore Airshow 2018 and it featured nearly 70 start-ups from 9 countries. The showcase will continue to offer an ideal launch-pad for aspiring entrepreneurs to showcase their latest innovation and explore opportunities in the maritime, defence and security market.

WHOM YOU CAN EXPECT TO MEET
1

TOP 100 DEFENCE
COMPANIES

-Lockheed Martin
-Thales
-Leonardo
-Naval Group
-Raytheon
-ST Engineering
-Israel Aerospace Industries

2

DEFENCE

-Tri-services Chiefs
-Defence Ministry Officials
-Defence Systems Integrators

3

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES & REGULATORS

-Defence Science and Technology Agency
-Transport Ministry Officials
-Inspectors and Auditors

AREAS OF INTEREST

Start-ups with product or technology of interest to the companies in smart ports, maritime and naval defence sectors are welcome to participate. These sectors are some of the earliest adopter of technology, and current areas garnering great interest include:

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SOFTWARE

-Data analytics
-Cyber Security
-Robotics
-Artificial Intelligence
-Virtual/Augmented Reality
-Autonomous Systems

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HARDWARE

-Robotics
-Autonomous Systems
-Composites
-Alloys
-Additive Manufacturing

Eligibility

To qualify, the start-up must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Company must be incorporated after 2014
  • Annual revenue of not more than USD 500,000
  • Less than 50 employees
  • First-time exhibitor at IMDEX Asia

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If I were to give any advice to a startup, it would be to take any given opportunities. We attended What’s Next @ IMDEX Asia despite the fact that we were very short of resources and time and it really paid off because we won today which is absolutely fantastic!
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- Florie Mancel
Business Development Manager, Subnero
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Very positive experience at What’s Next @ IMDEX Asia. We were able to meet with a number of potential partners and clients.
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- Aaron Hilomen
CEO, Antipara Exploration