MIT Enterprise Forum Thailand is pleased to announce the three winners of the MITEF Thailand Startup Competition. The winners were determined during the Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship Thailand 2017 conference, a two-day event focused on building Thailand’s innovation-driven entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Ten finalist teams competed in the MIT Enterprise Forum Thailand Startup Competition, and three winning teams were determined by a panel of judges after two rounds of pitching and feedback.
The first place and second place winners won 100,000THB and 50,000THB of seed money, respectively.
Two members from each of the three winning teams will be sent to Boston for an intensive entrepreneurship workshop at MIT from June 14-20.
We look forward to helping these teams succeed faster through MIT Enterprise Forum’s programming and by connecting them to Boston’s local entrepreneurial ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, as well as to the academics, researchers, and innovators of the MIT community.
Congratulations to AIM Solution, Electronic Nose, and shiftspace!
1st Place: AIM Solution
AIM Solution is a research team led by Associate Professor Panrasee Ritthipravat and a team of graduate students from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Mahidol University. The team has been conducting research on robot-assisted therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders for the past five years. Robot-assisted communication training aims to be a tool for teachers, parents, and therapists to train children aged 5-12 with autism spectrum disorders in communication skills.
The robot is meant to make learning more fun, interactive, and engaging for autistic children. More than 100 content modules have already been developed, and the program has already been tested in five schools and a hospital. Users can freely download the existing content, and the robot control program allows users to create and design their own content according to individual needs. Efficient training sessions thus can be set up as frequently as possible to truly fit each child’s learning requirements.
TEAM: Panrasee Ritthipravat, Orrawan Kumdee, Weerayuth Chanapai, Zaw Htet Aung, Tulakan Ruangrong, and Thitikorn Kaewlee
2nd Place: Shiftspace
Shiftspace was created out of a desire to provide omni-channel product distribution solutions to SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) entrepreneurs. The shiftspace platform utilizes the concept of “the sharing economy” to commercialize unused real estate owned by small to medium retailers, restaurants, and other spaces.
Through shiftspace, brands, products, and e-commerce businesses are connected with vacant shop-shared spaces to co-create new experiences such as pop-up spaces, product consignment, product display spaces, and other retail and commercial activities. Shiftspace aims to be the leading online marketplace in finding and renting out retail space for commercial purposes, globally.
TEAM: Taratippitak Supap, Naronglerdrit Prasitthichai, Jirachaisingh Wanich, Chirawanich Pattara, Kanjanawongpaisarn Thaweesit
3rd Place: Electronic Nose
Electronic Nose Ltd. is a startup company based out of Mahidol University. In the past decade, they have developed several lab and commercial prototypes from basic sensors to smart systems, including the electronic nose system, wireless sensor networks, sleep monitoring systems, smart shoes and smart shirts for health monitoring, and more. These prototypes and technologies can be used for a wide range of applications such as agriculture, food production, healthcare, and environmental monitoring.
Machine olfaction is a technology that digitizes odors so that systems can describe and communicate them to humans. It essentially acts as an “electronic nose”, and gives machines the power of smell by mimicking the human olfactory system. This technology can be applied to a wide range of social and industrial problems, such as development of new perfumes, quality control of industrial products, taste tests and development for food and beverages, “smart” shoes, clothing, and furniture, monitoring the quality of water, and screening for diseases like liver cancer and diabetes.
TEAM: Theerapat Pobkrut, Thara Seesaard, Chayanin Khunarak, Satetha Siyang, Teerakiat Kerdcharoen