Thailand’s Future Startup Competed at Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge in Virginia


On August 24, 2017, the team “Prognitive” from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) joined friends from 13 countries in pitching startup ideas at VT KnowledgeWorks’s 8th Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge in Virginia. The team comprising three recent KMUTT graduates was the only team from Asia in the competition.

While the grand prize went to the team from Chile, the Thai team successfully boosted its international presence by introducing the judges and audience EVA, a web application for labs and hospitals to help doctors analyze genetics disorder from chromosome images.

On August 18, 2017 prior to leaving for the competition, the Thai team together with their incubation specialist, Ms. Nantanat Arunothayanan, paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Pisan Manawapat and Minister Pattrawan Vechasart. Mr. Pat Tientongdee, Mr. Thanat Lapthawan, and Mr. Sirijet Simsawas updated the Royal Thai Embassy of their projects and future potentials. Ms. Nantanat introduced KMUTT Hatch, established over a year ago, as Thailand’s first incubator and accelerator for students.

KMUTT has participated in the competition for three consecutive years and in 2015 won the grand prize for creating a wearable device designed to improve the quality of life for those who are visually impaired. The organizer, VT KnowledgeWorks, is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Its headquarters is in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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