Fun Fact: Germany is both Singapore’s and Indonesia’s biggest trading partner in Europe. The two ASEAN countries are among the fastest-growing startup ecosystems in the world, presenting an environment ideal for businesses to break into the Southeast Asian region. It is for this reason that AsiaBerlin’s second delegation trip of 2022 was to Singapore and Indonesia, from 24th to 31st October 2022. The cohort of eight startups visited relevant ecosystem players in the Southeast Asian market.
AsiaBerlin’s delegates got the opportunity to explore the Southeast Asian market with direct assistance from both national and local governments as the trip facilitated exchange and networking between founders and the two countries’ startup ecosystems.
Here is a look at our delegates:
Chika Yamamoto, CEO, Crossbie UG
Chika Yamamoto is the founder and CEO of CROSSBIE. Deeply active in the Berlin startup scene, she is also an Ambassador at AsiaBerlin. Prior to founding CROSSBIE, Chika co-founded bistream GmbH and also managed several international product developments in Nokia, focusing on UX and Ad tech. She is passionate about increasing female representation in the industry.
CROSSBIE is a Berlin-based accelerator that strives to create a sustainable innovation ecosystem in Europe and Japan. The organization focuses on creating equal co-creation partnerships between companies, startups, local authorities, and other entities to drive global innovation and economic growth.
Ludwig Speidel, CFO, Swobbee GmbH
Ludwig Speidel is the co-founder and CFO at Swobbee GmbH. Armed with experience in the finance and banking sector, Ludwigpursued a Master of Science from Erasmus University and is a graduate of the University of Münster.
Swobbee GmbH is a Berlin-based startup that’s working on commercializing battery swapping for micro-mobility vehicles. Swobbee is the efficient solution for the professional operation of small electric vehicle fleets in the field of sharing, logistics, and delivery, as well as other electricity based-applications. Their Battery-as-a-Service and Charging-as-a-Service approaches enable a simple, convenient, and cost-optimized transition to electric mobility.
Thomas Duscha, CEO, Swobbee GmbH
Thomas Duscha is the co-founder and CEO at Swobbee GmbH. Thomas has been the Business Development Manager at Swobbee since 2016 and is responsible for the operational management of the brand along with Tobias Breyer. He comes with over five years of experience in the energy solutions sector having worked with GreenPack GmbH. He is a graduate of the European University Viadrina.
Raffael Wohlgensinger, CEO, Formo Bio GmbH
Raffael Wohlgensinger is the co-founder and CEO of Formo Bio GmbH (formerly LegenDairy Foods). Raffael previously worked at Atlantic Food Labs, a Berlin-based VC and company builder focused on food, health, and sustainability. He is a graduate of Strategy and International Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Formo Bio GmbH is a food biotech company on a mission to bring the next generation of sustainable, healthy, and equitable dairy products to consumers. Formo is Europe’s first cellular agriculture company developing cultivated dairy products that are based on real, animal-free milk proteins produced using precision fermentation. The milk proteins are then combined with plant-based fats and carbohydrates to create the base for the cheesemaking process which can cover the whole spectrum of cheeses. The product can be packaged right away as fresh cheese or ripened to create strong, unique flavors.
Christian Poppe, Director of Global Public Affairs & Sustainability, Formo Bio GmbH
Christian Poppe is the Director of Global Public Affairs & Sustainability at Formo Bio GmbH. He is responsible for political strategy development, global stakeholder management, and Formo’s sustainability initiatives. Christian previously worked at Berlin-based Delivery Hero where he established the Global Public Policy & Government Affairs Unit.
Tom Würden, Co-Founder, DocVox GbR
Tom Würden is the co-founder and CEO at DocVox GbR. The Meeting Assistant provides the highest quality and reliability in developing concepts, design, prototyping, construction, and documentation of entire meetings without any effort. Tom previously worked at adesso SE and compamedia GmbH and is a graduate of Technische Universität Berlin.
DocVox GbR is a smart assistant that generates meeting notes with the help of AI to intensify the interaction among the meeting participants. The software provides an overview of the content of past meetings, increases the productivity of meetings, and saves time in the implementation of discussed content. In addition, it creates a clear follow-up and facilitates task management with direct integration into task management tools.
Hoang Pham, CEO, Unitz IT GmbH
Hoang Pham is the CEO of Unitz IT GmbH. Pham has a long background in software experience, having worked with adviqo Group, HelloFresh, Sparks42 GmbH, and Seat Pagine Gialle SpA. He is a graduate of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and has pursued a Master of Science in Computer Science from Politecnico di Milano.
Unitz IT GmbH is a comprehensive teaching and learning management solution based on Zoom that focuses on stress-free interactive learning for schools. It helps solve six basic needs: course management, video conference, easy-to-use timetable, admin overview, automatic reports, and classroom interface.
Stella Lim, Director, AM Energy
Stella Lim is Director at AM Energy, Stella’s background spans energy, engineering, and impact ventures. She has more than 15 years of experience in engineering and management in Indonesia’s energy sector. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco.
AM Energy was established in 1986 and has over 20 years of operating history in the Indonesian oil and gas industry, distributing oil and gas equipment and providing supplies and services nationwide. With its headquarter in the capital of Indonesia and branch offices at Balikpapan – East Kalimantan, the company has a diverse client base, ranging from refineries, oil and gas, petrochemical, and fertilizer companies.
Holger Dornieden, CFO, Laife UG
Holger Dornieden is the co-founder and CFO at Laife UG. Holger has over a decade of experience in the startup sector and is a graduate of The University of Göttingen.
LAIFE is a SaaS platform that generates sounds and frequencies, translated into music, through AI from users’ data points for mental health and well-being, and helps them enhance their performance in sports, work, and other daily situations. Laife was selected for accelerators such as Qatar SpoertsTech, DMS Accelerator, and more.
Harilal Bhaskaran, CEO, IPTIF
Harilal Bhaskaran is the CEO at IPTIF.
IPTIF is the IIT Palakkad Technology IHub Foundation, a pioneering technology hub in Kerala, India to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue and develop safety and energy solutions based on intelligent collaborative systems. IPTIF also plans to build linkages with research institutes and labs within and outside India.