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DEMO Asia begins regional search for new generation of Asian innovations

Singapore, 25 July 2011 – The search for the new generation of innovations from Asia starts today. The team behind DEMO Asia will be travelling to selected cities in the region to seek out the best innovations to showcase at DEMO Asia 2011. These roadshows will short-list promising startups for the inaugural DEMO Asia in Singapore from 29 to 30 November 2011.
 
Started in the United States, DEMO is a conference that focuses on launching new technologies and products. Innovations launched at past DEMO events have since become well-known brands, including Adobe Acrobat, Skype Mobile and Sun Microsystems’ Java, among others. 
 
Singapore is the second country in Asia to host a DEMO event after China. Sphere Exhibits will produce DEMO Asia with DEMO's existing co-producers - IDG Enterprise and strategic partner VentureBeat, a portal that reports the latest news, trends and developments on innovation and technology. With its preview launched in May 2011, DEMO Asia is positioned as the regional launch pad for emerging technologies and is also targeted at companies aiming to showcase their products in Asia.    
 
The two-day event will feature conferences, pitches and networking sessions for a specially invited group of companies to launch their products for the first time to an audience made up of angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate developers and acquirers, government agencies, universities and research institutes. DEMO Asia offers both companies and entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain exposure for their innovations. They may submit their intent to register together with a presentation and executive summary of their innovations.
 
Starting in August, the DEMO Asia Innovation Tour will be brought to some of the fastest-rising economies in Asia including Bangalore (India), Beijing (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and Taipei (Taiwan). Each roadshow will short-list ten applicants for a 30-minute private session where they will present to an audience comprising venture capitalists, investors and the media. 
 
Successful applicants may wish to apply for the DEMO Asia Scholarship. This scholarship programme, which is subsidised by corporate sponsorships, ensures that deserving entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to introduce their innovations that might have gone undiscovered.   
 
Mr Chua Wee Phong, Executive Director of Sphere Exhibits, said: “Asia is undergoing rapid growth and industrialisation with emerging technology. And with this, the economies in Asian countries are expected to grow in the next decade, and we see a potential in bringing the roadshows to these cities. They have strong technological capabilities and the potential to produce high-tech innovations, as well as top-quality universities and research institutions which produce cutting-edge research.  The roadshows will give promising start ups in each city the exposure to promote their innovations and harness for expertise advice.  As these startups may lack the necessary funding and skill-set, we will provide the training and sponsorship to help them showcase their innovations to a global audience at DEMO Asia in Singapore.”  
 
The DEMO Asia Innovation Tour is organised in conjunction with partners such as venture capitalists from the respective host cities. Corporate partners interested in co-hosting the DEMO Asia Innovation Tour can contact the organisers at tellmemore@demo.asia. 
 
Registration for DEMO Asia is now open for startups keen to launch their products and participate in the conference. For more information, they can visit the DEMO Asia website at www.demo.asia. 
 
 
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About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
 
A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele.  
 
Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy.
 
Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners. 
 
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
 
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. It publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 263 million page views with 18 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, outdoor advertising and properties.
 
 
About DEMO
 
Produced by IDG Enterprise in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States and China focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations, which are hand selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launchpad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Salesforce, Webex, Tivo and VMware, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. The DEMO Scholarship Partner Program, subsidised by corporate sponsorships, offers multiple scholarship opportunities to ensure that deserving entrepreneurs receive the opportunity to introduce cutting edge technology products at DEMO that might have otherwise gone undiscovered. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com/.
 
 
About IDG Enterprise
 
IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CFOworld, CIO, CIO Executive Council, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to serve the information needs of our technology, security and financial-focused audiences.  As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation’s top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs.
 
Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com
 
Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com
 
 
About VentureBeat
 
VentureBeat’s mission is to provide news about innovation for forward-thinking executives. The New York Times called VentureBeat one of the “best blogs on the Web,” and now syndicates VentureBeat’s articles. Reuters and many other publishers also run VentureBeat articles.