The Innotribe Startup Challenge attendees selected the five finalists from the Asian leg of its annual Startup Challenge to compete at Sibos Boston in October. Ten early-stage startups and five growth-stage innovators delivered compelling pitches to an audience of global innovators and investors, venture capitalists and industry experts. The showcase was held at the National Design Centre on 15 May, in partnership with the Next Bank Asia conference.

The three early-stage startup finalists are:

- Lendstar, a financial network combining social interaction, high usability, mobility and soon real-time transactions via a mobile wallet and a prepaid credit card

- Sixscape and their Identity Registration Protocol Server combining user directory, automatic IPv6 address registration, and PKI

- Stockspot, Asia’s first completely online investment adviser and fund manager using algorithms to match clients to a personalised portfolio of indexed stocks, bonds and commodities.

The two growth-stage innovator finalists are:

- Advanced Merchant Payments, enabling financial institutions to profitably offer unsecured loans to their small business customers utilising “alternative lending” technologies and methodologies

- Fastacash, providing a global platform to enable users to transfer value (money, airtime, coupons, etc.) along with digital content through any social network and messaging platform, enabling secure and cost-effective transactions.

The top five finalists of the Asian showcase advance to the Grand Finale to be held at Sibos, SWIFT’s annual conference. The event will take place in Boston in October, and the finalists will compete against the winners from the London and New York showcases.

The Singapore Startup Challenge was the second stop of three regional showcases to be held in 2014 and was sponsored by Level39, HP, and SAP. The New York Startup Challenge will conclude this year’s competition on 5 June with the selection of the 5 latest finalists to join us in Boston.

More information about the Innotribe Startup Challenge, including descriptions of all 47 semi-finalists participating to the competition this year, is available at http://innotribe.com/2014-startup-challenge/.