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SE Asia targets smart energy startups

A new initiative to connect smart energy startups across Southeast Asia has been launched.

The New Energy Nexus Southeast Asia (Nexus SEA) platform, led by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – a provider of global partnership services, and the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), will help finance and link up incubators across the region in a bid to support the growth of smart energy startups.

“By bringing together ideas, startups, implementation partners and funders onto a single region-wide platform, Nexus SEA aims to accelerate the growth of a regional smart energy startup ecosystem,” said Hendrik Tiesinga, Program Director New Energy Nexus at CalCEF.

The goal for Nexus SEA is to work with ‘1000 entrepreneurs, incubate 100 teams, and partner with 10 incubators’ throughout Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines.

And one of the 10 incubators already selected is KX Made in Thailand, which brings together ‘entrepreneurs, government, business leaders and universities’ to drive new innovations.

“Changes in technology, policies and business models provide a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs, startups and investors in the smart energy and cleantech field. New Energy Nexus South East Asia will further stimulate this trend and kick-start the energy revolution in Thailand and Southeast Asia,” added Kris Chinosorn, CEO, KX Made.

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