A hundred technology companies from across Asia were crowned Red Herring Top 100 winners last week. The ceremony, which closed out three days of seminars and presentations at Hong Kong’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, celebrated the best in Asian business and entrepreneurialism – and uncovered some formidable firms to watch, from India to Indonesia.
Among the trends at this year’s show was a continued surge in software-as-a-service brands, which accounted for around a fifth of all winners. Also on the rise are mobile-focussed firms, as penetration and faster networks become ubiquitous across Asia.
There were also shifts in the nationalities represented at this year’s awards. China’s presence was down on last year’s show while India, whose new prime minister Narendra Modi has promised to stimulate the country’s startup community, saw its number of winners jump from 26 last year to 30 this time round. South Korea’s participation also leapt in Hong Kong, more-than-doubling from four to ten winners. And the United Arab Emirates claimed its first two winners, with mobile companies Guiddoo World and ScreenDy.
The full list of winners can be found here.