SUMMER BULLPEN 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

AGE 13-17

152

APPLICANTS

16

COUNTRIES

23

INDUSTRIES

13

SEMI - FINALISTS

6

FINALISTS

The Ascend Now Bullpen is a 'Shark-Tank' competition where students from around the world pitch their business to a panel of investors and industry professionals. The winner receives a 1,000 SGD seed fund to start their business. Each finalist gets 3 minutes to pitch their business and then has to answer questions from the judges for 5 minutes. This Summer, we had 143 applicants who brought amazing ideas and value propositions to the Bullpen. 

OUR JUDGES

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KISHIN RK

CEO of RB Capital Group
and Chairman of TiffinLabs

FRANCISCO ARCILLA

Partner and Board Member,
TNF Investments

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CARLY KWAN

Program Director,
EiM Global

BASIM AL-AHMADI

Managing Director,
BZF Consultancy

WINNER OF THE 2021 ASCEND NOW SUMMER BULLPEN

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HENRY GOULD

CEO, SureFit 3D

SureFit 3D is an app that acts as an AI-based podiatrist to help users find the perfect fitting shoes. With three simple steps: Scanning, Recommendation and Sales, SureFit 3D aims to help all the relevant stakeholders involved.  

Henry's win can be attributed to his rigorous research, interviewing over sixteen podiatrists and end-users. He also had a very well-thought-out business model, earning a commission per sale. His presentation and ability to answer the judges' questions was absolutely flawless. 

FINALISTS

The remaining finalists put up a tough fight, with value propositions ranging from cleaning up the ocean floor to helping dentists. These entrepreneurs deserve massive credit for putting in the grueling hours into figuring out their product-market fit and value proposition. 

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AMELIA & AMEA

Co-Founders, Knowmadland

An EdTech company that offers interactive workshops by companies & professionals

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AVA

Founder, Pawsic

An app that teaches users how to play music to their pets

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ALYSSA & NATALIA

Co-Founders, OceanAid

A company that recycles nylon fishing nets and provides jobs to fishermen.

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ARI & SORA

Co-Founders, ConnectUs

An online learning platform with synchronous learning, socialization and gamification

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ARIS CHINN

Founder, Cavi Spot

An app that allows users to get their teeth checked by dentists remotely

STRAIGHT FROM THE FILM ROOM

SOME OF THE JUDGE'S COMMENTS

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KISHIN RK

"I think they have done extremely well. I am amazed to see some of these presentations. The confidence and the ability to actually think through every single detail is amazing."