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UPSTARTS Awards 2022 announces Asia’s startup retail winners

On the evening of November 24th, Startup&Angels’ partner UPSTARTS held its first ever Awards Finale in Hong Kong to celebrate and honor Asia’s homegrown retail players from various upcoming consumer brands, retailers, marketplaces, tech startups in the retail space, as well as expert solutions providers. This hybrid event, which had over 100+ attendees in Hong Kong and globally, saw eight retail players from Asia pitching live to a panel of judges to win awards in categories such as Brand, Brand Experience, Brand Personality, and Audience Choice.

The winners of these categories were:

Brand Award - SATURDAYS

Source: Retail in Asia 

Brand Experience Award - Maison 21G

Source: Retail in Asia 

Brand Personality Award & Audience Choice Award - Fairmart

Source: Retail in Asia 

The winning startups were selected by a highly competent panel of judges based on a number of criteria, such as their ability to provide an engaging pitch, exhibit a scalable business model, and house a talented team who support their vision. The panel of judges included Guoming Cheng, General Manager of Ant International Investment Management; Benjamin Vuchot, Chairman and CEO, DFS Group; Christophe Artaux, CEO, Qeelin; Giovanni Di Salvo, CEO Asia, Salvatore Ferragamo; Ashley Micklewright, President and CEO, Bluebell Group; Jacopo Pesavento, CEO, Branding Records; Gregory Cole, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, éCLAIR; Ben Wong, Head of Open Innovation, Eureka Nova; Martin Moodie, Founder and Chairman, The Moodie Davitt Report; Pablo Mauron, Partner and Managing Director, China, Digital Luxury Group; Chloe Reuter, Founding Partner and CEO, Gusto Luxe; Derek Chan, Director and Co-founder Master Concept; and Guillaume Dosnon, Chief Marketing Officer, IWD.

Source: Retail in Asia 

Here is a list of all the eight talented retail startups that made it to the the UPSTARTS Awards Finale:

Brand Category

SATURDAYS – Direct-to-consumer lifestyle brand that sells eyewear that is both high-end quality and reasonably priced

Raloha – Skincare sunscreen brand that blends delicious-smelling scents with a highly protective sunscreen formula

Vermillion Lifestyle – Asia’s first trade procurement platform for crafted luxury that curates distinctive products from designers and creators across the region

Brand Experience Category

Maison 21G – Collaborative and sustainable perfumery house that allows customers to create their own scents

Alfred 24 – Tech-logistics company that specialises in automated parcel lockers as well as software solutions

SLOWOOD – Zero-waste lifestyle and grocery concept that provides plastic-free and zero-waste online organic groceries

Brand Personality Category

The Orange Blowfish – Independent creative branding agency with teams in China, North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom

Fairmart – Community commerce company that helps physical stores drive in-store sales by showing shoppers what products are in stock

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