Author: Karamjit Singh
It was a big day for Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), a statutory body set up by the Malaysian Government to fuel the push towards establishing an “innovation economy, as it signed three term sheets with three of the five companies it plans to invest in.
One thing Jamie Jackson is not short of is confidence. A candidate for the Australian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Jackson, chairman of Apac Sale Group, an online discount retailer for premium fashion brands, expresses confidence that he will “win.”
Piktochart, helmed by the wife-and-husband team of Goh Ai Ching and Andrea Zaggia, is off to Silicon Valley this weekend for the experience of a lifetime. With the start-up community here keenly interested in how they do, Digital News Asia decided to go back to basics and ask Goh, who is the face of Piktochart, about the journey so far, her own background and what she has learnt so far.
As the grand winner of the start-up competition that began last October during the Silicon Valley Comes to Malaysia conference, Goh Ai Ching has the opportunity to turbocharge her company Piktochart’s potential during the one-month stint it begins next week in the Valley.
With US$250 million in sales from Australia and New Zealand, Apac Sale Group is ready to take on Asia with Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand already on board and Indonesia, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam on the cards.
It is easy for aspirational words like innovative, creative or out-of-the-box to roll off our tongues, yet how so very tough it is to actually practise and embed these words into our DNA so that we are living, breathing, walking, and talking examples of it.
Malaysia's national R&D center Mimos is currently working on rolling out the next version of social security organization Perkeso’s technology upgrade.
MyEG has investments in five start-ups thus far and is keen on more. According to its managing director TS Wong, while it may be fun and cool, he brings his investees down with the advice that the boring stuff of building a business is important. Watch the video.
Not many have heard of the Malaysian Software Testing Board, but the work it is doing to develop the tech ecosystem is just as important as that being done by MDeC, MavCap, Malaysian Debt Ventures, MTDC and Crade.
The launch of pitchIN could not have gone better, but even its founders and supporters realize there are challenges ahead.