Digital Penang inks MoU with MBAN to boost Penang startup ecosystem

  • Partnership to spur innovation & growth of 500 startups by 2030
  • Early-stage focus to support increased interest among young talent

(L2R): Cseng Lim, Director of Ecosystem Development, Digital Penang; Zairil Khir Johari, EXCO of Infrastructure and Transport, Penang; Ng Kwang Ming, CEO of Digital Penang; Alan Lim, President of MBAN; Harmender Singh, Cradle VP of SUPER PMO and Dr. Melissa Foo, VP of MBAN.

[Ed note: Caption hac been updated to identify all executives in the pic.]

Digital Penang signed a MoU with Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN) to boost the growth and success of early-stage tech startups in Penang. The MoU outlines key areas of collaboration including identifying promising startups, providing mentorship and access to funding, and creating opportunities for networking and collaboration. It will also play a pivotal role in developing corporate venture investment for the growing startup ecosystem in Penang.

Zairil Khir Johari, EXCO of Infrastructure and Transport; and Vice Chairman of Digital Penang said, “We believe that our region has the potential to become a hub for tech innovation, and we are committed to providing a conducive environment for entrepreneurs to succeed.” He hoped the partnership will spur innovative solutions and services from Penang startups, and the state will support the growth of 500 startups by 2030.

MBAN brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and resources that will be invaluable in connecting startups with the right investors, mentors and opportunities for collaboration with corporate members. Coupled with Digital Penang’s access to more than 100 startups in Penang in Fintech, EdTech, IoT, E-Commerce, Aqua and Agritech, Marketing Tech and Health Tech, the collaboration hopes to create a cohesive ecosystem for startups. The emphasis on early-stage startups is based on Digital Penang’s engagement and partnerships with local academia, resulting in an increased interest in the startup scene among young talent and budding entrepreneurs.

"We are excited to partner with MBAN to create a vibrant and dynamic startup ecosystem that drives innovation, creates jobs, and makes a positive impact on society," said Ts. Ng Kwang Ming, CEO of Digital Penang. "Through this partnership, we hope to create a virtuous cycle of growth and success for startups, providing the vast number of startups in the state with local and global opportunities in order to succeed."

"MBAN and Digital Penang have a shared vision in creating a thriving startup ecosystem, and we believe that our network will be a solid backbone for early-stage startups seeking financial and mentorship support. This partnership will facilitate cross-collaboration, allowing both parties to leverage their strengths and resources to create mutually beneficial outcomes contributing to Penang’s economic growth. In addition, MBAN has established a Penang-based chapter led by Alan Ong, the Protem Committee Chairman, to further support the ecosystem and advance the growth of angel investors in Penang," said Alan Lim, President of MBAN.


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