NeonRunner named startup of the year at inaugural Rice Bowl awards

  • Winners were awarded in 12 categories at gala event in KL
  • US$82mil in total funding has been pledged by investors to date
NeonRunner named startup of the year at inaugural Rice Bowl awards

MALAYSIAN hyperlocal delivery startup NeonRunner walked away with the grand prize at the inaugural Rice Bowl Startup Awards, held in conjunction with 1Asean Entrepreneurship Summit (1AES) in Kuala Lumpur recently.
NeonRunner, which offers last mile on-demand delivery services for the masses, won the Golden Rice Bowl Award for Startup of the Year.
The Rice Bowl Startup Awards, mooted by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation (MyNEF) and organised by Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance (MoF), celebrates rising startups that harness technology to propel their business regionally, with the aim of building an Asean ecosystem for the startup community.
“From the very beginning our goal was to celebrate the rising stars of entrepreneurship throughout South-East Asia,” said MyNEF chairman Ashran Ghazi.
According to MyNEF, 376 entries were submitted from nine countries during the nomination phase from June 1 to Sept 15. A panel of over 30 judges from the awards’ community partners then evaluated the entries.
All 33 finalists were automatically in the running for the Golden Rice Bowl Award, and were awarded startup training worth US$15,000, regional media engagements, and investor matching.
“Cumulatively, US$82 million in funding has been pledged by investors to date … in the finalists, and we are confident that this figure will expand as more investors recognise the quality and innovation of these startups,” said Ashran.
For the full list of award winners and finalists, click here.
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