Asean startup stars to gather at inaugural Cradle Buzz
By Digital News Asia March 5, 2015
- To highlight, analyse and discuss entrepreneurship concerns in region
- One of the programmes scheduled for 1 Asean Entrepreneurs Summit
SOME of the biggest names in the South-East Asian startup scene will convene in Kuala Lumpur from March 19-21 at the ‘Cradle Buzz’ programme to highlight, analyse and discuss entrepreneurship concerns in the region.
Among them are 50 Folds founder Alexander Jarvis; MyTeksi cofounder Anthony Tan; Animonsta creative chief Anas Abdul Razak’ e27 cofounder Mohan Belani; and Uber Technologies general manager Leon Fong.
Organised for the first time by early stage technology startup financier Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance, Cradle Buzz is one of the programmes scheduled for the 1 Asean Entrepreneurs Summit (1AES), the agency said in a statement.
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Cradle chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan (pic) said Cradle Buzz was being organised to inspire Asean, particularly Malaysian, startups to break into the regional market.
“Venturing outside your own borders, even into the Asean regional marketplace, is a big dream and at the same time, a presumably challenging step to take.
“But there have been success stories and we’d like to see more do the same. We hope both entrepreneurs and investors will gain valuable knowledge from this event and look forward to seeing some strategic partnerships being created,” he added.
Among the key concerns of entrepreneurs expanding regionally are: Gaining market access; acquiring the right talents that will make their business more relevant at the regional level; and raising the funds necessary to help their business expand.
Nazrin said Cradle aims to address these concerns at Cradle Buzz through the “insightful and interactive panel sessions and dialogues” that will take place at the three-day event.
Entrepreneurs will also get to meet the speakers and other investors in a more casual setting at Cradle’s own ‘speed networking’ event, Chill & Chat.
“One of the ways Cradle continues to help its entrepreneurs is by introducing them to investors who can possibly help them raise the next series of funds to grow their business,” Nazrin said.
For more information about Cradle Buzz, follow Cradle’s Facebook Page or Twitter account.
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