Cradle, Microsoft collaborate to empower Malaysian startups  

  • Have access to upskilling opportunities, personalised technical guidance
  • Access to Microsoft Azure Fundamental courses, to build digital literacy

(L2R) Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, deputy Sec-Gen (Technology Development) Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation; K Raman, MD Microsoft Malaysia; Adham Baba, minister of Science, Technology & Innovation; Yvonne Chia, chairman Cradle & Norman Matthieu, acting CEO Cradle at the MOU signing

Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle), the agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) in Malaysia has committed to collaborate with Microsoft to provide startups with a global platform to scale their innovations. 

By incorporating Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub within their MYStartup platform, digital natives in Malaysia will have access to upskilling opportunities and personalised technical guidance, the tech giant said in a statement. 

Additionally, they will have access to the Microsoft Mentor Network along with free access to GitHub Enterprise and productivity boosts with Microsoft 365 as well as Azure cloud credits of up to US$150,000 (RM668,000) per person to build their products, it added. 

According to Dr. Adham Baba, minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, the cooperation between Cradle and Microsoft will ensure a sustainable startup ecosystem. 

“Startups should also take advantage of the expertise and knowledge available at large companies such as Microsoft to explore international markets,” he said. 

“Mosti believes that this collaboration will be a catalyst for more active growth and development for startups in Malaysia and is in line with the government's desire to empower the technology ecosystem in Malaysia, in addition to being a leading startup ecosystem by 2030 and further achieving inclusive, responsible, and sustainable socio-economic development,” Adham said.

He added that the collaboration between Cradle and Microsoft is not only to provide access to digital technology for entrepreneurs, but also to ensure economic resilience, digital skills and knowledge can be mastered and further provide a trusted and secure digital environment for businesses to thrive.

As Malaysia accelerates towards realising its MyDigital ambitions, building a digital workforce across businesses and organisations will be key in empowering the nation’s inclusive digital economy. 

Therefore to help achieve this, startups under Cradle will have access to Microsoft Azure Fundamental courses, to build digital literacy on cloud computing, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). 

These courses will equip participating startups with the skills to realise their ambitions and innovate product offerings while getting awarded a globally recognised certification that affirms their digital competencies.

Norman Matthieu Vanhaecke, acting group chief executive officer of Cradle said the company often observes startup companies in Malaysia facing challenges in realising their ideas. 

“Most of them have potential and are competitive but struggle to make full use of existing technology.” 

“As such, Cradle is excited to work closely with Microsoft as a collaborative partner in improving technology expertise and to develop a more sustainable startup ecosystem in Malaysia," he added. 

Meanwhile, Ahmad Kashfi Alwi, senior vice president, Ecosystem Development of Cradle commented, “Dealing with the various challenges faced by startups, Mosti through Cradle has embarked on providing long-term support via its MYStartup Programme to empower startups through comprehensive capacity building initiatives. 

“These initiatives are anticipated to provide benefits and guidance to startups in enhancing their competitiveness and marketability,” he added.

Microsoft Malaysia’s managing director, K Raman pointed out that 2022 marks Microsoft’s 30th year in Malaysia and it is excited to continue partnering with the nation to help every person and every organisation, adopt technology and benefit from it. 

“We are glad to further drive the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub in Malaysia and extend this platform as part of our collaboration with Cradle and Mosti, reaffirming our continued commitment under our Bersama Malaysia initiative,” he added.


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