Pixaworks launches inaugural Cyberjaya Startup Summit
By Kiranjit Kaur Sidhu May 3, 2018
- Create interaction between successful startup founders and young aspiring entrepreneurs
- Pixaworks sourcing for interesting startups for a private pitching session
A new startup conference in Malaysia is poised to make its debut in under two weeks time. The Cyberjaya Startup Summit (CSS) 2018 will be held on the 12th & 13th of May at Cyberjaya’s newest co-working and event space, The Launchpad.
This inaugural summit, themed “Sustainable Entrepreneurship” will be a two-day event consisting of talks, workshops, interactive panels and pitching sessions where startups can learn new insights, recruit talents, secure funding, network with fellow entrepreneurs and industry experts and much more.
And while there are those who feel there are already enough startup focused events and conferences in Malaysia, and that it is hard to differentiate one event from the other, Inbaraj Suppiah (pix), organiser of CSS thinks otherwise.
The creative director of Pixaworks Creative, a digital agency based in Kuala Lumpur specialising in web design, digital marketing and corporate event management, Inbaraj felt the timing was right. “After running startup networking events and programmes for ten years, I feel it’s the right time to organise a mini summit to complement the programmes run by government agencies.”
Inbaraj also operates The Launchpad, the latest co-working space in Malaysia and runs the Jomhack Malaysia initiative which organises hackhatons nationwide.
The timing of his CSS also coincides with the recent publication of the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018. While a factor described as “Local Connectedness” is strongly associated with higher startup performance, Malaysia scored a meagre 3.4 (below the global average of 4.9). Singapore ranked 10th with a Sense of Community Index of 6.1. Events such as CSS will be helpful to drive greater connections between entrepreneurs.
As one of the few privately run startup initiatives, Inbaraj has a goal. “We want to keep the agenda very honest, straightforward and relevant to startups. This is why most of the event is made up of panel sessions to allow the audience to interact with panellists.”
Inbaraj is positioning CSS as an event created by the community, for the community, to look into some of the serious issues faced by the people within the startup ecosystem.
CSS 2018 will focus on topics such as FinTech, PropTech, Blockchain Technology, Smart City & IoT, Digital Marketing & Advertising, Startup Accelerators, Funding and Regional Growth. Since many young people are becoming interested in the startup scene and are on the lookout for platforms to help themselves get started, Pixaworks believe that CSS 2018 will play a positive role in this space.
Environment to empower innovators
There will be close to 20 investors attending with many informal networking opportunities between investors and startups. Additionally, Inbaraj shares that Pixaworks is currently on the search for interesting startups for a private pitching session that will be held during the event.
The summit aims to create an environment that empowers innovators to take their ideas to the next level with talks, panel discussions and networking opportunities held throughout the two-day event. Inbaraj shares, “We also want to create more interaction between successful startup founders and young aspiring entrepreneurs.”
A line-up of insightful speakers and panelist who are the movers and shakers of the Malaysian startup ecosystem have been drawn to the event. These include startup founders, accelerators, co-working spaces, investors, government agencies, corporate partners and others who are constantly working towards building this ecosystem.
Among the speakers are Supply Bunny founder and CEO, Tham Keng Yew, 500 Startups managing partner, Khailee Ng; MaGIC CEO, Ashran Dato’ Ghazi and1337 Ventures founder, Bikesh Lakhmichand.
CSS 2018 is aimed at providing an opportunity for startups to gain insight from speakers with vast knowledge and experience in building successful startups and the ecosystem in Malaysia.
To date, 200 attendees have registered including about 50 speakers and panellists with a target of 300 attendees. The Early Bird tickets for this event are Sold Out but the regular 2-Day Pass is available now for US$50.70 (RM200) per person. Those interested can sign-up and get their tickets now at http://cyberjayastartupsummit.com.
Digital News Asia is the media partner for CSS 2018.