WHY EXPLORING KUALA LUMPUR ?

The most number of IPO exits in Asia and an ideal gateway to Asia

#Startups #SuccessStories #Unicorns

The digital economy contributes for 17.8% to the GDP in Malaysia (2015). Kuala Lumpur hosts important startups in the Southeast Asia region such as Grab (the Uber of Southeast Asia), iFlix (the Asian Netflix), or KFit (a booking app for fitness, beauty & spa services). It might surprise to find out that 4 out of 5 of the top tech startups in Southeast Asia are actually started by Malaysians or a Malaysian-listed company. These startups have rapidly grown in the region. According to the Digital Evolution Index from the World Economic Forum,  Malaysia is one of the countries whose digital landscape is evolving the most rapidly.  With a robust startup ecosystem, supportive government, affordable prices and one of the best budget airline in the world (AirAsia), Kuala Lumpur positions itself as the ideal gateway to Asia.

Fintech innovation supported by banks and regulatory sandbox

#Fintech #Banks

The national bank, Bank Negara, has recently approved four firms to operate within its “regulatory sandbox” marking a significant milestone in the growth of fintech in Malaysia.  Companies operating in the sandbox will be allowed to commercially launch their services albeit within limits set by the central bank and under close watch by the regulator. Most banks in the country have launched their Fintech programme, releasing APIs and providing startups with test-bedding opportunities and mentoring. Hong Leong Bank officially kickstarted its HLB Launchpad in March 2017, Maybank continued with its 3rd edition of Maybank Fintech and CIMB Bank has hired Olivier Crespin, who launched DigiBank, DBS’s mobile only bank in India and Indonesia, to head its newly set-up standalone unit dubbed CIMB Fintech.

Proactive government support

#StartupsEcosystem

Malaysian startup ecosystem benefits from the support of its government to promote innovation through a number of plans and incentives.  The government has invested a lot to build a positive infrastructure and fund early stage startups. It has strived to equip entrepreneurs with the right startup skills via its education portal MaGIC Academy, expose entrepreneurs to other ecosystems like Silicon Valley and big markets within ASEAN, and accelerate startups via a global platform such as our MaGIC Accelerator Programme (MAP) and 500 Startups’ Distro Dojo.

LET'S DISCUSS YOUR INNOVATION GOALS!

PARTICIPATE TO OUR NEXT OPEN LEARNING EXPEDITION

5 days immersion
in the innovation ecosystem of Singapore
for corporate executives

Learning Expeditions Accelerators:
From 20 to 22 March

Learning Expeditions Fintech:
From 9 to 12 April

Learning Expeditions Smart Cities:
From 7 to 10 May

Learning Expeditions Silver Economy:
From 4 to 7 June

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING OUR OPEN LEARNING EXPEDITION?

NETWORK OF EXPERTS IN ASIA

We connect you to inspiring innovators who matter for you and are ready to share their experience and best practices – from disruptive startups to innovative corporates, digital experts and vibrant communities.

STRATEGIC FACILITATION

We provide a complete experience with workshops and reflection sessions to share insights, foster new thinking and stimulate new ideas.

CREATIVE FORMATS

We create results-oriented, 100% tailored and out of the box learning formats – from Learning expeditions to transformation workshops, innovation events or advisory boards.

HOW DOES A LEARNING EXPEDITION WORK?

EXPERIENTIAL VISITS & MEETINGS

We test out the latest prototypes and engage in open discussions with innovators to get fresh ideas and learn from their experience

TAILORED PROGRAM

We curate innovators who will provide you insights that meet your learning objectives

PARTICIPANTS GUIDES & MEETINGS WRAP-UPS

We prepare all meetings with the speakers, provide you with guides for all participants and a wrap-up report of the tour

FACILITATION

We organize workshops and reflection sessions to share insights from the visits, foster new thinking and stimulate new ideas