Hello Nasa! We are very excited about your SEW event in Kuala Lumpur! Could you tell us how you heard about SEW?
We heard about it via my partners in Pakistan, Spain and Egypt
What is special about the startup ecosystem in Kuala Lumpur?
Malaysian startups now have multiple avenues to get mentorship, training and investments, as the ecosystem now has a good mix of private incubators, angel investors, VCs, and equity crowdfunding platforms. There is a growing appetite coming from the public as well. In addition, there are now quite a few sophisticated investors, in the Equity Crowdfunding scene. Malaysia has always been open to the entry of foreign investors. Slowly we’re embracing the fact that startup teams have to be diverse and international. We cannot expect a startup to only be made up of Malaysians, so we acknowledge that the need for diversity in each of these startup teams, so we are getting to be more open.
What does SEW mean for you and your startup community?
I would love to see the potential collaboration for our community to reach out, partnership and global positioning. Slowly we’re embracing the fact that startup teams have to be diverse and international. We cannot expect a startup to only be made up of Malaysians, so we acknowledge that the need for diversity in each of these startup teams, so we are getting to be more open.
Could you tell us about what you have planned for your event? When is it and where? Who will be speaking and what activities do you have planned?
There would be few speakers talking about the ecosystem, brand positioning for the global market and current ecosystem in Malaysia.
Speaker list will be shared within this week once confirmed. At the same time, we will have local agencies (TBA) to talk about government initiatives for entrepreneurs to go global.
Basically, it’s an introduction of SEW19 which I believe will be quite frequent for Malaysia.
Finally, do you have any words of wisdom or advice for entrepreneurs thinking of creating a business in your community?
A good entrepreneurship ecosystem provides a spark to ignite both budding and serial entrepreneurs and integrate the need of each and every businesses.
When I lost everything which ended up me living on the street homeless, entrepreneurship helps me to stand back on my feet but I learned it the hard way. SEW is the platform that able to help entrepreneurs with good support from the local and international ecosystem.
Great things never come from comfort zones. You have only got three choices in life — give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.