Programmes to Grow Early-Stage Startups
KL Startup Summit 2021 (KLSS) follows in the footsteps of Cyberjaya Startup Summit 2018 and 2019 with a slight name change and a new “Talk less, do more” theme.
Previous lectures were physical, but due to the pandemic they have gone completely live for now. This virtual event runs for 3 days from March 26 to March 28 and starts with Microsoft Developer’s Day.
Everyone, whether developers, CEOs, IT pros or educators are welcome to attend to learn more about the latest global technologies and how to use them.
Other than that, hosts queued more for registrants, spaced out between the next 2 remaining days.
1. A “Shark Tank” style pitching session
This will be a private pitching session between you and a panel of investors, accelerators and market access partners.
It’s open to early stage startups (which must have a live product), A-series startups, and growth stage startups, and apps are taken here.
The selected startups will have the opportunity to present to investors on Sunday March 28 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. It will be a private session, so there will be no hearing.
With fewer fundraising sessions during the pandemic, this would be a good opportunity to show what you have and impress the judges to help your business grow.
2. Masterclass workshops by industry experts
There will be a variety of workshops ranging from social media marketing to building your pitch deck and for-profit funnel hacking, dedicated to honing your startup management skills.
Some of the industry experts behind these workshops include Christopher Tock from social media agency SocialGrooves, Izwan Zakaria from law firm Izwan & Partners and Arvind Patmarajah from the digital ecosystem network StartFund.
You can only read so many books and theorize, but having experienced mentors showing you the ropes and outlining actions in about an hour could do more than days of reading.
3. Interactive panel sessions on topical issues
These roundtables cover a variety of topics in healthcare technology, legal technology, financial technology, blockchain, mobility technology, and edtech.
You will have the opportunity to listen to experts in their fields such as Maran Virumandi, CEO of DoctorOnCall, Datuk Brenndon Soh, legal adviser to the Chief Minister of Sabah, Nizam Mohamed Nadzri, CEO of Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad, and Howie Chang, founder of Forward School, to name a few.
The topics shared serve to provide listeners with insight into specific ways of how each industry is changing and how startups can position themselves to benefit from it.
4. Discussions of stakeholders in the startup ecosystem
KLSS has prepared a list of notable people from the Malaysian startup ecosystem to share their ideas on the current landscape and how startups can adapt to the changes.
Some names are Surina Shukri, CEO of MDEC, Khalid Yashaiya, Vice President of MaGIC, and Noah Pepper, Head of APAC Business at Stripe.
Topics to be covered include scaling up to ASEAN and beyond, building a vibrant ecosystem and digital transformation.
Coming from actors positioned at the forefront of these movements, these interviews could be beneficial in informing startups of what they can do to grow in line with the objectives of these stakeholders.
Other programs for the benefit of startups
Aside from these principals, there will also be end-of-day networking sessions on March 27-28, and a kick-off showcase for founders and teams to share their products and services.
During the start-up showcase, KLSS also promises that it will be complemented by relevant services or programs that could benefit your entrepreneurial journey.
Registration is completely free for startup founders or aspiring entrepreneurs, and you will have full access to everything KLSS has to offer during the 3 days it is operating.
KLSS organizers hope to see a total participation of around 5,000 participants, of which around 2,000 are startups. With this number of people, there would be plenty of opportunities to learn from various players in the ecosystem as well as chances to increase your brand visibility.
There are no strict prerequisites for being part of the summit, and since it is completely virtual, there is also no risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Each day of the event will be filled with programs that run from morning to night, so be sure to clear your calendars. To add, you can schedule your attendance and filter your interests by viewing the current calendar here.
- You can read more about KLSS here and get your free tickets here.
- You can read more about the other startup summits we’ve covered here.
Featured Image Credit: Inbaraj Suppiah, KLSS 2021 Summit Director
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