KL Startup Summit to kick start virtually on 26 March 2021

THE KL Startup Summit (KLSS) 2021, a newly minted version of the Cyberjaya Startup Summits that was held in 2018 and 2019, will kick start on March 26 for 3 days, in Kuala Lumpur. It will be a 100% virtual event.

Sponsors: KLSS 2021 will be held in partnership with Microsoft Malaysia as the main sponsor. Other supporting sponsors for the summit include Stripe, MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre), MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation), ipaymy, Tuas Capital Partners, Xero, Ampersand Agency, Finnext Capital and The Hive Southeast Asia.

About the Summit

The main aim of the event is to support the early-stage startup ecosystem as well as create opportunities for early-stage entrepreneurs to grow their startups, connect them to strategic investors, mentors, partners and corporates.

The summit will be structured along various themed tracks including healthtech, fintech, blockchain, mobility tech and edtech, with partners such as DoctorOnCall, SOCAR Malaysia, Forward School, Fintech Association of Malaysia (FAOM), Blocklime, Access Blockchain Association and many others.

KLSS 2021 events at a glance:

1. Microsoft Developers Day – The summit will kick off with Microsoft Developers Day on Day 1. Developers, CEOs, CIOs, IT Professionals, Startups etc., can sign up for this event free of cost.

2. Insightful Talks – Keynote speakers with vast knowledge and experience in building successful startups.

3. Interactive Panels – Interactive panel discussions on carefully curated hard-hitting topics that are relevant to the startup founders and ecosystem in Malaysia.

4. Valuable Networking – Meet, network and exchange ideas with fellow entrepreneurs and investors.

5. Startup Showcase – The largest virtual startup showcase in Malaysia

6. Funding Opportunity – A “Shark Tank” style private pitching session.

7. Masterclass Workshops – Masterclass Workshops conducted by industry experts.

The virtual access to KLSS 2021 is free for all startups. However, an optional US$ 12.14 (RM50) ticket will entitle participants to a “Swag Kit”. The corporate and investor tickets are priced at US$ 72.87 (RM300) each.

“This summit is going to be action-oriented, with all stakeholders and partners committed to providing resources for the growth of our Malaysian startup ecosystem, and we’re grateful that Microsoft Malaysia has shown their full commitment and support for our local ecosystem.” — Inbaraj Suppiah, summit director for KLSS.

“Startups play a vital role in our economy as innovators, disruptors and first-movers. We’re excited to be part of the KL Startup Summit, to help enable local startups to make a real impact in their markets and drive digital innovation in the region. We look forward to walking with more founders along their growth journey and supporting them to scale and achieve more.” — K Raman, managing director of Microsoft Malaysia.

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Komal writes about the startup ecosystem on VCBay. She is an Economics Hons. graduate from Miranda House, Delhi University, and is passionate about the world of entrepreneurship and finance.

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