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MY’s Cyberjaya Startup Summit goes virtual this year with rebranding to boot

Jean Cabico - March 18, 2021

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – As the pandemic wears on and all previously in-person events pivoted to digital, the Cyberjaya Startup Summit in Malaysia has decided to join the bandwagon, rebranding the event as the ‘KL Startup Summit 2021’ (KLSS). 

Previously held editions of the summit were in 2018 and 2019. This year’s inaugural KL Startup Summit will be in partnership with Microsoft Malaysia, to be conducted this 26 to 28 March. 

The summit aims to support the early-stage startup ecosystem and create opportunities for founders to build and grow their startups, with the event to carry the theme ‘Talk Less, Do More’.

The various sessions at KLSS 2021 will include insightful talks, interactive discussion panels, as well as a series of masterclass workshops by successful startup founders, ecosystem builders, investors, corporates, and government partners.

Furthermore, this year’s summit will be structured along several confirmed themed tracks, such as healthtech, lawtech, fintech,and blockchain tech, as well as mobility tech, and edtech, with various partners such as DoctorOnCall, Fintech Association of Malaysia (FAOM), Blocklime, and Access Blockchain Association, as well as SOCAR Malaysia, and Forward School, among others.

The Microsoft Developers Day by Microsoft Malaysia will kick off the KLSS 2021 on 26 March, which will be open and free to all developers, CEOs, CIOs, IT professionals, and startup students, as well as educators, and partners and all tech enthusiasts. 

This Microsoft virtual program will bring together keynote speakers, industry champions, community leaders, business owners, and developers over the course of the day, to inspire and educate the builders of tomorrow.

Within the KLSS event, a ‘Shark Tank’ style event for on-the-spot fundraising will also be hosted, in partnership with STARTFUND. The segment is curated especially for good-fit investors who are passionate about supporting early-stage startups and are able and willing to pledge their investment on the spot.

According to the Director of Summit, Inbaraj Suppiah, this year’s summit is going to be action-oriented with all stakeholders and partners committed to providing resources for the growth of the Malaysian startup ecosystem, saying that they are grateful that Microsoft Malaysia has shown their full commitment and support for the local ecosystem.

Meanwhile, K Raman, managing director of Microsoft Malaysia, said, “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.”

KL Startup Summit has recently announced via social media that due to strong support from sponsors and partners, the virtual access to the summit is now free for all startups. Participants can still get their ‘swag kit’ with an optional RM50 ticket, while corporate and investor tickets are priced at RM300. All tickets can be purchased from the KLSS 2021 website.