KL Startup Summit 2021 returns with Microsoft’s partnership to empower early-stage innovators

February 3, 2021

Microsoft Malaysia is proud to be partnering with PixaLabs for the Kuala Lumpur Startup Summit 2021, which will be taking place between 26 March and 28 March 2021. The three-day virtual event will feature insightful talks, interactive panel discussions, as well as workshops, to help empower early-stage founders and innovators to grow their business to the next level.

“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 accelerate their growth. We have a vibrant local startup ecosystem and we look forward to walking with more founders along their journey and supporting them to scale and achieve more in Malaysia, and globally,” said K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.

Action-oriented summit

KL Startup Summit 2021 promises to be an event with real impact for the early-stage startup ecosystem. The event will gather successful startup founders, investors, mentors, corporate and government partners together with new startup founders and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The summit will kick off with the Microsoft Developers Day on Day 1, which is free of charge for all participants. The first day will feature expert speakers covering pertinent topics tech ecosystem in Malaysia, the future of cloud computing, cybersecurity trends in 2021.

On Day 2 and Day 3, the summit will be structured along several themed tracks such as HealthTech, LawTech, FinTech, Blockchain, MobilityTech, EdTech and Digital Marketing.

“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. We’re grateful that Microsoft Malaysia has shown their full commitment and support for our local ecosystem,” said Inbaraj Suppiah, Founder & CEO of Pixaworks Creative, who is also the Summit Director.

The summit will also host a JomHack hackathon demo day and an Ideathon specially designed for tertiary students who are interested in entrepreneurship.

All tickets can be purchased from the KLSS 2021 website. Early bird tickets for Startups are only RM100, while corporate and investor tickets are priced at RM300 each. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Developers Day event which is happening on the first day is free of charge for all participants.

Empowering the local startup scene

Microsoft has been actively partnering with the ecosystem enablers as part of the company’s commitment to empowering local startups and help nurture a vibrant and strong ecosystem in Malaysia. In 2020, Microsoft Malaysia launched the Highway to a 100 Unicorns programme in partnership with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), and Cradle Fund. Through this programme, 11 high-potential local startups are receiving a year-long mentorship programme with Microsoft for Startups to help them scale and accelerate their growth.

Additionally, Microsoft has been supporting MaGIC as its technology partner via the MyStartup Hub 2021 programme. The initiative aims to reach global innovative startups from all over the world to establish a business hub in Malaysia, thus reinforcing Malaysia’s positioning in the regional ecosystem while instilling the exchange of knowledge between local and international startups.

“The digital economy is making large strides in Malaysia and is growing in importance as the nation’s new driver of growth. The local startups are at the heart of its growth, with their potential to accelerate the digital transformation of industries while enabling the nation’s sustainable socio-economic growth. We’ll continue partnering with the ecosystem enablers, to further enabler our local startups to scale and achieve more,” said Raman.