Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Malaysian Startup Awards!

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 20th AUGUST, 2016 — The Malaysian Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2016 finale night, held at Uppercase in Bangsar, was attended by the Malaysian startup community where eleven winners were announced in categories such as Startup of the Year, Founder of the Year, Developer Hero, and Best Newcomer.

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All winners from each category will represent Malaysia at the Grand Finale of ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards (ARBSA) on 30th September 2016 in Philippines.

The ASEAN-level winners then compete against global contenders at the Global Startup Awards 2016 (GSA) finale that will be held in November 2016. Malaysia is the 7th stop for the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. Prior to this, winners for each country were announced in Singapore, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards, which was held the first time last year at the 1ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit (1AES), had received just a little under 500 nominations across South East Asia last year. This year nominations more than doubled with over 1000 nominees across the region.

The Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2016, presented by Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and organized by New Entrepreneurs Foundation — enter it’s second year with a 6-year partnership with Global Startup Awards (GSA), based in Denmark. The partnership aims to increase the region’s visibility as a vibrant global hub for innovation and also to celebrate the startups instrumental in driving that progress.

“We’re Asians, and rice is our region’s identity. When we say Rice Bowl, it usually means sustenance and entrepreneurship is the “new rice bowl” of ASEAN. The Rice Bowl Awards seeks to celebrate those entrepreneurs and industry players that are changing the landscape of ASEAN economy,” said Lilyana Latiff, CEO of New Entrepreneurs Foundation and Chairperson of ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards.

During his speech, Ashran Dato’ Ghazi, CEO of Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) lauded the concerted effort. “By recognizing the homegrown startup, it catalyzes creativity and innovation that is essential for long-term nation impact.” He also added “It is the night, where local startups are celebrated, and I am confident, it will spur the winners to grow the business regionally.”

The Malaysian juries are respected experts and entrepreneurs in Malaysia which included

> Ganesh Bangah — Co- Founder & CEO of MOL Group Bhd and Deputy Chairman of PIKOM Malaysia,

> Zaini Noordin — Co-Founder of MOL Group Bhd and CEO of Othmanfali Holdings (Africa) Ltd,

> Stanley Chong — Partner of Ingenious Haus Group Ltd, A Venture Capital & Private Equity Company, and

> Nina Aziz Justin — Co- Founder of & Advatar Asia Group (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dr. Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Ministry of Finance, who is a strong advocate of Malaysia’s entrepreneurship, sent his personal congratulatory via a pre-recorded message to all finalists who made it this year.

The WINNERS for the Malaysian Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2016 are:

1) Best Enabler of the Year

Cradle — The leading early stage funding provider in Malaysia. Cradle has assisted hundreds of budding entrepreneurs and startups.

2) Developer Hero

Zulfa Juniadi — Currently, Zulfa Juniadi is ranked as the No.5 PHP developer in Kuala Lumpur. He is highly respected in the developer scene in Malaysia and having helped many startups with their product development and roadmaps.

3) Best Social Media Influencer

Cheryl Yeoh — Cheryl is a resourceful and versatile entrepreneur who looks to create meaningful impact with her products and is also passionate about helping other entrepreneurs.

She co-founded Reclip. It is a personalized shopping list app that helps people save money by matching list items with digital coupons and weekly ads from top retail stores like Walmart, Macy’s, Walgreens, Target, BestBuy, Home Depot, CVS, etc. Cheryl Yeoh is recognized as the Founding CEO of MaGIC.

4) Startup Journalist of the Year

Freda Lui — Freda is currently working as a producer and presenter on BFM 89.9 ( BFM is an independent radio station and the only business radio station in Malaysia. Hosting her show Enterprise, she has conducted thousands of interviews with CEOs and Captains of various industries, and highlighting many shared insights and tips for running a business.

5) Best Campaign of the Year

iFlix — Stream on your phone, laptop, tablet or TV.

6) Best Professional Investor

500 Startups — 500 Startups is a global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley with over $250M in assets under management. They have invested in a wide variety of technology startups all over the world, currently over 1,500 companies since our inception. The team of ~125 people manage seed investments in 20 countries (including Malaysia) and speak over 25 languages. Managing Partner Khailee Ng focuses on our investments in South East Asia.

7) Best Newcomer

Kfit — KFit gives you access to the best studios, gyms, spas, and salons in your city. KFit makes it easy for people to access a healthier lifestyle.

8) Best Social Entrepreneurial Tech Startup

100% Project — 100% Project was founded to shift power into your hands — to initiate change by empowering great teachers to do more for their students. We no longer have to wait for change to come.

9) Best Disruptor/ Gamechanger

Grab — Before Uber, there was MyTeksi — which changed the way Malaysians connect to taxi rides by providing much needed real-time information, security and dependability. While similar competitors took taxi drivers as the competitor, Grab looked at taxi drivers as their customers — which propelled the brand fastest. Get a safe and reliable ride in minutes with Grab.

10) Founder of the Year

Anthony Tan — A highly respected founder and CEO of MyTeksi and Grab. Anthony Tan has inspired and paved the way for budding startups by showing that you can grow a humble startup to a multi-million-dollar business regionally in less than 3 years. Under his leadership, Grab has become a regional household name for secured, dependable community transport service.

11) Startup of the Year

Grab — As a startup company, Grab has inspired and fueled the imaginations for any budding entrepreneurs. It shows that companies can make a social and economic difference to what many have called a “sunset business” and revitalized public transport by providing real time information, dependability and safety for both drivers and riders. Get a safe and reliable ride in minutes with Grab.

For more information on other startups that have won Rice Bowl Awards in individual ASEAN countries, please go to

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