Following the success of previous years’ Summit since 2015, The MBAN Angel & Corporate Investment Summit revitalises itself for 2022, with the theme - The Future of Innovation, Investment & Entrepreneurship. The two-day Summit takes a forward approach diving into opportunities and trends for early stage investing and also introduces some of the new philosophies and instruments for investing that are trending in the investing communities globally. Supported by Cradle Fund and Hong Leong Bank, the goal of this Summit is to bring together the global investing and startup community, to foster learning and inspiration – and provoke conversations that matter. The Summit will be held as a hybrid event, and will include participation from regional and global angel investors, corporate organisations, entrepreneurship ecosystem players and entrepreneurs.
Learn from industry experts, engage with the global investing and startup community and get insights on the latest investing trends!
MBAN Summit 2022
As Malaysia continues to develop its entrepreneurial ecosystem and progresses towards becoming a developed nation, technology innovation and entrepreneurship will be the most important drivers for the progress and prosperity of the nation. The National 4iR Policy, Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint and the Malaysian Startup Ecosystem Roadmap 2021-2030 have all outlined specific pillars that focus on driving private sector investments into technology innovation and digitalisation, thus making the role played by Angel & Corporate Investors even more critical in expanding the pipeline of investible businesses.
Angel, Corporate and Venture Capital Investors, Policy makers, Investment Advocates, Corporate organisations, Startup community and anyone else who are involved in the investing and startup ecosystem.
Rafiza Ghazali was appointed as Cradle's Group CEO on 1st June 2020. She has over 26 years of experience in Finance, Audit, Investment, Strategy and Business Development within a wide range of industries, including Banking, Energy, Plantations, Property, Healthcare, Automative, Industrial, Media/Information and Consumer-Goods.
Rafiza brings a wealth of experience in strategy, innovation, finance and business management. She has held leadership roles across both private and public organisations and has successfully implemented programmes ranging from technology-based innovations, corporate-start-up partnerships to organisational transformation and re-structuring.
Prior to Cradle, Rafiza was the Chief Financial Officer at Velesto Energy Berhad ("Velesto"), a Malaysian-based multi-national player in the upstream oil & gas sector. During her tenure at Velesto, the company undertook a successful turnaround and transformation exercise that led to a return to profitability after four years.
Rafiza was Head of Group Innovation & Business Performance at Sime Darby Berhad ("Sime Darby") where she led a group-wide effort to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across the business units, including to encourage start-ups-corporate partnerships. Rafiza started her career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Australia and later held senior roles in strategy, corporate finance and accounting in several leading organisations including Bank Negara Malaysia, RHB Investment Bank Berhad and Thomson Reuters.
Rafiza holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from the Säid Business School, University of Oxford.
Dzuleira Abu Bakar is a seasoned personality in technology and venture capital. She is the CEO of the Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology & Innovation (MRANTI), the national research commercialisation agency through the convergence of Technology Park Malaysia and Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC).
She is focused to fast track innovations to market, taking ideas to impact through the commercialisation of homegrown technology, in our push to make Malaysia a high-tech, high-income nation.
Dzuleira is an influential voice in Malaysia’s innovation, start-up and entrepreneurship ecosystem. She is on the UTM Board of Directors. She was also the CEO of Cradle Seed Ventures, a growth stage venture capital fund, and a Council Member of the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM).
She has also served in various roles across government agencies, GLCs as well as the private sector such as Usaha Tegas, Malaysian Venture Capital Management Berhad, Khazanah Nasional; and has held multiple roles in technology & innovation, venture capital & private equity, corporate finance, legal & governance, deal structuring and stakeholder management.
Chief Investment Officer of Penjana Kapital. Penjana Kapital was incorporated in July 2020 as part of Government of Malaysia’s initiative to accelerate the development of a future innovation economy. Its main role is to stimulate the economy through investments in innovative fast-growing businesses. Prior to his appointment, Taufiq was in Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) as Director of Research. He was also once Director of Equity. He had also served ValueCap Group as Chief Executive Officer of VCAP Asset Managers. Armed with 15 years of experience in the fund management business, he has a deep commitment to the development of viable as well as vibrant capital market in Malaysia. He read Law for his undergraduate and Management as a postgraduate, both at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). He also went to Westminster Business School.
Dato’ Fadzli Shah is the Chief Executive Officer of MX Global Sdn. Bhd., one of the four Recognized Market Operators - Digital Asset Exchanges (RMO-DAX) registered under the Securities Commission Malaysia, since being appointed in August 2021. Besides, he is also the advisor for Zetrix, a layer-1 public blockchain that facilitates smart contracts and delivers privacy, security, and scalability.
He is armed with 18 years of working experience in the tech, startup, venture capital and national development sector. Amongst the prominent positions held prior to his current position was the Chief Strategy Officer for the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), one of the prominent parties consulted by the government during the drafting of the National Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Policy that has resulted in its eventual launch in June 2021.
Dato’ Fadzli is a graduate of 3 prestigious Universities, namely the University College of London, London Business School and also Harvard University. He was previously attached to Team Venture Capital where he managed to raise a US$ 50 million fund from High Net Worth (HNW) and family offices to make investments in startups at Series B, mostly focusing on energy, eCommerce, fintech and agriculture."
Alan Lim is the co-founder and CEO of MediaBanc Group; the biggest media monitoring and insights company in South-East-Asia since 1997. He fully exited the business in mid-2014 when the company was listed in the ASX as iSentia Group Ltd, formerly known as Sentia Media and before that Media Monitors.
Prior to MediaBanc Group, Alan, who obtained a BSC in Marketing and an MBA from the United States in 1987 worked in the advertising industry for close to 10-years at The Star media group in Kuala Lumpur, and at Asatsu, an international Japanese advertising agency in both Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. An entrepreneur by heart, Alan Lim co-founded a market intelligence agency by the name of Pacific Forum (with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore and Tokyo) and an advertising agency called Grandmont in Kuala Lumpur before his exit in 1997 to start MediaBanc Group.
Today, Alan Lim has moved into the significant second half of his life where he spends most of his time; he is the Principal Advisor for Nexea Angels, a venture builder, and he mentors & coaches many young Entrepreneurs in his spare time as part of his ‘giving back to society’. He also gives his time to MBAN (Malaysian Business Angel Network) as the President and also participates as an investor in many startup companies in the SEA region.
Dr. Siva has been an Entrepreneur and Angel Investor over the last 30 years and has a Ph.D in Venture Capital from the University of Edinburgh In Scotland. He is the President of the Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN), the Association that represents high net worth Angel investors.
He is also on the Management Committee of the Malaysian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (MVCA) He was also the Founder & Past President of TeAM, the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia, and was Director of TeAM’s Policy Institute. In his role as a Founder and longtime Advisor to TeAM he has also written White Papers and submitted many policy recommendations to the Government of Malaysia.
Dr.Siva is an active Angel Investor and has made several investments in technology companies in the education, medical device, Internet based businesses and User Experience (UX) industry. He is also the Chief Investor of Proficeo Ventures Sdn Bhd an Angel investment company. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of Proficeo Consultants, an Entrepreneur Coaching & Mentoring company that has coached 1,000 companies in Malaysia over the last 8 years including the highly successful “Coach & Grow Program” under Cradle Fund and the Ministry of Finance.
Dr Melissa Foo is a global investor and portfolio manager focusing on impact investment, ecosystem development and innovation. Melissa was based in New York from 2013 – 2016 and worked on multiple earlystage deals in FinTech, Healthcare, Education, B2B, Real Estate Technology and Social Enterprise.
Melissa consults for the Malaysian government on Ventures and Corporate Entrepreneurship (Ministry of Finance – Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre) and Social Innovation (Prime Minister’s Department – National Innovation Agency).She is a speaker and mentor at MaGIC Academy and Lean StartupAsia. Melissa received an MBA from Columbia Business School with a dual-concentration in Family Enterprise Management & Impact Investing.
Melissa also serves on the board of her family healthcare company based in Malaysia. Prior to that, she obtained her dental qualifications from the University of Melbourne and was attached to the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Hospital Sungai Buloh, specializing in trauma and facial reconstruction. When she is not identifying the next big thing in impact and innovation, she is passionate about travel, meeting people, making connections and giving. Her philanthropic work with the family organization serves underprivileged communities across Southeast Asia.
He is passionate about getting Corporates to embrace change and use technology to innovate in this fast changing business environment. He advocates for corporations to learn and work with startups. In his 20 year stint in PwC both in Malaysia and in London, he helped corporates navigate the changing business landscape and when he was Managing Director of Ricoh Malaysia he brought about transformation of their business model to double their revenues in 6 ½ years. After that he was Group CEO at a local chemical manufacturer and distributor, and later as Group CEO of Rotiboy. He now runs his own consulting practice.
Peter has a Design Thinking certification from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has run sessions to help corporates innovate. He is now a coach at the MIT/Asian School of Business MBA program in Kuala Lumpur. He is also a Vistage CEO Chair and coaches CEOs to become better leaders, make better decisions and transform their lives. Peter has personally invested in close to 15 startups and mentors them under NEXEA Angels, an early stage VC of which he is a partner.
Matt is Chief Innovation Officer of Sunway Group and Director of Sunway iLabs. Sunway iLabs is a smart partnership between Sunway University, Sunway Group and Sunway Ventures to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovations with the end goal to help entrepreneurs build their business and accelerate scale up. He is also an active Council Member of the Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN), the official trade association and governing body for angel investors and angel clubs in Malaysia.
Previously he was a commercialisation specialist in PlaTCOM Ventures (a subsidiary of the Innovation Agency Malaysia), and gained significant entrepreneurial experience through three start-ups he co-founded in the UK, Singapore, and Malaysia. Before he started out as an entrepreneur, Matt was a consultant at the Cambridge-MIT Institute and Library House in Cambridge (UK) and an Analyst at Imperial Innovations in London (UK), one of Europe’s leading Tech Transfer Offices.
Matt is trained at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), where he gained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and a MSc in Science & Business. He was also a Research Scientist at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge and served as an Exco member of the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs Society.
Matt was recently recognised as one of the personalities of the year (2020) by PC.com and Business Today for the positive impact that he has created for the community through the various innovation projects in Sunway iLabs.
Elain is a Co-Founder and Director in Ata Plus, a Malaysian licensed Equity Crowdfunding platform. Upbeat and optimistic, she believes nothing is impossible and all challenges are just another form of opportunities. This proves to be the fuel in her 23-year career in the areas of management, business strategy, human resource, business development, relationship management, marketing and corporate communications.
She has served notable organisations, namely Petronas, MDeC, Malaysia Debt Ventures, DiGi Telecommunications and Packet One Networks. She currently sits on the Board of Western Union Payments Malaysia and the Chairman of Western Union Internal Audit Committee, while being actively involved in the start-up community, advising entrepreneurs in funding, strategy and operations. Elain is instrumental in establishing Ata Plus’ partnerships, deal screening and operations framework. Elain graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Actuarial Science and MSc in Operational Research.
Experienced Fintech ecosystem builder based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Karen has over 20 years of experience in Strategy, Communications and Marketing.
She is the Head of Malaysia for She Loves Tech, the world's largest pitching platform for women-led and women-impact entrepreneurs. Most recently, GSMA Foundation appointed Karen to be one of their mentors for the Pacific Islands/Myanmar region startups program, a yearly initiative with the Australian government.
Karen is the current President of the Fintech Association of Malaysia, a national platform to support Malaysia to be the leading hub for fintech innovation and investment in the region.
Dan Toma is the author of 2 award winning books on the topic of innovation in large organizations, Innovation Accounting (2021) and The Corporate Startup (2017). His inspiration for the thought-leadership work comes from the work he is doing with his colleagues at the consultancy office OUTCOME, where they are helping large organization transform to become more innovative while effectively running their current core business.
Sam is the CEO and Co-Founder of pitchIN, a registered Recognised Market Operator (RMO) that offers an Equity Crowdfunding (ECF) and Initial Exchange Offering(IEO) platform for companies to raise funding and for the general investment community to invest. pitchIN is also the first RMO to receive approval to launch their Secondary Market for ECF.
Sam also co-founded WatchTower and Friends (WTF) Accelerator, that invest in early stage technology startups. Sam has a legal background, having stints in the Attorney General Chambers, the Securities Commission as well as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission in various position.
Tunku Danny is an ex-banker having worked in senior positions in London and Kuala Lumpur at Standard Chartered and BNP Paribas, from diverse fields such as Asset-Liability Management, Money Market Sales and Financial Institutions Coverage.
Tunku Danny had 15 years of financial services experience before he founded microLEAP, an Islamic & Conventional Peer-to-Peer (P2P) financing platform. microLEAP is a proudly Malaysian fintech company that helps underserved businesses access crowd-sourced funds and is regulated by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC).
Tunku Danny is also a Founding Member of iConnect – Fintech in Islamic Finance, a group made up of industry players, regulators and researchers tasked with the mission of making Malaysia a global Islamic fintech hub.
Tunku Danny holds an MBA from the Nottingham University Business School.
Naysan is the Co-Founder of MoneyMatch which is an award winning digital platform licensed in Malaysia, Brunei & Australia executing cross border trade payments and individual remittances. MoneyMatch is now executing over a billion ringgit annually across 110 countries and this rapid success has been driven by optimizing our treasury operations with proprietary machine learning algorithms as well as integrations with blockchain solutions which was the first in Malaysia for swifter global disbursements.
Margie is the CEO of Thoughts In Gear (TIG), a Sustainability and Social Impact consulting firm. Her goal is to translate Sustainability intentions into actions - establishing clear strategies, frameworks, roadmaps and actionable plans. TIG works with corporations to include Sustainability and ESG principles into their core business; and with non-profits for strategic and systemic impact. Her team also works closely on reporting and measurement to global standards in ensuring that impact is well defined, tracked, and reported upon.
Graduated an Electrical Engineer, Margie has a Sustainability Leadership certification with the London Business School. Before founding TIG, she worked with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Intel, HCL Technologies and the CIMB Foundation. TIG’s achievements include setting up South East Asia’s first Sustainability Accelerator with 100 listed companies, producing Asia’s Best Sustainability Strategy and Report, setting up South East Asia’s largest Collective Impact Initiative for education, producing a Harvard-commended SROI Analysis, and most recently producing a COVID-19 Vaccine Management Country Guide that has been used in countries around the world.
Dr. Haniza Yon is the founder and CEO of Global Psytech. She provided the management and intellectual leadership in the development of various analytic solutions that have been used in Malaysia as well as internationally. Her past experience included as a psychometrician at ETS, Princeton, New Jersey, as a Vice President at IKS, Illinois, USA and as a Principal Researcher in the Artificial Intelligence Lab and a Director of the Psychometrics/Cognitive Analytics Labs at MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia. Her research and business objectives are centred around the application of behavioural science and technology to predict human potential and capabilities.
by Mr. Alan Lim / President MBAN / Principal Advisor, Nexea Angels
As Malaysia progresses towards becoming a developed nation, technology innovation and entrepreneurship will be the most important drivers for progress and prosperity for the nation. The National 4iR Policy, Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint and the Malaysian Startup Ecosystem Roadmap 2021-2030 have all outlined specific pillars that focus on driving private sector investments into technology innovation and digitalisation. The discussion will focus on the catalyst required to drive private sector investment into the realm of innovation and digitalisation for future economic growth and development.
It takes a village to raise a child and it takes an ecosystem to raise a unicorn. The Digital Economy Blueprint, which was released last year, aims to develop five Malaysia-based unicorns by 2030. With that vision in mind, this session dives into the factors that make Unicorns unique and the key ecosystem elements and investment strategies which can be replicated to identify and scale high potential startups.
As the world is changing rapidly, there is now more pressure on established companies to innovate. But established companies face challenges on how to develop and innovate and managing their core business at the same time. Dan Toma and The Corporate Startup provide companies with a blueprint of how to manage innovation while they execute on their core business - provide frameworks, visualisations, templates, and methods that can be easily applied to develop new products and business models.
For companies that are embracing innovation, standard accounting documents are often insufficient and sometimes irrelevant. Established companies have begun to understand the need to become more digital and to innovate, however the management tools available for leaders seeking to understand the investments in innovation are lacking. Therefore, a new complementary system for measuring and tracking innovation is required. Innovation Accounting is a practical guide for these companies to measure and track innovation, and this sessions dives into the why and how companies can jump on the bandwagon and embrace innovation adoption at a deeper level.
Without a doubt the revolution and evolution of technology and innovation has shifted the way we live, work, play and experience life. The unprecedented pace of advancement in technology and innovation is creating new opportunities for those with an appetite for risk. This segment takes a deep dive into some of the trending innovation verticals in the market, helping you make sense of the opportunity and what we can expect as business models for the future.
Malaysia is committed to the development of a sustainable and robust startup environment and to this end the government has developed several roadmaps and action plans for the advancement and commercialisation of technology innovations, with the aim of becoming a high technology and high income nation by 2030. As Malaysia prepares to take this leap, we explore what are some of the trending innovations investors need to keep an eye on and how we can create an enabling ecosystem for organisation and talent to broaden their access to opportunities that come with these advancements.
Dr. Melissa Foo, MBAN Vice President / Head, Sunway iLabs Ventures
In recent years we have seen an increasing range of investing options available for investors such as equity crowdfunding, peer to peer fundraising blockchain-based financing through initial coin offerings (ICOs & IEO’s) to name a few. Although some of these instruments are still at an early stage, insufficient awareness and understanding of these alternative instruments, their modalities and operations have held back their broader use. In this session we will hear from operators of these platforms as they provide advice, insights, know-how on how to get started and some predictions they foresee for the future.
This masterclass will take us through the history of shares and what their digital transformation means, the classification of digital assets, how digital shares actually work, the changing landscape of finance, stakeholder capitalism and how to get started with this investment opportunity.
ESG refers to the environmental, social and governance information about a firm. There is growing evidence that companies that take their environmental and social responsibilities seriously perform better financially. This has naturally made investors sit up and take notice. ESG investing, or sustainable responsible investing (SRI), uses this information about a company to inform investment decisions that prioritise all stakeholders. As these standards gains momentum globally, how are Malaysian companies adapting to the ESG investing landscape, and the impact of its adoption on the startup ecosystem?
15 minutes ESG overview
Followed by 1 hour of Panel Discussion Panel:
A plenary wrap up of the 2 days covering the summit key themes, learnings and discussions. If you missed any of the sessions or you need a quick refresher, this plenary session brings together representatives from each session to share their key takeaways.
The MBAN Summit brings you a Special ASEAN Edition of the Enter The Tiger’s Lair, a pitching session where startups pitch to an audience of Angels and a panel of Judges (‘Tigers’) for a chance to secure investments.
The regional edition features 6 most promising ASEAN startups that will be battling to secure investments from the ‘Tigers’. This carefully curated session will feature finalists that went through a rigorous selection process to first win a place as 'national winner' in order to pitch in this regional competition. The finalists will be representing 8 of the partnering ASEAN Angel Alliance (AAA) countries.
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Companies that are Angel funded tend to do better, this shows us that Angels play a huge role in the success of business ventures.
Dr. Sivapalan VivekerajahImmediate Past President/ Council Member Mban, Senior Partner Of Scaleup Malaysia on how Angels make a difference in the growth of the startup ecosystem.
Each has a different model and approach to angel investing, but all share the same aim of wanting to support angel investing.
James LetteMAIN.PH, Philippines on the 2018 Summit on angel investing in Southeast Asia
Angel investing is necessary for corporates to accelerate their digital transformation and corporate innovation journeys.
Alan LimPresident MBAN / Principal Advisor, Nexea Angels on how corporates play an integral part in the startup ecosystem.
Past Summit Highlights
The Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN) presented the ASEAN Angel Alliance (AAA) Summit 2018, which was held on the 27th and 28th of November 2018 at DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, with Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) as the main sponsor. Themed “Celebrating ASEAN Angel Investment”, The ASEAN Angel Alliance Summit 2018 provided a platform for angel investors to discover new investment ventures, expand networks, share opportunities and support market intelligence and market penetration throughout the region's ecosystem. Over 300 delegates participated, engaged and contributed towards the advancement of Angel Investment in the region during the 2 day summit. With an increase of over 60% in participation and 90% attendance, the summit culminated on a new high with stronger participation from angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, ecosystem influencers, and industry leaders, as well as sparking deeper conversations on the drivers of future economies, and richer ecosystem involvement.
OVER the two-day Asean Angel Alliance Summit 2018 on Nov 27- 28, many topics were covered by speakers to present their ideas on elevating the angel investor and startup ecosystem in Asean countries. The closing plenary provided a succinct overview of main take-away points for attendees to mull over.
The world is changing rapidly and the pace technological change is unprecedented. According to a whitepaper by ARM, the architects of the ARM family of CPUs, there will one trillion Internet of Things (IoT) devices by 2035 and this signals an incredible change in nearly every industry and sector.
Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs officiated the ASEAN Angel Alliance 2018 (AAA) in Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur on the 27th and 28th of November 2018. The Malaysia Business Angel Network (MBAN) and The Association of Intellectual Property Entrepreneurs and Organisations Malaysia Angel Investors Club (AIPO) are among AAA's members.
THE Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN) will be holding its annual conference on the 27th and 28th of November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd as main sponsor.
The Malaysian Business Angel Network Summit is back again for the year, with a brand new rebrand as the ASEAN Angel Alliance Summit 2018.
The Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN) is the Official Trade Association And Governing Body for Angel Investors and Angel Clubs in Malaysia. MBAN’s vision is to become the official voice of the Malaysian angel investor community as well as a platform for engagement and knowledge sharing for domestic and international angel investors. It also aims to foster the development of angel investing ecosystem within Malaysia. It strives and aims to put forward the agenda of Angel Investing in an all inclusive manner for the benefit of members, the Angel ecosystem and start-ups. MBAN is responsible for the accreditation of individual angel investors and angel investors clubs, creating awareness and training for angel investors, as well as monitoring angel investment statistics in Malaysia.