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MDEC adds another master cog to Malaysia's Digital Economy

AvantiKumar | April 25, 2017
MDEC's Dato' Yasmin Mahmood unveils a new move to provide both local and foreign startups and entrepreneurs with the connections and dynamic workspace to drive rapid ASEAN and global growth.

Currently, three digital hubs that have been approved by the government - APW, The Co. and Common Ground; all located in Klang Valley. (
She said MDEC has also introduced strategic partners - Microsoft, Next Academy, Maybank, and Y Academy with Kejora to run programmes that will help the startups to grow further.
Microsoft will provide

  • Training, mentoring and cloud services for startups at APW
  • Training and assistance for VR/AR startups at the HoloLens Centre at APW

 Next Academy:

  • Talent Building Programme for Startups. Pilot is on Digital Marketing to assist startups in developing a stronger MVP (minimum viable product). Sessions to be held at APW.


  • Mentoring, technology adoption and potential investments into participating startups. Programmes, initially to be held at The Co. include:
  • Maybank In Residence - to be conducted once every 2 months, where Maybank will touch base with the community in the digital hubs.
  • Maybank Fintech program: An annual programme, themed "Go-to-market with Maybank" with market access opportunities

 Y Academy supported by Kejora at all Malaysia Digital Hubs

  • Startups Talent Development Programme at Common Ground
  • A customised market immersion programme, named "Frequent Flyer Geeks" that provides market insights and prepares startups for entry into the Indonesian market. Startups can connect with potential partners, investors and in certain cases regulators. The programme is a collaboration with an Indonesian-based venture builder, Kejora. It is open to all startups at Malaysia Digital Hubs.

The latest edition of this article lives at Computerworld Malaysia.


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