The AsiaForward Startup Day: Exchanging Asia’s brightest ideas organised by Alibaba partner, Handsprofit Sdn Bhd, aims to accelerate digital transformation for local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups in growing their businesses via cloud infrastructure on March 24.
According to Tham Lih Chung, executive director of Handsprofit Sdn Bhd, the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for many businesses with a survey by Alibaba Cloud in 2021 stating that 84% of Malaysian businesses believe that cloud-based tools and digitalisation efforts has been the most important factor for business continuity and disaster recovery during Covid-19.
“As the local partner for Alibaba’s first international innovation center outside of China, we are committed to supporting Malaysian businesses in their cloud transformation journey with solutions that are easily deployed, readily integrated into existing IT infrastructure and secured with cutting-edge technologies,” he said.
He added that the AsiaForward Startup Day: Exchanging Asia’s Brightest Ideas is designed to be a full-day hybrid event of interactive knowledge exchange, gathering the best of Southeast Asian startups of all stages, leading Venture Capitalists (VC) and notable Chinese startups to discuss opportunities in the region’s hottest sectors such as Fintech, Robotics, AI and e-Commerce.
Additionally, the session will also feature Malaysian VCs and three winners from past demo days held in Malaysia as they share their experience running a startup, the challenges and rewards as well as new opportunities and new ways of doing business during the pandemic, it said.
Malaysian startups and SMEs attending the event can also expect to hear from successful, experienced leaders and panelists in the ecosystem as well as startup peers.
Among the interesting topics that businesses can look forward to are:
Into the future: New technology frontiers on the cloud;
Asia’s digital golden age: Risks and opportunities;
Innovate Malaysia digital future;
Panel talk: Defining the Malaysian startup challenges and opportunities in 2022; and
Startup stars sharing: How to build a thriving Startup?