PIKOM SEA Dragon Venture Platform Connects Global Investors with Malaysian Start-Up


The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) unveiled its inaugural SEA Dragon Venture Platform recently, aimed at connecting scale up companies in Malaysia and across the South East Asia region with global venture capitalists, corporate investors and high net-worth individuals.

Venture Capitalists and Investors attending the PIKOM SEA Dragon Venture Platform event in Kuala Lumpur last week

PIKOM’s SEA Dragon Venture Platform is broken into two categories of funding based on the pitch and potential of these startups and scale ups.
  • Series A: USD 1-3million
  • Series B/C: USD 3-25million or more

 The Sea Dragon Venture Platform has proven to be a fruitful initiative, attracting more than 170 companies from Malaysia and SEA region ready to wow the investors to get the much-needed funding to take them to the next level.

It was no easy task as the stakes were high and after a grueling first round phase, about 40-45 companies were shortlisted from the initial 170 plus applicants by the advisory committee comprising partners of this platform.

In the second round, these companies were further screened via phone interviews before moving on to the next round based on three broad areas of growth, technology and the funding amount to be raised.

After several mentoring sessions, two companies were dropped to reveal the final 32 companies who will be given the opportunity to directly pitch to more than 40 venture capitalists, investors and high net worth individuals (see partial list in Table 1) from China, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, Malaysia and across the region.

The Sea Dragon Venture Platform is organised by PIKOM with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) as strategic partner.

PIKOM Venture Investment Chapter Committee Chair C.S. Chin said the PIKOM SEA Dragon Venture Platform is Southeast Asian premier venture pitching platform for hot scale-up companies looking for VC funding, business mentoring and global market expansion.

“PIKOM SEA Dragon Venture Platform is the first in a series of events that will take place this year. We will also be announcing an event exclusively for startups to be held at the end of the year,” said Chin.

“This is the first of more such opportunities under the PIKOM SEA Dragon Venture Platform that will be available for scale ups across the region. We hope to get more applications from potential companies looking for investors. At the same time, we hope that more investors will come forward to join our SEA Dragon Venture Platform which is not only playing a matchmaker role to great ideas and the right funding but also building the Southeast Asia funding eco-system,” added PIKOM Chairman Ganesh Kumar Bangah.

List of Venture Capitalists and Corporate Investors
No Company Name No Company Name
1 Active Angel Investor Steve Hsia 17 Vickers Wei Luo
2 Active Angel Investor Thomas Varghese 18 KK Fund Koichi Saito
3 Inventec Ventures Arnold Jang 19 Monk's Hill Reez Nordin
4 China Trust Bank Winston Hsia 20 500 Startups Khailee Ng
5 China Trust Bank Tanna Yong 21 Intres Capital Chok Kwee Bee
6 China Trust Bank Hsu Bao Shan 22 Greenpro Capital CK Lee
7 SOSV/Chinaccelerator William Bao Bean 23 RHL Ventures Raja Hamzah
8 Sumitomo Equity Corp Francis Wong 24 Khazanah Effizal Faiz
9 500 Startups (China) Edith Pu San Yeung 25 Sun Sea Capital Evan Cheah
10 AppWorks Joseph Chan 26 Sunway ST Chua
11 Leonie Hill Thoo Wee Meng 27 MDV Nizam Nadzri
12 BaasInfra James Huang 28 MAVCAP Jamaluddin Bujang
13 Monk's Hill Chow Yee Hoong 29 Cyberview Najib Ibrahim
14 Mountain Kejora Ventures Andreas Surya 30 Commerce.asia Capital Ganesh Kumar
15 B Capital Dave Ng 31 Magic Ashran Ghazi
16 Golden Gate Michael Lints 32 Cradle Nazrin Hassan
33 PitchIn Sam Shafie