1. Twenty3: 23-year-old Sherlyn Tan gave up her position as Business Director at Groupon Malaysia to start her own fashion label. The risk to quit a cushy corporate job has paid off as she recently won the Alliance Bank BizSmart SME Innovation Challenge 2015.
Beginning with RM5,000, the Penangite says that much of that money was initially wasted on bad website designs and defective stocks. Also, being a new small startup in a highly competitive industry saw few that were willing to fund her cause. star2.com
Twenty3 beat six other Malaysian companies to take home the Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin Entrepreneurship Award, the first prize in the SME Innovation Challenge that comes with a prize money of RM250,000!
Check out Twenty3 here.
2. Kaodim. “Gao Dim” means “take care of it” in Cantonese, which is exactly what the startup does. It serves as a platform to link users with service providers. With hopes of expanding its services across Southeast Asia, it has raised over USD4 million through venture capital.
It also is transforming small and medium sized businesses like never before. They receive thousands of requests for their services on their smartphones, tablets and computers everyday, allowing them to make an instant connection with new clients at an unprecedented rate.
Malaysia-based startup Kaodim today announced it raised a US$4 million series A round of funding led by Venturra Capital. Other participating investors in this round are Beenext, 500 Startups, and East Ventures. The company says it will use this funding to launch in other major cities in Southeast Asia and expand its product offerings to include other services in the home, lifestyle, wellness, education, and business categories, among others.
Check out Kaodim here.
3. Dah Makan. With the goal of delivering affordable and delicious meals to busy working young adults, the startup has gained prominence in the food industry – with over thousands of orders per month.
Check out Dah Makan here.
4. wobb. The startup offers users a peep into working in a new environment. Aside from that, it helps users source out companies with great culture – wobb doesn’t stand for ‘Working On Bean Bags’ for nothing.
Don’t be fooled by the unassuming job description on the “Search Jobs” tab. Click on the “See Our Office”, “Hear Our People” or “Experience Our Culture” to experience not only their interior office, but also be able to watch testimonies from the current employees.
Check out wobb here.
5. The Alphabet Press. Founded earlier this year, The Alphabet Press uses the art of letterpress printing – an old printing method where paper is inked and impressed simultaneously manually.
Letterpress printing is an old printing method where paper is inked and impressed simultaneously manually. The Alphabet Press currently employs the modern letterpress method instead of the older movable type method.
With the movable type method, a lead type is used instead of ink and it is limited to fixed fonts and sizes. You would have to play around with a fixed set of words.
Apart from custom wedding invitations, The Alphabet Press also makes business cards.
Check out The Alphabet Press here.
6. EasyParcel. The first web-based courier delivery platform in Southeast Asia aims to help expedite the process of parcel delivery. Some of the partners including Poslaju, Skynet and many others.
Calling itself the booking.com for courier services, EasyParcel allows users to check for delivery rates and book services from multiple courier companies
Their aim is to make every e-commerce merchant’s life easier by providing their online service. In addition, we were told to anticipate more features and integration of them with other multiple e-commerce platform as well as courier partners that will soon provide international delivery, same-day pick up and probably even same-day delivery.
Check out EasyParcel here.
7. The Battery Shop. By breaking away from conventional car battery workshops, the startup provides delivery services within an hour.
The Battery Shop exists for one reason; to get you back on the road quickly and safely. Unlike your average workshop, we use technology and our hearts to deliver exceptional customer service, after sales service, reliability and transparency. And that’s because we understand how frustrating it is to have your car broken down
Check out The Battery Shop here.
8. Touristly. This web-based service strays away from tour groups by giving users a chance to plan their own travel intinery.
Touristly does not sell any travel packages, rather, it acts as a curator by helping you search through different restaurants, spas or other places of attraction in a particular country of region.
It’s trip planner serves as a personal concierge that gives travellers the power to effectively become their own travel agent and create unique itineraries.
In December 2014, Touristly secured an investment from Netrove Ventures Group, a regional investment and advisory firm with offices in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Bangkok and Hanoi. The investment is testament to Touristly being in the right space and on the right track.
Touristly aims to serve key markets in Asia and Australia and be the definitive trip planner for the region. It currently features over 3,000 deals at more than 35 top destinations in the region and will expand to more destinations by the end of the year.
Check out Touristly here.
9. 100% Project. Through the concept of crowdfunding, this startup is aiming to push Malaysian education forward by giving the public a chance to contribute
Founded by a trio of friends, 100% Project has done so well at its launch that it ran out of projects to fund. The co-founders were surprised and encouraged by how supportive the public has been, so much so that they have ran out of projects for the public to fund!
Since its inception, 100% Project has partnered with other businesses like foodpanda to help market their products.
Check out 100% Project here.
10. Bookdoc. The recently launched app provides users to seek medical attention at any time of the day by ‘booking a doctor’. The startup was given the title the title of having raised the highest pre-seed valuation in the Asian tech app history!
The platform will only be limited to corporate clients for the time being as they as they just completed their seven-digit pre-seed evaluation (USD) a month ago, giving the company the title of having raised the highest pre-seed valuation in the Asian tech app history.
Check out BookDoc here.
11. KFIT. The startup provides users a one-stop pass to gyms, fitness centres around the South East Asia region. Recently, it landed a $3.25 million funding round led by Sequoia, a venture capital firm in the US.
The service are available in markets including Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Taipei, Bangkok, Manila, and more. Classes will be available for the likes of yoga, crossfit, pilates, cycling, zumba, pole dancing, kickboxing, bodybuilding, bootcamp, etc.
Check out KFIT here.
12. GoGet. The startup connects those who want to get chores done, and those who will do it for them, for a fee. GoGet has been growing faster than the founding team initially projected. By the seventh week, its database of customers had crossed 500, which is really impressive!
Most of the chores are deliveries, usually of delicate items like lunch boxes, cakes and flowers. Sometimes, GoGetters are asked to queue up to buy things, or to get people to fill up survey forms. A GoGetter has even delivered machinery from Johor Baru to Kuala Lumpur!
Former management consultant turned entrepreneur Francesca Chia saw a business opportunity in this. Chia started GoGet after leaving her job as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. She believes this is the right time for start-ups and a service like GoGet. She also stated that GoGet was in some ways inspired by Yelp, the online urban guide and business review website founded in San Francisco in 2004.
Check out GoGet here.
13. Speedrent. By cutting away the middleman, the startup allows interested landlords to rent out their properties to potential tenants without the help of property agents.
“We are thinking regionally, in ASEAN, there will be a population of 660 million by 2020. Using the same formula, I deduced the number of houses required for rent should stand at close to 25 million,” founder Wong Whei Meng said. techinasia.com
Check out Speedrent here.