Sunway iLabs announces 4th cohort of its collaboration with Japan’s JETRO

Sunway iLabs announces 4th cohort of its collaboration with Japan’s JETRO

  • Japanese startups have access to mentorships, Sunway sections
  • Meet over 50 VCs, angels, entrepreneurs & corporates during M’sia vacation

The JETRO startups with Yuhei Enguchi, director of JETRO Kuala Lumpur (standing, far right) and Dr. Melissa Foo, head of Sunway iLabs Ventures (standing, 4th from left).

Sunway Innovation Labs (Sunway iLabs), the innovation arm of Sunway Group and Sunway University has chosen five startups to undergo the Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme arranged in collaboration using the Japanese External Business Organisation Kuala Lumpur (JETRO Kuala Lumpur), a government associated organization that encourages trade and investment between Japan plus Kuala Lumpur.

Sunway iLabs explains that the cooperation provides Japanese tech startups direct access towards the Malaysia ecosystem and also to leverage on Sunway’s ecosystem to speed up growth and possible. Startups will have entry to one-to-one mentorships by industry experts within and beyond Sunway, discuss with potential business companions, attend workshops as well as connect with Sunway’s 13 business units and Sunway’s ecosystem.

“Through the past 3 cohorts and 5 success cases with Sunway iLabs, we are sure that this acceleration program has been named a good entry-point in to the Malaysia ecosystem to get Japanese startups. We are going to definitely do our best to create fruitful results through this fourth cohort by carefully supporting Japanese companies, ” said Yuhei Enguchi, director of Jetro Kuala Lumpur.

1 success story through the previous cohorts can be Toy Eight, a Japanese Edutech startup company that builds AI assessment tools. They partnered Sunway University for a research project that aims to address socio-educational issues in Southeast Asia. Toy Eight has also established their particular presence in Malaysia by setting up the TOY8 Playground in Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

The top five selected are:

  1. 80& Company Inc : Evangelizing game based learning to develop learners’ lifetime ability
  2. AI inside Inc : DX support for companies and organizations by digitizing analog data using AI and utilizing electronic data
  3. BoostDraft Inc : AI  Creating Assistant tailored for Legal Documents that  is  integrated along with Microsoft Word   
  4. Credit Engine Inc : A one-stop lending and debt-collecting solution for fin-tech/financial institutions to increase the efficiencies of financing and debt gathering process.
  5. RevComm Incorporation : MiiTel is the self-coaching tool made for companies who are carrying out sales/CS/support via phone or Zoom

“We see the synergies between your startups that have been shortlisted and also their possible to grow in the Southeast Asia region. The particular technology and solutions will enhance company processes as well as improving lives of the community here, ” stated Matt van Leeuwen, chief innovation officer of Sunway Team and director associated with Sunway iLabs.

The five selected startups lately visited Sunway City to connect with the local ecosystem, increasing the efficiency to localize products and services that attracts the Malaysia marketplace in half the time and cost through collaborations. Throughout the three times, the startups had been connected to over fifty venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, and corporates.

Sunway iLabs announces 4th cohort of its collaboration with Japan’s JETRO In a few weeks, the startups will be pitching to local and regional VC funds, investors, industry leaders and companies for follow-on funding or collaboration.

“We are excited to have the Japan startups to test their solutions in Sunway City to find the product market fit in the local market and believe we will be in a position to provide the support they need to grow across Malaysia and Southeast Asian countries, ” said Dr Melissa Foo (pic) , head of Sunway iLabs Ventures.