| | DECEMBER 20234By 2025, the number of startups in Malaysia is projected to exceed 10,000. The Malaysian government aims to make Malaysia a regional center for startups by 2025. The government is planning multiple initiatives to achieve this, many of which are already in motion. However, one of the unique among them that will give an instant boost to the country's startup ecosystem is the new startup fund launched by Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP), Malaysia's public service retirement fund. KWAP has launched a 500 million ringgit ($106.68 million) vehicle to invest in startups and venture capital funds over the next 18 to 24 months.The early-stage Dana Perintis fund is an endeavor to spur the nation's venture capital (VC) and startup ecosystem. The fund will invest half of its corpus, or 250 million ringgit, directly into startups. The other half will go into a fund-of-funds to support venture capital funds. KWAP plans to choose 10 VCs from the 38 proposals it received earlier this year. However, the government alone can't make this possible. This vital push needs relentless support from the industry as well as academia. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has always been at the forefront of leading this effort. Aligned with its tagline, "innovative, entrepreneurial and global", UTM has produced more than 50 tech-based spin-off companies, banking on its R&D niche areas such as Frontier Materials, Resource Sustainability, Innovative Engineering, Health and Wellness, and Smart Digital Community. Some of UTM's research-based spin-off companies have sustained millions of revenues annually and yielded high returns to the University. Indeed, UTM alumni have been leaders in all walks of life, and this yearly special issue is dedicated to them. Sujith VasudevanManaging Editoreditor@ceoinsightsasia.comEditorialUTM is Aiding Malaysia's Startup Ecosystem Vol 04 · Issue 4-5 · DECEMBER, 2023 Publisher Alok Chaturvedi Manager - DesignPrabhu Dutta A.R.N Ray Noida Rohit Raghubanshi Akshay Shettyadvertise@ceoinsightsasia.comEditorial queries editor@ceoinsightsasia.comTo subscribeVisit www.ceoinsightsasia.com/subscribe/ or send emailto subscription@ceoinsightsasia.comMagazine Price is $50 per issuePublisher Alok ChaturvediPrinted and Published By Alok Chaturvedi on behalf of InfoConnect Web Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., and Printed at Precision Fototype Services at Sri Sabari Shopping Complex, 24 Residency Road Bangalore-560025 and Published At No. 124, 2nd Floor, Surya Chambers, Old Airport Road, Murugeshpalya, Bangalore-560017.Copyright © 2023 InfoConnect Web Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of any text, photography or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the magazine and accordingly, no liability is assumed by the publisher. Designers Tushar Das V. Hari Priya VP - Sales & Marketing Amrit Singh Circulation Manager Magendran Perumal Editorial Team P. Tejaswini Nalini Brahmanapalli Roshan Akthar Roopalatha H Keerthana Kantharaj Managing Editor Sujith Vasudevan Assitant Editor Hima P M
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