Startup fest returns


Lim (fourth from left) together with Petaling Jaya councillors from Zone 7, 10, 11, 16 and 19 who will jointly host the PJ Startup Festival 2019

Lim (fourth from left) together with Petaling Jaya councillors from Zone 7, 10, 11, 16 and 19 who will jointly host the PJ Startup Festival 2019

THE PJ Startup Festival 2019 will commence next week and it will be packed with startup experts, booth exhibitors and investors sharing their insights.

Over 100 booths will be offering grants and showcasing their ideas at the Petaling Jaya Civic Centre.

The non-profit event aims to connect the most innovative and interesting startups in the Klang Valley to venture capital, banks, agencies, policymakers and develop the growth of entrepreneurship and new business start-ups in Selangor, said Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lim Yi Wei.

“The event is a grassroots activity. It is free for the public to attend and enhance their knowledge in startup businesses.

“They could also draw inspiration from those who have succeeded in their business and learn how they could apply for grants from investors,” said Lim.

Among the event partners are Bank Negara, United Nations, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Bernama, RTM, Khazanah Nasional, Cradle, NanoMalaysia, Social Security Organisation, Human Resources Development Fund, Celcom and Angkasa Platinum.

Councillor Farhan Haziq Mohamed said various topics will be covered then such as fundraising, idea pitching, digital marketing, interactive discussion with policymakers and experience sharing.

Highlights include understanding the latest startups and tech trends, entrepreneurial tips, skills, and networking big-data analytics, machine learning, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and hardware makers, insights into space technologies, drones, and robotics as well as cryptocurrencies.

Among the exhibitors are Bank Negara, Google Malaysia, Malaysia External Trade Development Corp, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre and NanoMalaysia.

The PJ StartUp Festival 2019 is a joint effort between Petaling Jaya Zone 7, 10, 11, 16 and 19 councillors and Lim.

There will also be talks by successful Malaysian startup companies and fun science activities for children.

The event will take place on Feb 22 (3pm to 6pm), 23 and 24 (9am to 6pm). The festival was held for the first time last year.