The startup’s Olympic creates a dawn for Johor to be the next global startup hub
After its launch for the first time ever held in Johor back in September 2019, Create@ Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest (Create@ Alibaba Contest) has found its Johor winner that would contest against Kuala Lumpur’s counterpart before they could represent Malaysia to compete in what is considered as the Olympic of start-ups pitching in China, held in mid of November, 2019.
Petfed Technology Sdn Bhd, presenting its Pet Care Platform was named the champion for Johor’s pitching session, followed by first runner up, Eurekaism Sdn Bhd – Minimo Tech and second Runner Up, Zeroo Sdn Bhd, both are apps development platforms. The startups were handpicked by national and internationally-renowned judges Allen Chen, CEO of Cross Academy, Wang Jie, Cofounder of Cross Academy, K. Wan Jie, Founder and CEO of Zhejiang Zeqiao Company, Rafe Azsnal, HOD of Digital Ecosystem, Lai Zhu, Director of Jingdong Equity Crowd Funding Investment and Andrew Tan, Managing Partner of ThinkBig Ventures Sdn Bhd Ching, and Director of Finsource Sdn Bhd.
Exco Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, Chairman of International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee was the guest of honour and he encourages even more local startups in Johor to materialise their dreams by using these international platforms like Create@ Alibaba Contest, citing every small ideas starts with a dream. “The Johor government is very excited about this (Create@ Alibaba Contest) project and we hope that we could do a tie-up with Alibaba and hopefully to have their innovation centre here in Johor.”
“I’m optimistic that Johor have the right ecosystem to become a startup hub for high value and high tech thing to come,” he added in the hope of Johor to become the next Hangzhou for its work in developing startups.
In addition to the hopeful innovation centre, Michael Chang from BIGWHEEL Seedbank, the organiser of Creat@ Alibaba Contest in Johor said, “In relation to this Alibaba innovation centre, there are a total of 56 innovation centres in China and this would be the first centre to be placed in Malaysia”.