HUBBA Thailand collaborated with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, a Malaysia-based digital agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, to host a group of regional startups from Malaysia. This program hosted by HUBBA is called Expand Thailand, which aims to support the Malaysian startups in initiating market entries and provide market access opportunities. This year has seen six innovative startups stepping foot into Bangkok with a clear vision of expansion plans.
The six regional startups from Malaysia are as follows:
Throughout the days in Bangkok, these Malaysian startups have met up with a wide range of companies from the government agencies, small-medium enterprises to local startups. These meetings have allowed them to gain insightful information and knowledge about the Thailand market from expertise of different fields. In addition, expanding their network and forming potential partnerships with the Thai companies.
On their final day in Bangkok, there was also a Networking Night event specially for the startups over at HUBBA’s newest co-working space, HUBBA-Sathorn. The keynote speaker of the night was Hataipat (Pearl) Wisuthseriwong, VP Regional Business Development Country Manager Thailand of ServisHero, an application that connects customers and service providers. This Malaysia originated startup is an exemplary of Malaysian startups expansion opportunities into the Thailand market. The speaker shared different experiences of the opportunities and challenges faced by ServisHero within the Thailand market.
Amarit Charoenphan, CEO & Co-Founder of HUBBA Thailand, said, “MDEC is one of our strongest partners at HUBBA and we’re proud to be the main partner to help bring Malaysia startups to Thailand. Malaysia has been on of the key driving force to develop and connect the ecosystems in SouthEast Asia and I have benefited greatly from MDEC’s initiatives and opportunities to connect with the Malaysia ecosystem. It’s an honor for me to be able to assist Malaysia startups to expand in our tech ecosystem which is one of the most vibrant in Asia for years to come!”
Keasavan Hari Krishnan, Market Engagement Lead, Growth Ecosystem Development of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), said, “The cross border collaboration between HUBBA Thailand and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has created market access opportunities for Malaysian startups to expand their network and services to Thailand.”
Expand Thailand 2019 would not have been possible without our partner MDEC and the six innovative startups. HUBBA is extremely honoured to have been a part of these startups expansion journey into Thailand.
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC is the lead agency in driving the digital economy in Malaysia under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. Since its inception 22 years ago, MDEC’s mission is to develop the nation’s digital economy. MDEC’s implementation efforts are centred on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalysing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.
HUBBA Thailand is SouthEast Asia's premier entrepreneurship and startup hub. As a Google For Startups space, our coworking community works with driven individuals and teams from all over the world, and is pushing innovation on all levels. As curator of the startup ecosystem in Thailand and SouthEast Asia, HUBBA’s community building team is committed to growing entrepreneurship.