There’s no shortage of scrappy startups across Southeast Asia. No matter which country you’re in, there’s a team nearby attempting to conjure solutions to solve real-world problems (or provide a desirable service).
Malaysia is no exception, but the startups that are formed in the country often have a crutch early on—from the state. That’s not to say the government has made running an early-stage startup easier in Malaysia. The process still requires grit, smarts, and a well-thought-out plan. But it has shaped the trajectories of many entrepreneurs’ endeavors.
There is an alternative. Founded in 2019 by entrepreneurs who wanted to set up an accelerator program that they themselves could have benefited from, ScaleUp Malaysia is shaping the country’s startup scene roughly ten teams at a time, taking on new batches each year, with coaching that extends beyond that period.
KrASIA spoke with Aaron Sarma, ScaleUp Malaysia’s general partner and coffee expert, to find out more about the accelerator program. Check out our interview here.
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