M'sian start-ups bag two of three awards in Beijing

Lu Wei Hoong

Two new Malaysian start-up businesses received accolades for their ideas at the TusStar business incubator programme held in Beijing, China, yesterday.

Dropee won the Best Pitch award while CheQQme bagged Best Business Model at the event held by Beijing Tsinghua University.

Dropee is a B2B marketplace that brings together suppliers and retailers (SMEs) on a single platform at a faster, cheaper and reliable rate.

Marketing platform CheQQme focuses on converting online users to offline walk-ins using creative campaigns, bringing retailers much-needed traffic.

China's Youjieke, a commercial cleaning robot, won the Best Innovation award.

The programme saw 10 start-ups from Malaysia competing alongside five Chinese counterparts, presenting various different ideas involving e-commerce and artificial intelligence, among others.

Apart from Dropee and CheQQme, the other local businesses are:

1. Coqnitics (Smart platform Planitics to offer guidance to farmer in fighting pest and harvesting with big data)
2. Homa (Construction material platform for better matching overstock material supply and renovation users demand)
3. Firegent (Using AI cloud solutiok to automatically mine data for immediate analysis for layman)
4. Kwikcar (Mobile car renting apps to allow private car owners to list for short term rental)
5. Malldash (Mobile shopping mall search engine)
6. Pinetop Technology (GPS vehicle fleet management)
7. Rtist (Matching customer with designers)
8. Upal (University student instant part-time job platform)

An initiative by Selangor government

Selangor Information Technology and E-commerce Council selected the start-ups from an idea-pitching competition held in July.

The winners were also promised a knowledge-sharing trip to China.

Selangor executive councillor Teng Chang Khim is leading this delegation on a visit to Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai from Aug 5 to 12, in conjunction with the TusStar competition.

Malaysiakini was invited to participate in the trip.

Teng said Selangor is the first state in Malaysia to have start-ups exchange views in TusStar.

"We brought them here to expand their horizons. They will visit Alibaba headquarters in Hangzhou after Tsinghua University.

"Selangor can offer our startups some assistance to equip themselves, particularly by gaining knowledge from TusStar.

"Formed 20 years ago, TusStar obtained excellent results. We must not limit ourselves to the relatively small market in Malaysia but aim for the global market," Teng said.

He added that as Malaysia has many talents in e-commerce, the nation can shine in the international arena of the industry.


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