Endeavor Hosts Event To Help Malaysian Companies Grow & Empower Them To Go Global

The prestigious event brought together a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts.

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On 11 July, Endeavor hosted Future Forum 2023, a gathering of top experts in the consumer industry

With over 400 attendees, the prestigious event brought together a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts, and showcased the journeys of the region's largest consumer brands.

Future Forum has always served as Endeavor's driving force to ignite groundbreaking initiatives, foster a thriving entrepreneurial spirit, and shape the future of Malaysian consumer technology on a global level.

A group photo of Future Forum 2023's attendees, speakers, and guests.

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And the 2023 edition was no exception. It was a powerful catalyst for propelling Malaysian companies onto the global stage and empowering them to push the boundaries of what is possible in the consumer tech landscape.

The successful and impactful event would not have been possible without sponsors CIMB, AWS, and MyStartup, as well as organising partners Penjana, RHL Ventures, CircleDNA, and First Move.

The event kicked off with a captivating keynote session led by Steven Sim, Deputy Minister of Finance

Steven Sim

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As the guest of honor, Sim spoke about the power of Malaysia's diversity and its pivotal role in driving entrepreneurial success. His powerful message urged attendees to seize global opportunities and propel their ventures to new heights.

Also present at the event were Datuk Md Arif Mahmood (Chairman of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, former Executive Vice President & CEO of PETRONAS Downstream), Dato' Syed Haizam Jamalullail (Managing Director at Tuas Capital Partners), Taufiq Iskandar (CEO of Penjana Kapital Sdn Bhd), Timothy Tiah (Executive Director at Colony Co-Working Space), and many more from the ecosystem.

Future Forum 2023 was also graced by an array of notable guests who held sessions to share their remarkable journeys, strategies for success, and invaluable insights into the future of consumer technology

This included prominent industry figures such as:
- Endeavor Emeritus Board Member Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A
- Endeavor Board Member Eric Cheng, CEO & Co-Founder of Carsome
- Endeavor Mentor Joel Neoh, Managing Director at CircleDNA
- Khailee Ng, Managing Partner of 500 Global
- Endeavor Mentor Rafiq Razali, Managing Director of Media Prima
- Endeavor pre-ISP Candidate Lennise Ng, CEO of Dropee
- Endeavor pre-ISP Candidate Melvin Chee, CEO of RPG Commerce
- Janette Chu, Head of Product at CircleDNA
- Samantha Kwok, VP People of Operations at CircleDNA
- Sherry Ho, SVP Marketing & Growth at CircleDNA
- Adlin Yusman, Managing Director of Endeavor Malaysia

Meanwhile, moderators Raja Hamzah (Endeavor Mentor & Managing Director of RHL Ventures), Audra Pakalnyte (Partner at First Move), and Tanvir Walia (Head of Startups, SG & ASEAN Growth Markets, AWS) expertly guided the fiery discussions, ensuring a stimulating exchange of ideas and perspectives.

A notable moment was when Joel Neoh, Managing Director of CircleDNA, exclusively revealed his winning formula for success — an unwavering commitment to learning and observing the global landscape

Joel Neoh

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"I believe while the future of technology is already present, its distribution remains uneven. To bridge this gap, entrepreneurs would need to actively explore various corners of the world, immersing in the entrepreneurial essence of different countries," shared Joel.

"By closely studying innovative products, services, and problem-solving approaches adopted by entrepreneurs across the globe, I gained a broader perspective that enabled me to apply these learnings effectively in the markets I aimed to penetrate," he further elaborated.

Endeavor is the leading global community of, by, and for High-Impact Entrepreneurs

Some of the attendees at Future Forum 2023.

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Driven by their belief that High-Impact Entrepreneurs transform economies, they are on a mission to build thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging and underserved markets around the world.

Since launching its operations in Malaysia, Endeavor actively supports 90 companies, collectively generating billions in revenues and 20,000+ in jobs since selection.

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