As governments and nations shut their borders and impose lockdowns in the wake of Covid-19, the global market is entering into a period of uncertainty. In Malaysia, as with the rest of the world, there's no denying that it will be an uphill task to stabilise economic growth.
But with every challenge comes an opportunity. Post Covid-19, there will be a chance for new and existing entrepreneurs to attempt to solve issues caused by the pandemic's impact.
We wonder what's next after the dust settles. What industries or businesses will be able to ride out the storm?
To get a better idea of what's to come, we speak to 6 leaders from different investment platforms to learn what they think will be the businesses of the future.
As financial bankers whose job is to back our nation's most promising startups and small-medium enterprises (SMEs), their knowledge and foresight are invaluable when it comes to discovering what the future holds.
Cradle Fund: Juliana Jan
Having been with Cradle Fund since its early days, chief investment officer Juliana Jan has witnessed Cradle's expansion from a grant provider to an investor through the establishment of its venture arm Cradle Seed Ventures in 2015, and the expansion of its portfolio into equity investment.
To startup founders, Cradle Fund is akin to a prep school they go to in order to find their footing in a fast and furiously competitive environment.
“Aside from vetting entrepreneurs for funding, we also prepare them to strategically assess and project their financials. Only when they pass through the pre-seed stage do we let them go into the ‘real world'," she says.