5 Women Shaping The Malaysian Startup Space in 2021
Meet five young leaders in Malaysia who are driving change through their impactful startups
Ai Ching Goh
Co-founder and CEO, Piktochart
Ai Ching Goh started her company Piktochart together with her husband after deciding to quit her corporate job. The duo created an easy-to-use web app to allow people without any graphic design experience to create professional-looking infographics. The company has since grown to a team of over 50 employees and boasts 11 million users from around the world. Piktochart also recently launched Piktostory, a new video editing platform that enables users to turn long-form videos into bite-size clips that are optimised for social media.
Co-founder and CEO, Pod
In 2019 Nadia Ismadi launched Pod, a mobile savings app, with the objective of helping gig workers better manage their finances. Most gig workers often cannot access financial products from banks due to their irregular income stream. Nadia, along with her co-founder Ng Ying Teng, is lending them a hand by offering micro-financing, which helps build their credit trail. Pod has successfully attracted users from gig platforms such as GoGet, TheLorry and FoodPanda.
Co-founder and CEO, Dropee
Lennise Ng's B2B online marketplace Dropee connects wholesalers with retailers. The idea for the startup came to Ng when she entered her family business and quickly recognised the need for technology to connect offline-to-online B2B transactions, while also enabling retailers to easily buy and sell stock in bulk. Many micro, small and medium enterprises struggle with proper documentation and need access to digital tools to help them stay relevant. With the e-commerce market bigger than ever due to the pandemic, thousands of businesses depend on Dropee to help digitise their sales channels and optimise costs.
Co-founder and director, Arus Academy
Alina Amir worked as an analyst before joining Teach For Malaysia. Together with three other alumnus of the programme, Amir founded Arus Academy to cultivate a culture of lifelong learning among students, while nurturing their interest in Stem subjects. The organisation develops and organises virtual programmes that teach students about topics such as design thinking, robotics and programming. With Covid-19 closing schools in Malaysia, Arus Academy has also been conducting workshops for teachers during the pandemic, equipping them with the necessary skills to conduct online classes. The social enterprise has also worked with the Malaysian Ministry of Education to build lesson modules and improve the national education curriculum.
Co-founder and chief product officer, PolicyStreet
At insurtech startup PolicyStreet, Winnie Chua and co-founders Yen Ming and Wilson Beh are on a mission to make the process of buying insurance affordable and easy for all. Prior to PolicyStreet, Chua worked for seven years in the insurance industry, with experience at major players such as Allianz General Insurance Company. Since its inception, the company has worked with over 35 insurers and now offers more than 1,000 insurance products, such as car, motorcycle, employee benefit and medical insurance.