The Malaysian entrepreneurship spirit is on an all-time high as we look to become a fully developed nation by 2020. With advancements in internet access, high mobile penetration and enhanced security, it is hard to keep up with the number of start-ups being formed in our nation. Paired with efforts by government and private sectors such as MaGIC, there is definitely no lack of assistance for entrepreneurs with great ideas for products and services in the country.
While some start-ups did not last long enough to see the light of day, others overcame its adversities and went on to be a new-market disruption. Here are 6 prominent start-ups that has really made Malaysians’ life easier & happier.
Unless you are Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour or part of the Fashion Police team, fashion styling is not something most Malaysians excel in. To solve the issue of “I don’t know what to wear” and curb the fashion crime rate in the country, Ombré came up with a free fashion stylist app to improve people’s fashion sense.
Ombré works by firstly identifying the user’s physique aspects such as body shape, skin tone and other physical traits. Once made known to the app, it will then suggest the right outfit for the specific user based on detailed algorithms.
Revolutionising the home-cooking scene in Malaysia, this app aims to make households fall in love with cooking by removing the biggest obstacle to cooking: the preparation phase. As meal preparation can be a mentally frustrating and physically tiresome activity, Foodit assists users by helping them plan what to eat, deliver the ingredients to their home and provide a comprehensive guide on how easily prepare a nutritious & delicious home cooked meal.
This app is great not only for the amateur cook but for experienced home cooks as well. With new recipes being introduced each week, Foodit keeps its users inspired by encouraging them to try new flavors and techniques outside their comfort zone.
This app is perfect for those who refuse to be confined within a gym membership for life. With KFit, users can be anywhere in Malaysia but still stay fit by accessing fitness centres nearest to where they are.
This app gives users the ability to explore different fitness routines and at an affordable price point. Regardless if it’s a simple treadmill run in the gym, intensive weight lifting, exciting Zumba rooutines, or that pilates class, KFit is the best app for active users yo stay fit without being tied down to a gym or class membership.
iMoney comes in extremely handy for those who are looking for the best credit card, broadband plan, personal loan or other financial plans. With so many financial plans, investment and credit cards, users can now easily find that needle in a haystack by shortlisting the financial product or plan that best suit their needs. For example, if a user often drives and is looking for his first credit card, iMoney is able to shortlist the best credit card that will benefit road-users.
iMoney is great in simplifying confusing financial jargons by educating and making it easy for Malaysians to understand which financial product or plan is best for their car loan, home loan, first credit card or their first financial investment.
Here is an app that is more than just a service to make our lives easier, but one that also helps bring a smile to your lady’s face. With different flowers made available every day, Happy Bunch fully utilises social media pages like Instagram & Facebook to feature its daily bouquet. What is amazing for many is its affordable price point and same-day delivery service at MYR42 (USD10.55).
Founded by a team of passionate florists, Malaysians can easily send a bouquet of lovely flowers to their loved ones in celebration of a special occasion or as Happy Bunch suggests that sometimes “you really shouldn’t need a reason to send flowers”
Imagine features by SkyScanner, Agoda and Google all combined into one specifically for online shopping. Yes, that is iPrice. As a price aggregator, iPrice is an online shopping mall which provides users a platform to discover various products from different online merchants at the tip of their fingers. Think of it as an e-mall where users have the opportunity to view various products all under one roof. This provides online shoppers easy access to a large variety of merchants’ products and coupons such as Zalora, Lazada, 11Street and many other shops all under one website.
Founded since October 2014, iPrice provides users access to over 40 thousand brands, over 25 million products to online shoppers across 7 countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong.
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