ECHELON Malaysia is back and better than ever. Happening for the very first time in the Silicon Valley of the East, we’re bringing ECHELON to Georgetown, Penang with a digital platform and an intensive two-day event, localised for the Malaysian market.

Attracting international speakers, investors, mentors, startups and the tech community; delegates will be engaged in both high-level keynotes and this year’s deep dives into the 3 verticals; Hardware & IoT, Travel Tech, Creative Content. With the focus on making this year’s conference an experience like no other, ECHELON Malaysia will shatter expectations and take your business to the next level.


Government Ministries and Agencies

We partner with the movers and shakers from government ministries and agencies helping push Asia’s tech ecosystem forward

Technology Investors

From Angels to VCs, be it early to growth stage, show your involvement and fund the best startups from all over the region

Startups and Entrepreneurs

Be it boot strapped, seed funded or growth stage, make your presence known and grow to become the next billion dollar company

SMEs, Corporations and Institutions

We work with SMEs to the largest companies in the world, from banking to the mining industry, who are eager to expand their reach and grow their business

Digital Professionals

Echelon is a multiple pot of people from diverse backgrounds: Tech, business, design and marketing experts looking to share their expertise in their respective fields


We partner with media companies for all over region, looking to cover innovation and new, interesting tech companies


Deep Dives

Indulge in workshops focusing on industry verticals: Hardware & IoT, Travel Tech, Creative Content where industry veterans provide their insights and years of experience being in their fields.

Explore Penang

As a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, Penang is a melting pot of culture, history and good food. Don’t miss out to explore Penang a town without parallel in Southeast Asia.

Heritage Race

Uncover and immerse yourself in local stories and culture, here’s your chance to explore what The Pearl of the Orient has to offer!

2017 Speakers

Terry Gold

Managing Director

TechStars Adelaide
Chen Chow Yeoh


Cheryl Yeoh

Former Founding CEO

Andy Sitt


Fred Chong

Group CEO

WebTVasia & Prodigee Media
Clive Ellul Hawthorn

Director of Market Management

Christine Tan

SVP Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific

Jee Shen Lee


Faeez Fadhlillah

CEO & Co-Founder

Khailee Ng

Managing Partner

500 Startups
Jacqui Hocking

Managing Partner

Yeoh Siew Hoon


Web in Travel
Koichi Saito

General & Founding Partner

KK Fund
Joshua Agusta

Head of Investment Portfolio

MDI Ventures
William Gozali

Head of Investment

MDI Ventures
Kaneswaran Avili


NIDA Rooms
Dileep Kannan

Head of Regional Partnerships

DoubleClick by Google
Kuo-Yi Lim

Managing Director

Monk's Hill Ventures
Michael Lints

Venture Partner

Golden Gate Ventures
Charles Thomas


The Hangout
Florian Cornu


We are CxO
Chandra Firmanto


IndoGen Ventures
Warren Leow

VP Strategic Partnerships & Revenue

Nic Lim


Dinesh Nair

Director, Developer Experience and Evangelism

Albert Lafuente

Director of Sales & Marketing

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa and Golden Sands Resort
Jack Tan

Principal Consultant

Ideaweaver Consulting
Laís de Oliveira

Malaysia Country Manager & Chief Community Officer

Victor Chua

Vice President

Gobi VC
Ron Ramanan


Chris Cheong

Corporate Director, e-Business

Berjaya Hotels & Resorts
Nazrin Hassan


Richard Lee


EXA Global
Pravan Malhotra

Venture Capital

International Finance Corporation
Bobby Liu

Senior Director

Topica Edtech Group
Adelene Tan

Director of Revenue

Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Lalitha Wemel

Regional Manager (Startup Programs)

SaiKit Ng

Executive Director

Captii Ventures
Andrew Ooi

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Vicky Lay

Managing Director

Artesian Venture Partners
Chris Tran

Co-Heads Corporate Finance Asia

North Ridge Partners
Jin Xi Cheong


Desmond Lee

CEO & Co-Founder

Appxplore Sdn Bhd
Ober Choo

Egineering Manager

Cytron Technologies
Mark Yong

CEO & Co-Founder

Garuda Robotics
Rebecca Kux

Community & Portfolio Relations

500 Startups
Andri Yadi

Founder & CEO

Clarence Leong

CEO / Founder

En. Nizam Mohamed Nazri

Chief Operating Officer


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A glimpse of this year's agenda

08:05 AM - 09:05 AM
Registration & Networking

DESCRIPTION: Grab your conference pass and a cuppa! It’s going to be a productive day.

09:05 AM - 09:10 AM
Opening Remarks
09:10 AM - 09:40 AM
We will be announcing this shortly...

SPEAKER: Chen Chow Yeoh, Co-Founder, Fave

09:40 AM - 10:10 AM
[Presentation] Navigating the Map of the Money

SPEAKER: Florian Cornu, Co-Founder, We are CxO

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
[Presentation] The 3 Things Growth Companies Always Fuck Up

SPEAKER: Terry Gold, Managing Director, Techstars Adelaide

10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
[Fireside] Malaysia's Startup Ecosystem From A Unicroach's Perspective

SPEAKER: Warren Leow, CEO, Designs.net/VP Strategic Partnerships & Revenue, 123RF

MODERATOR: Clarence Leong, CEO/Founder, EasyParcel

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
[Fireside] Facilitating a Thriving Startup Ecosystem from the Bottom Up in Malaysia

MODERATOR: Kevin McSpadden, Editor, e27

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
[Fireside] Lessons & Insights From 17 Years Of Entrepreneurship

SPEAKER: Andy Sitt, Founder, 123RF.com

MODERATOR: Bobby Liu, Senior Director, Topica Edtech Group/Founder, Hub.IT

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Lunch & Networking

DESCRIPTION: Eat up, everyone! Say hi to the exhibitors & don't forget to exchange cards.

01:30 PM - 06:00 PM
[Free & Easy] Networking & Exhibition Showcase

DESCRIPTION: Light refreshments will be served to all attendees for a free & easy mingle as we conclude Day 1 of Echelon

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
[Presentation] Developing and Commercialising Technologies for Defense and Security
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
[Presentation] The Future, The Hardware, The IoT
02:30 PM - 03:10 PM
[Workshop] Getting Started with IoT Startup & Rapid Prototyping

SPEAKER: Ober Choo, Egineering Manager, Cytron Technologies

03:10 PM - 03:50 PM
[Fireside Chat] Smart Devices: Trends and Opportunities between Europe and Southeast Asia Markets

SPEAKER: Danny Goh, Co-Founder, Innovatube

03:50 PM - 04:30 PM
[Workshop] Design & Supply Chain
04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
[Presentation] Cloud & Platform

SPEAKER: Dinesh Nair, Director, Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft

05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
[Presentation] The Future of VR: Synergising Hardware, Software and Content

SPEAKER: Richard Lee, Chief Executive Officer, EXA Global

05:30 PM - 06:00 PM
[Presentation] Building Project Survey / Air Traffic Control using Drones

SPEAKER: Mark Yong, CEO and Co-Founder, Garuda Robotics

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
[Presentation] Malaysia's Funding Ecosystem: Stakeholders, Trends, Investment Models, Exits

SPEAKER: Nazrin Hassan, Chief Executive Officer, Cradle

02:00 PM - 02:40 PM
[Panel] Seed Fund: Theses & Strategy

Chandra Firmanto, CEO, Indogen Capital
Koichi Saito, General & Founding Partner, KK Fund
Kamarul Nizam Bin Kassim, Partner, Intres Capital

MODERATOR: Nic Lim, Partner, 8Capita

02:40 PM - 03:20 PM
[Panel] Series A Fund: Theses & Strategy

Kuo-yi Lim, Managing Director, Monk's Hill Ventures
Michael Lints, Venture Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Chris Tran, Co-Heads Corporate Finance Asia, North Ridge Partners
Carmen Yuen, Director, Vertex Ventures

MODERATOR: Becky Kux, Community & Portfolio Relations (Southeast Asia), 500 Startups

03:20 PM - 03:50 PM
[Presentation] Corporate Venture Capital: Theses & Strategy

SPEAKER: Joshua Agusta, Head of Investment Portfolio, MDI Ventures

03:50 PM - 04:20 PM
[Presentation] Venture Debt

SPEAKER: En. Nizam Mohamed Nazri, Chief Operating Officer, MDV

04:20 PM - 04:50 PM
[Presentation] Equity Crowdfunding & Syngergies between China, Australia and Southeast Asia

SPEAKER: Vicky Lay, Managing Director, Artesian Venture Partners

05:20 PM - 05:50 PM
[Presentation] Late Stage Funding and Fund of Funds

SPEAKER: Pravan Malhotra, Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation

05:50 PM - 05:55 PM
[Closing] Closing Ceremony with Khazanah Nasional
01:30 PM - 01:45 PM
Setting The Stage

SPEAKER: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder, WIT

01:45 PM - 02:10 PM
[Presentation] Reimagining The Web: Smell, Taste, Touch of A Multi-Sensory Internet

SPEAKER: Charles Thomas, CEO, Hangout Malaysia, Imagineering Institute

DESCRIPTION: Charles Thomas pulls back the curtains on the work that’s being done in the Johore Bahru-based Imagineering Institute and wonders at the implications this could have on travel if the Web becomes a world of senses, not just clicks and transactions. Followed by Q&A.

02:10 PM - 02:35 PM
[Fireside] Kopi with Chris Ong

SPEAKER: Chris Ong, Founder, George Town Heritage + Hotels

DESCRIPTION: This sixth generation Peranakan retuned to Penang to answer destiny’s call, to preserve and conserve the island’s shophouses not to be museums but living places for travellers. His goal – to make shophouse living as quintessential to the Penang experience as villas are to Bali and ryokans are to Japan.

02:35 PM - 02:50 PM
[Presentation] Global Travel Trends and Malaysia’s Place in Planet Travel

SPEAKER: Clive Ellul Hawthorn, Director, Market Management, Malaysia & Singapore, Expedia Lodging Partner Services

DESCRIPTION: What are current global travel trends and how is Malaysia faring in the big picture of things? Insights from one of the world’s largest travel brands, Expedia, and perspectives into inbound into Malaysia, and Penang. Followed by Q&A

02:50 PM - 03:10 PM
03:10 PM - 03:40 PM
[Panel] The View From Hospitality

Christine Tan, Vice President Asia Pacific, FASTBOOKING
Albert Lafuente, Director of Sales & Marketing, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Penang
Aaron Hung, Senior Director of Partnerships APAC, TripAdvisor
Chris Cheong, Corporate Director, e-Business, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts

MODERATOR: Jack Tan, Principal Consultant, Ideaweaver Consulting

DESCRIPTION: How has technology changed the hotel industry? And how are hoteliers in Penang and elsewhere in Malaysia adapting to the dynamic, and increasingly complex and competitive market?

03:40 PM - 04:10 PM
[Panel] Meet the Travel Dreamers

Faeez Fadhlillah, CEO & Co-Founder, Tripfez
Ron Ramanan, CEO, GoQuo
Kaneswaran Avili, CEO, NIDA Rooms
Jason Lee JeeShen, Founder, Softinn

MODERATOR: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder, WIT

04:10 PM - 04:30 PM
[Presentation] Low Cost IT Flights of Fancy

DESCRIPTION: We'll be announcing the details shortly!

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Registration & Networking

DESCRIPTION: Grab your conference pass and a cuppa! It’s going to be a productive day.

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Lunch & Networking

DESCRIPTION: Eat up, everyone! Say hi to the exhibitors & don't forget to exchange cards.

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
[Presentation] Workspaces of the Future: Creating Value through the Power of Communities

SPEAKER: Laís de Oliveira, Malaysia Country Manager & Chief Community Officer, Flyspaces

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
[Presentation] Peering into Indonesia's Startup Ecosystem

SPEAKER: William Gozali, Head of Investments, MDI Ventures

02:30 PM - 03:20 PM
[Panel] Malaysia's Competitive Advantage From A VC Perspective

Michael Lints, Venture Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Koichi Saito, General & Founding Partner, KK Fund
Sai Kit Ng, Executive Director, Captii Ventures
Victor Chua, Vice President, Gobi VC

MODERATOR: Lalitha Wemel, Regional Manager (Startup Programs), Techstars

03:20 PM - 04:50 PM
TOP100 Fight Club: Malaysia

Judge: Koichi Saito, General & Founding Partner, KK Fund
Judge: Michael Lints, Venture Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Judge: Victor Chua, Vice President, Gobi VC
Judge: Carmen Yuen, Senior Executive Director, Vertex Ventures
Judge: Dinesh Nair, Director, Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft

04:50 PM - 05:20 PM
[Presentation] We will be announcing this shortly...

SPEAKER: Cheryl Yeoh, Former Founding CEO, MaGIC

05:20 PM - 05:30 PM
TOP100 Fight Club: Malaysia Award Ceremony
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Networking & Exhibition Showcase

DESCRIPTION: Light refreshments will be served to all attendees for a free & easy mingle as we conclude Day 2 of Echelon

08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Echelon Malaysia 2017 Official After Party

DESCRIPTION: Details to be revealed shortly!

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
[Presentation] Healthcare & China Access

SPEAKER: Dr Wei Siang Yu, Founder and Executive Chairman, Borderless Healthcare Group

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
[Presentation] To be announced shortly...


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
[Presentation] Drone, Autonomous & Agriculture

SPEAKER: Jin Xi Cheong, Founder, Poladrone

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
[Fireside Chat] From Maker to Startup

SPEAKER: Andri Yadi, Founder & CEO of DyCode and DycodeX

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
[Panel] To be announced shortly...
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
[Fireside Chat] Building the next Unicorn

SPEAKER: To be announced shortly...

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Lunch & Networking

DESCRIPTION: Eat up, everyone! Say hi to the exhibitors & don't forget to exchange cards.

09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Investor Hangout
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
TOP100: EC Connect (Offline)
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Lunch & Networking

DESCRIPTION: Eat up, everyone! Say hi to the exhibitors & don't forget to exchange cards.

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
[Opening] Opportunities & Challenges in SEA Digital Media Entertainment Sectors

SPEAKER: Fred Chong, Group CEO, WebTVasia & Prodigee Media

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
[Presentation] Leveraging Ecosystems & Technology to Share Influential Stories

SPEAKER: Jacqui Hocking, Managing Partner, VSStory

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
[Presentation] Dev Tools: Distribution & Monetization Through Programmatic Advertising

SPEAKER: Dileep Kannan, Head of Regional Partnerships, DoubleClick by Google

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
[Presentation] From 0 to 100: The Journey of Inspidea and The Potential of 2D Animation Studios

SPEAKER: Andrew Ooi, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Inspidea

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
[Presentation] 3D, FX & Effect

SPEAKER: Mirage Works

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
[Presentation] Straddling The Ups and Down of the Mobile Games Industry and Successfully Monetising It

SPEAKER: Desmond Lee, CEO & Co-Founder, Appxplore Sdn Bhd

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
[Presentation] Not All Fun and Games: What It Takes To Publish Games
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Lunch & Networking

DESCRIPTION: Eat up, everyone! Say hi to the exhibitors & don't forget to exchange cards.

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
[Presentation] Let's Talk Controversial: Choosing Sides On Social Media
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
[Presentation] Transforming Digital Marketing & Content Creation Through Innovation

SPEAKER: Rafiq Razali, Chief Executive Officer, Media Prima Digital

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
[Presentation] Peering Behind The Scenes of Local Film Productions


03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
[Presentation] How Can Creative Content Producers of Asia Benefit From YouTube Partnerships

SPEAKER: Vishal Sarin, Content Partnerships & Business Development Hea, YouTube (Southeast Asia)

03:30 PM - 03:35 PM
Closing by WebTVAsia

Full Agenda


Play a significant part in Echelon Malaysia 2017. Be the pillars of support, the heroes of innovation, the supporters of the underdogs, the nurturers of local entrepreneurship. If you are looking to speak, sponsor or partner with us for Echelon Malaysia, contact us today.







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