The Founder Institute has announced the launch of the advanced version of its pre-seed accelerator programme for its Kuala Lumpur 2019 cohort.

The Kuala Lumpur 2019 cohort will include the Founder Institute’s newest company-building programme, which it claims is suitable to address the needs of advanced founders in MVP (minimum viable product) stage, as well as aspiring new entrepreneurs at the idea stage. This is a project that has just been launched in 2018 in collaboration with hundreds of startup leaders across the globe.

The Kuala Lumpur Chapter will be led by local startup leaders Heislyc Loh (Founder & CEO, Devs Asia), SaiKit Ng (Chief Executive, Captii Ventures), and Navin Danapal (SOSV SEA Director). They will be partnering with both regional and local ecosystem players such as MOX, Captii Ventures, Cradle, MaGIC, as well as the Malaysian Government’s Digital Hub co-working locations like Co. Bangsar to promote the programme.

Aspiring entrepreneurs or teams interested in building a company with some of Kuala Lumpur’s top startup mentors are invited to apply to the Kuala Lumpur 2019 Founder Institute, or attend a free startup event hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Founder Institute.

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Applicants who submit by the early application deadline (2019-02-24) are eligible for a variety of scholarships, including the Female Founder Fellowship, which is offered to the best overall female applicant.

Mentors who have expressed interest in helping Kuala Lumpur Founder Institute participants include Ashwin Jeyapalasingam, Co-founder and COO, CatchThatBus; Benson Chang, Founder, TableApp; Chen Chow Yeoh, Co-Founder, Fave; Cheng Leong Foong, Owner, Foong Cheng Leong & Co; Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, Founder of Douglas Khoo, Co-founder,; Edwin Wang, Founder,; Feng Lim, Co-founder, At20s; Ganesh Kumar Bangah, Founder & Executive Chairman, Commerce.Asia; Henry Ng, Director, Mansec; Ian Chua, Co-founder & CEO, Hermo; Jasmine Hor, Founder & Creative Director,; Jeffrey Paine, Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures; Johnson Goh, Partner, Cause Effect; Juliana Jan, Chief Investment Officer, Cradle Fund; Kar Khoon Khoo, Board member, Media Chinese International; Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups; Kwee Bee Chok, Managing Partner, Teak Capital; Luqman Adris, Co-founder, Avana; Nadhir Ashafiq, Co-founder & Executive Director, TheLorry; Peter Yoong, Co-founder of CtrlShift, Pulsifi and InvolveAsia; Ron Ramanan, Founder & CEO, GoQuo; Roy Ng, CTO, Director, iSentric; Sasha Tan, Founder & CEO, Favful; Thomas Yip, Founder & CEO, Radica Software; Tzu Ming Chu, Founder & CEO, Persuasion Technologies; Victor Chua, Managing Partner, Vynn Capital; Wai Hong Fong, Co founder, StoreHub; and Zhen Hui Low, Associate Director, Captii Ventures.

The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 150 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to ‘globalise Silicon Valley’ and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, get into seed accelerators, generate traction, recruit teams, build products, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Founder Institute graduate companies include fast-rising startups across six continents like Udemy, Realty Mogul, Travelcar, goplaceit, and Appota.

Since its launch in Kuala Lumpur in 2013, and subsequently Penang (2016-2017) and Johor Bahru (2018), a total of 54 technology companies  — like Poladrone, Royal Tenant, SimplrHub, and Cidekick — have graduated within Malaysia from Founder Institute programme.