Huawei Malaysia launches incubator and acceleration programme for tech startups
01 Dec 2020
Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has brought the Huawei Spark programme to Malaysia — a programme which aims to incubate and accelerate company growth and build an ecosystem for businesses in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
The programme was launched today in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s (MDEC) Global Acceleration and Innovation Network programme (GAIN) and powered by TM ONE — the enterprise and public sector business solutions arm of Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) — through its Alpha Edge Cloud platform.
The competition was launched online followed by a panel discussion featuring experts from Huawei, MDEC and TM ONE on the tech ecosystem in Malaysia.
MDEC chief operating officer Datuk Ng Wan Peng said the Huawei Spark programme is a hybrid accelerator programme to support deep tech companies in APAC, with a focus on firms that use 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning & Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Edge Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) application, leveraging Huawei’s technological and innovation leadership.
“The programme aims to drive output in the areas of e-commerce, Fintech, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Smart Cities.
“There is a rise in demand for digital solutions and deep tech innovations, hence, MDEC’s GAIN programme partnership with Huawei for the Spark Programme is very timely. It will provide local tech companies with the opportunity to gain financial support, test their go-to-market strategies, and connect with mentors, among others,” he said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Mohamad Rejab Sulaiman, general manager of Data Centre, Cloud and Internet, TM ONE said: “In today’s digital age, cloud is the backbone technology powering all other innovative technologies such as 5G, AI/Machine Learning & Analytics, IoT, and Edge Computing. As the cloud service provider via our α Edge platform, we are pleased to be partnering with Huawei and MDEC in this programme.
“It complements our recently announced collaboration with MDEC, in our joint efforts to further strengthen the digital readiness of Malaysia, including digitally empowering micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), in support of TM’s unique role as the enabler of Digital Malaysia.
“We look forward to more innovative solutions created through this initiative, and perhaps exploring the possibility of partnering with these companies in the future.”
Huawei Malaysia CEO Michael Yuan said: “Through this collaboration, I believe we will be able to create a conducive space for businesses to grow, to build a healthy ecosystem where they can thrive, and together with their innovative solutions, drive digital transformation across the country to firmly position Malaysia as the heart of Digital ASEAN.”