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Rocking the Start-Up Scene in Malaysia by Cradle


Rocking the Start-Up Scene in Malaysia by Cradle

14 August 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre) View map
Admission FREE
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Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) has helped fund over 900 Malaysian tech start-ups and holds the highest commercialisation rate amongst government grants in the country. Through our products, initiatives and efforts, ensure aspiring entrepreneurs become the leading startups with the necessary assistance provided by Cradle.

Cradle is deeply passionate about innovation and Entrepreneurship – we want to create leading startups by creating an ecosystem that supports a strong and innovative business-building environment for technology entrepreneurs. Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) is Malaysia’s early stage start-up influencer, incorporated under the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (MOF) in 2003 with a mandate to fund potential and high-caliber tech start-ups through its Cradle Investment Programme (CIP).

Throughout its 13-year history, Cradle has helped fund over 700 Malaysian tech start-ups and holds the highest commercialisation rate amongst government grants in the country. Having more than a decade of experience in the nation’s grant funding scene, Cradle further expanded its role from grant provider to the investor through the establishment of its venture arm, Cradle Seed Ventures in 2015 and following its portfolio expansion to equity investment in early 2017, Cradle now offers both funding and investment assistance. Cradle’s product offerings are not only restricted to monetary aid but also include commercialisation support, coaching and various other value-added services to cater today’s entrepreneurs’ diversified needs.

Join this one hour interactive session to find out more about Cradle,

Key takeaways

Cradle & the ecosystem

  • Who is Cradle
  •  Cradle mission
  •  Our Impact
  • Our start-ups

Cradle offerings

  • Funding & Investment – CIP300, DEQ800 (co-investment) & CSV
  • Focus Area/Sector, Eligibility, Business Stage etc
  • Value Add Services & Support – Coach & Grow Programme (CGP), Angel Tax Incentive, Ecosystem Value Add (EVA)


Time Activity
10:00 AM Arrival and Registration
10:30 AM Sharing Session by Cradle
11:30 AM Q&A
12:00 PM End

Our Speaker

Maisarah Shariff

Investment Manager of DEQ800

Maisarah Shariff joined Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) in March 2015 and is currently the Investment Manager of DEQ800, an equity investment product under Cradle which works on diversifying investment strategy for a maturing start-up ecosystem in Malaysia. Maisarah actively works with the investment team in all aspects of the investment from origination and deal structuring through due-diligence & portfolio management, on-going monitoring & review (operational, financial performance & industry benchmarking) of investment.

She has diverse experience in fund management, marketing and commercialization. She is actively working in developing early stages of business solution and business model to assist Cradle recipients pave their way to success. Maisarah is appointed as one of the Innovation and Commercialization panel for Universiti Malaya since 2018.

Maisarah graduated from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Prior to joining Cradle, she started her career as a Research Officer with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), where her research varied from generating innovative technologies for the development of food and agriculture
industries. This has given her a strong knowledge in transfer of technologies and commercialisation in improving agriculture productivity and food quality, as well as to create viable agri-businesses.

After two years working as a research officer, Maisarah joined the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) as a Commercialisation Officer and Special Officer to the Head of Secretariat for MOA Pre-Commercialisation Fund – TechnoFund. Her work on various projects such as managing TechnoFund innovation & commercialization grants worth RM114M.