This award is acknowledged by The

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)

ORGANISED BY
strategic partnerS
Digital economy partner
organised by
strategic partnerS
digital economy partner
ecosystem partners
media partners
ECOSYSTEM partners
media partners

About The Award

Innovation has become a lifeline for many of us. We are witnessing how technology acceleration, especially through digital adoption, coupled with innovation has been a powerful mechanism in paving the way to uplift the economy out of a downturn since Covid began.

The strength, creativity and perseverance that we see, hear and read is remarkably vibrant! With so many great stories of how businesses have responded and reacted and even managed to accelerate growth, it is imperative that the Top In Tech Innovation Awards, brought to you by Digital News Asia and Malaysiakini, honours these innovators, businesses, and their massive efforts that reflect the best face of Malaysia Boleh.

Celebrating Remarkable Innovators and Recognizing Ground-Breaking Technology Adoptions

News from 2021

Prizes

Top In Tech Innovation Awards 2022
Category Trophies

Cash Prize for the
Young Innovator of the Year

Winners’ Ad Grants by Malaysiakini & Digital News Asia (worth up to RM30k)

Access to programmes offered by MDEC

Equidam Valuation Report 
Complementary access to Equidam Valuation report Based on five different methodologies through the collaboration with Equidam.

Green Lane for Funding Programs
Gain direct access to selected MDEC funding programs such as MDEC Pitching Open Day and Founders Grindstone Pitching & Networking

Mentor+
In mentoring, MDEC will facilitate qualified companies with mentors in the technology space.

MIX Programme
MDEC Innovation Exchange (MIX) is an essential link between tech solution providers and the corporates. Startups possess ideas to solve current problems faced within a variety of industries, bringing new ideas and solutions to enrich the industry.  MIX bridges startups with corporates to ensure sustainability between the two with discovery and identification of new talents, business models and innovations provided by startups.

MDEC 1-to-1 Office
Companies can share about their business challenges and for MDEC to support you. Gain valuable industry insights from our MDEC mentors and solid advisory support on business opportunities, fundraising, market access, the MTEP initiative and so much more.

Market Access Programme such as: 

GAIN Connex – Curated 1-to-1 business matching and networking programmes with overseas partners and resellers.

GAIN Expand – Market immersion  bootcamp, to assist companies to build out a business plan and provide them with opportunities to connect with decision makers, influencers, investors, and collaborators.

GAIN Series – Specialised series of in-depth discussions on specific sectors or industry.

Note: 
These programmes are applicable to winners that are digital solution providers with export capabilities. 

Programme names are subject to change without prior notice.

Guideline for awards

Please submit your entries
before 31 October 2021
through the online forms
available here.

SUBMISSION

This applies to 6 categories mentioned below. Please select the category that is best suited to your innovation.

The Entry Guidelines Kit is available for download to find out more about the criteria for each category and the judging process.

Category Lead Judges

Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration and
Young Innovator of the Year

Best Pivot

Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption

Raja Teh
Maimunah

Managing Director Wholesale Banking,
Ambank Group

Thillai
Raj

Senior Technology Advisor,
Wise Al

Chen
Chow

Co-Founder,
Fave

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,
Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association

Most Value Creation

Most Promising

Dr V.
Sivapalan

Senior Partner & Co-Founder,
ScaleUp Malaysia Accelerator

Ganesh
Bangah

Executive Chairman,

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,
Malaysiakini

Karamjit
Singh

Chief Executive Officer,
Digital News Asia

Category Lead Judges

Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

Best Pivot

Raja Teh
Maimunah

Managing Director Wholesale Banking,
Ambank Group

Chen Chow

Co-Founder,
Fave

Most Impactful Public Sector Driving Digital Adoption

Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration and Young Innovator of the Year

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,
Malaysia
Semiconductor
Industry Association

Thillai Raj

Senior Technology Advisor,
Wise Al

Most Value Creation

Most Promising

Dr V. Sivapalan

Senior Partner & Co-Founder,
ScaleUp Malaysia Accelerator

Ganesh Bangah

Executive Chairman,
Commerce.Asia

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,
Malaysiakini

Karamjit
Singh

Chief Executive Officer,
Digital News Asia

Eight
Categories

The judges will be seeking innovators that have skillfully leveraged and incorporated technology into their business to secure a competitive advantage in today’s landscape despite the pandemic in the following categories.

Innovator
of the Year

Recognises a person who has developed a breakthrough innovation / has displayed a streak of innovation throughout their career / is a leader who inspires a community and helps spread an innovative mentality towards improving lives and serve as an inspiration to all.

Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

This award recognises a Brick & Mortar company that has shown exceptional productivity, resilience, and creative thinking in managing business through the adoption of technology amidst the disruptions caused by Covid. Eligible to those with a minimum annual revenue of RM100 million.

Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration

Commercial Category:

This award recognises a University or Polytechnic that has shown strong collaboration with industry over the past 12 months (Nov 2021 to Oct 2022) to strengthen the delivery of its curriculum and ensure graduates are industry ready from the Get Go!

R&D Category:

This award recognises a University whose research has been done with either the private sector or an international partner AND where the results are now tangible and being used by industry.

Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption

A Federal Level & State Level Government Agency that has:

i. Adopted digital to significantly improve the delivery of their services to the Rakyat, to Business or to Investors.

Or

ii. Launched Digital Skills/Adoption programs in collaboration with stakeholders that has seen strong and measurable outcomes.

Most Value Creation

Introducing an exciting and most timely new category in Top in Tech  Innovation Awards this year, our “Most Value Creation” category. This is when the proverbial rubber meets the road i.e. show me the money category! Most timely as with stock markets swooning, inflation looming, valuations falling; investors want to see startups grow up and start making money. And that’s what this category’s finalists and winners will have demonstrated…that they have created value for their investors through free cash flows and profitability and thereby showing increased valuation since being invested in! This is going to be a tough category. Can the submissions impress our Lead Judge and his team of judges?

Most Promising

Startup

This award recognises a startup in operation for below 18 months that has shown excellent resilience, productivity, and promising scalability with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company

This award recognises a company that has shown excellent resilience, productivity and promising scalability with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

Best Pivot

Startup

This award recognises a startup that has shown tremendous pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company

This award recognises a company that has shown tremendous pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

Young Innovator
of the Year

This award, curated for Gen Z, will salute a young talent or team for displaying outstanding creativity and an innovative mindset in developing new or improving processes and products for today or tomorrow.

ORGANISED BY
For enquiries about the Awards
and brand partnerships, please contact
This award is
acknowledged by The

Ministry of Science,
Technology and Innovation
(MOSTI)

organised by
strategic partnerS
digital economy partner
Ecosystem partners
MEDIA PARTNERS

About The Award

Recognising leaders who have done an outstanding job leveraging technology and innovation during these challenging times.

Innovation has become a lifeline for many of us. We are witnessing how technology acceleration, especially through digital adoption, coupled with innovation has been a powerful mechanism in paving the way to uplift the economy out of a downturn since Covid began.


The strength, creativity and perseverance that we see, hear and read is remarkably vibrant! With so many great stories of how businesses have responded and reacted and even managed to accelerate growth, it is imperative that the Top In Tech Innovation Awards, brought to you by Digital News Asia and Malaysiakini, honours these innovators, businesses, and their massive efforts that reflect the best face of Malaysia Boleh.​

Celebrating Remarkable Innovators & Recognizing Ground-Breaking Technology Adoptions

Prizes

Top In Tech Innovation Awards 2022 Category Trophies.

Winners’ Ad Grants by Malaysiakini & Digital News Asia (worth up to RM30k).

Cash Prize for the Young Innovator
of the Year.

Access to programmes offered by MDEC:

Equidam Valuation Report 
Complementary access to Equidam Valuation report Based on five different methodologies through the collaboration with Equidam.

Green Lane for Funding Programs
Gain direct access to selected MDEC funding programs such as MDEC Pitching Open Day and Founders Grindstone Pitching & Networking

Mentor+
In mentoring, MDEC will facilitate qualified companies with mentors in the technology space.

MIX Programme
MDEC Innovation Exchange (MIX) is an essential link between tech solution providers and the corporates. Startups possess ideas to solve current problems faced within a variety of industries, bringing new ideas and solutions to enrich the industry.  MIX bridges startups with corporates to ensure sustainability between the two with discovery and identification of new talents, business models and innovations provided by startups.

MDEC 1-to-1 OfficeCompanies can share about their business challenges and for MDEC to support you. Gain valuable industry insights from our MDEC mentors and solid advisory support on business opportunities, fundraising, market access, the MTEP initiative and so much more.

Market Access Programme such as: 

GAIN Connex – Curated 1-to-1 business matching and networking programmes with overseas partners and resellers.

GAIN Expand – Market immersion  bootcamp, to assist companies to build out a business plan and provide them with opportunities to connect with decision makers, influencers, investors, and collaborators.

GAIN Series – Specialised series of in-depth discussions on specific sectors or industry.

Note: 
These programmes are applicable to winners that are digital solution providers with export capabilities. 

Programme names are subject to change without prior notice.

News from 2021

Entry Guideline

Category Lead Judges

MOST IMPACTFUL ACADEMIA - INDUSTRY COLLABORATION & YOUNG INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Thillai Raj

Senior
Technology Advisor,

MOST IMPACTFUL PUBLIC SECTOR DRIVING DIGITAL ADOPTION

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,

BEST PIVOT

Chen Chow

Co-Founder,

BEST BRICK &
MORTAR ADOPTION

Raja Teh Maimunah

Managing Director
Wholesale Banking,

MOST VALUE
CREATION

Dr V. Sivapalan

Senior Partner &
Co-Founder

MOST
PROMISING

Ganesh Bangah

Executive
Chairman

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,

Karamjit
Singh

Chief
Executive Officer,

8 Categories

The judges will be seeking innovators that have skillfully leveraged and incorporated technology into their business to secure a competitive advantage in today’s landscape despite the pandemic in the following categories.

Recognises a person who has developed a breakthrough innovation / has displayed a streak of innovation throughout their career / is a leader who inspires a community and helps spread an innovative mentality towards improving lives and serve as an inspiration to all.

This award recognises a Brick & Mortar company that has shown exceptional productivity, resilience, and creative thinking in managing business through the adoption of technology amidst the disruptions caused by Covid. Eligible to those with a minimum annual revenue of RM100 million.

Commercial Category:
This award recognises a University or Polytechnic that has shown strong collaboration with industry over the past 12 months (Nov 2021 to Oct 2022) to strengthen the delivery of its curriculum and ensure graduates are industry ready from the Get Go!

R&D Category: 
This award recognises a University whose research has been done with either the private sector or an international partner AND where the results are now tangible and being used by industry. 

A Federal Level & State Level Government Agency that has: 

  • i. Adopted digital to significantly improve the delivery of their services to the Rakyat, to Business or to Investors.

Or

  • ii. Launched Digital Skills/Adoption programs in collaboration with stakeholders that has seen strong and measurable outcomes.

Introducing an exciting and most timely new category in Top in Tech  Innovation Awards this year, our “Most Value Creation” category.

This is when the proverbial rubber meets the road i.e. show me the money category! Most timely as with stock markets swooning, inflation looming, valuations falling; investors want to see startups grow up and start making money. And that’s what this category’s finalists and winners will have demonstrated…that they have created value for their investors through free cash flows and profitability and thereby showing increased valuation since being invested in!

This is going to be a tough category. Can the submissions impress our Lead Judge and his team of judges?

Startup
This award recognises a startup in operation for below 18 months that has shown excellent resilience, productivity, and promising scalability with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company
This award recognises a company that has shown excellent resilience, productivity and promising scalability with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

Startup
This award recognises a startup that has shown tremendous pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company
This award recognises a company that has shown tremendous pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of RM1 million – RM20 million.

This award, curated for Gen Z, will salute a young talent or team for displaying outstanding creativity and an innovative mindset in developing new or improving processes and products for today or tomorrow.

ORGANISED BY
For enquiries about the Awards and
brand partnerships, please contact

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