This award is acknowledged by The

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)

ORGANISED BY
strategic
partnerS
Innovation Partner
& Venue Host
Digital economy
partner
Digital-TECH
EDUCATION partner
organised by
strategic partnerS
digital economy partner
digital-TECH EDUCATION partner
ecosystem partners
supporting partners
media partners
ECOSYSTEM partners
SUPPORTING partners
MEDIA partners

Thank you for submitting an entry to the
Top In Tech Innovation Awards 2022

The organising team will be in touch with you via email
if you have been shortlisted. All the best!

The judging session will take place between

 5th – 9th December 2022

Stay tuned for more updates on the
Awards Ceremony on 12th January 2023 at MRANTI

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 & Media 2022

Your Innovation Story Matters!

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.

Entry Guideline Kit

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

Best Pivot

Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption

Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi

Director,
Dricopax Capital Limited, UK

Thillai
Raj

Chief Technology Officer,
BAC Education Group

Chen
Chow

Co-Founder,
Fave

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,
Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association

Most Value Creation

Most Promising

Young Innovator of the Year

Innovator of the Year

Dr V.
Sivapalan

Senior Partner & Co-Founder,
ScaleUp Malaysia Accelerator

Ganesh
Bangah

Executive Chairman,

Prof. Ir. Eur. Ing. Ts. Dr. Vinesh Thiruchelvam

Chief Innovation & Enterprise Officer,

Datuk NK Tong

Group Managing Director,

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,
Malaysiakini

Karamjit
Singh

Chief Executive Officer,
Digital News Asia

Panel Judges

Innovator of The Year

Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

Sharala Axryd

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)

Suresh Thiru

Start-up Advisor, Angel Investor

Nizam Mohamed Nadzri

Chief Executive Officer,
Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad

Callum Chen

CEO,
LH Plus Sdn Bhd

President, MCMTC

Richard Wong

Founder & Chief Listener,
Vistage Malaysia & Singapore

Best Pivot

Most Promising

Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration

Lennise Ng

CEO & Co-Founder, Dropee

Johnson Lam Hooi Liang

Chief Innovation Officer, SOLS247

Founder,
KakiDIY / KakiRepair

Dr Melissa Foo

Head,
Sunway iLabs Venture

Lavinie Thiruchelvam

Founder & CEO, Babydash Sdn Bhd

Naguib Mohd Nor

Chief Executive Officer,
Strand Aerospace Malaysia

Young Innovator

Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption

Most Value Creation

Francesca Chia

CEO, Co-Founder, GoGet

Elain Lockman

CEO & Co-Founder, Ata Plus

Sharizal Shaarani

Senior Vice President, Business Development Office, NanoMalaysia Berhad

Mohd Safuan Mohd Zair

Chief Ecosystem Development Officer, MRANTI

Alan Ow

Managing Partner, Tenggara Capital Partners Sdn Bhd

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

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,
Malaysia
Semiconductor
Industry Association

Thillai Raj

Chief Technology Officer,
BAC Education Group

Most Value Creation

Most Promising

Dr V. Sivapalan

Senior Partner & Co-Founder,
ScaleUp Malaysia Accelerator

Ganesh Bangah

Executive Chairman,
Commerce.Asia

Young Innovator of the Year

Innovator of the Year

Prof. Ir. Eur. Ing. Ts. Dr. Vinesh Thiruchelvam

Chief Innovation & Enterprise Officer,
APU / APIIT

Datuk NK Tong

Group Managing Director,
Bukit Kiara Properties Sdn Bhd

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,
Malaysiakini

Karamjit
Singh

Chief Executive Officer,
Digital News Asia

Panel Judges
Innovator Of The Year

Sharala Axryd

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)

Suresh Thiru

Start-up Advisor,
Angel Investor

Nizam Mohamed Nadzri

Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad

Panel Judges
Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi

Director, Dricopax Capital Limited, UK

Callum Chen

CEO,
LH Plus Sdn Bhd
President,
MCMTC

Richard Wong

Founder & Chief Listener,
Vistage Malaysia & Singapore

Panel Judges
Best Pivot

Lennise Ng

CEO & Co-Founder, Dropee

Johnson Lam Hooi Liang

Chief Innovation Officer, SOLS247 Founder, KakiDIY / KakiRepair

Panel Judges
Most Promising

Dr Melissa Foo

Head, Sunway iLabs Venture

Lavinie Thiruchelvam

Founder & CEO, Babydash Sdn Bhd

Panel Judges
Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration

Naguib Mohd Nor

Chief Executive Officer, Strand Aerospace Malaysia

Panel Judges
Young Innovator

Elain Lockman

CEO & Co-Founder,
Ata Plus

Panel Judges
Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption

Sharizal Shaarani

Senior Vice President, Business Development Office, NanoMalaysia Berhad

Panel Judges
Most Value Creation

Mohd Safuan Mohd Zair

Chief Ecosystem Development Officer, MRANTI

Thank you for submitting an entry to the
Top In Tech Innovation Awards 2022

The organising team will be in touch with you via email
if you have been shortlisted. All the best!

The judging session will take place between

5th – 9th December 2022

Stay tuned for more updates on the
Awards Ceremony on 12th January 2023 at MRANTI

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 large Brick & Mortar company that has shown exceptional productivity, resilience, and creative thinking in managing the disruptions caused by Covid through the adoption of digital technology. Eligible to those with a revenue of over RM100 million.

Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration

Commercial Category:

This award recognises a University or Polytechnic that has shown strong collaboration with industry since Jan 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 adopted 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 and Business.

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 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, Dr V Sivapalan, 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 bold pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company

This award recognises a company that has shown bold 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.

Thank you for submitting an entry to the
Top In Tech Innovation Awards 2022

The organising team will be in touch with you via email
if you have been shortlisted. All the best!

The judging session will take place between

5th – 9th December 2022

Stay tuned for more updates on the
Awards Ceremony on 12th January 2023 at MRANTI

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
Innovation Partner
& Venue Host
digital economy partner
digital-TECH EDUCATION partner
Ecosystem partners
SUPPORTING PARTNERS
MEDIA PARTNERS

Thank you for submitting
an entry to the Top In Tech Innovation Awards 2022

The organising team will be in touch
with you via email if you have been shortlisted. All the best!

The judging session
will take place between
5th - 9th December 2022

Stay tuned for more updates

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.​

Your Innovation Story Matters!

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 & Media 2022

Thank you for submitting
an entry to the Top In Tech Innovation Awards 2022

The organising team will be in touch
with you via email if you have been shortlisted. All the best!

The judging session
will take place between
5th - 9th December 2022

Stay tuned for more updates

Category Lead Judges

MOST IMPACTFUL ACADEMIA - INDUSTRY COLLABORATION

Thillai Raj

Chief
Technology Officer

MOST IMPACTFUL PUBLIC SECTOR DRIVING DIGITAL ADOPTION

Dato' Seri Wong
Siew Hai

President,

BEST PIVOT

Chen Chow

Co-Founder,

BEST BRICK &
MORTAR ADOPTION

Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Tarmiz

Director,

MOST VALUE
CREATION

Dr V. Sivapalan

Senior Partner &
Co-Founder

MOST
PROMISING

Ganesh Bangah

Executive
Chairman

YOUNG INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Prof. Ir. Eur. Ing. Ts. Dr. Vinesh Thiruchelvam

Chief Innovation & Enterprise Officer
APU / APIIT

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Video Coming Soon

Datuk NK Tong

Group Managing Director
Bukit Kiara Properties Sdn Bhd

Facilitating Judges

Premesh
Chandran

Co-Founder,

Karamjit
Singh

Chief
Executive Officer,

Panel Judges
Innovator of The Year

Sharala Axryd

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)

Suresh Thiru

Start-up Advisor, Angel Investor

Nizam Mohamed Nadzri

Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad

Panel Judges
Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

Callum Chen

CEO, LH Plus Sdn Bhd President, MCMTC

Richard Wong

Founder & Chief Listener, Vistage Malaysia & Singapore

Panel Judges
Best Pivot

Lennise Ng

CEO & Co-Founder, Dropee

Johnson Lam Hooi Liang

Chief Innovation Officer, SOLS247 Founder, KakiDIY / KakiRepair

Panel Judges
Most Promising

Dr Melissa Foo

Head, Sunway iLabs Venture

Lavinie Thiruchelvam

Founder & CEO, Babydash Sdn Bhd

Panel Judges
Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration

Naguib Mohd Nor

Chief Executive Officer, Strand Aerospace Malaysia

Panel Judges
Young Innovator

Elain Lockman

CEO & Co-Founder, Ata Plus

Francesca Chia

Co-Founder, GoGet

Panel Judges
Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption

Sharizal Shaarani

Senior Vice President, Business Development Office, NanoMalaysia Berhad

Panel Judges
Most Value Creation

Mohd Safuan Mohd Zair

Chief Ecosystem Development Officer, MRANTI

Alan Ow

Managing Partner, Tenggara Capital Partners Sdn Bhd

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 large Brick & Mortar company that has shown exceptional productivity, resilience, and creative thinking in managing the disruptions caused by Covid through the adoption of digital technology. Eligible to those with a revenue of over RM100 million.

Commercial Category:
This award recognises a University or Polytechnic that has shown strong collaboration with industry since Jan 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 adopted by industry.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 and Business.
  •  

Or

 

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

    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 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, Dr V Sivapalan, 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 bold pivot strategy during the pandemic with an annual revenue of up to RM1 million.

Growth Company
This award recognises a company that has shown bold 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.

Thank you for submitting
an entry to the Top In Tech Innovation Awards 2022

The organising team will be in touch
with you via email if you have been shortlisted. All the best!

The judging session
will take place between
5th - 9th December 2022

Stay tuned for more updates

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

The Prizes

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