EP 50: Bikesh Lakhmichand of 1337 Ventures

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By June Ramli

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Helping The Underdogs Get Funded

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with DailyStraits.com. Our guest today is Kuala Lumpur-based Bikesh Lakhmichand, the founding partner of 1337 Ventures – Malaysia’s first Accelerator programme that has invested in over 60 innovative digital startups to date.
Besides helping to discover, validate and transform high-potential startups into businesses of the future, Bikesh is also actively involved in helping Malaysian corporates digital transform their organizations and advance the professional careers of their employees.
Besides 1337 Ventures, Bikesh is also the co-founder of iTrain, Southeast Asia’s leading digital technology powerhouse that has empowered over 3,000 corporate employees in advanced digital technologies and Leet Capital, one of the 10 licensed equity crowdfunding platforms that are helping SMEs and startups grow via alternative funding. 
Our chat with Bikesh would revolve around where and how Malaysian early-stage startups and companies can access funding in Malaysia. 

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Why did Bikesh make it his mission in life to help Malaysian startups to seek funding?
  • How or where do 1337 Ventures get the funding to give out early-stage funds to Malaysian startups? And how much can you fund each applicant and startup?
  • Who or what some companies or sectors have 1337 Ventures provided funding for to date?

Without further ado, let’s watch and listen to the interview here:

Bikesh Lakhmichand speaks exclusively to DailyStraits.com. This interview was recorded on June 9.
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