Malaysia's smart city enabler Cyberview boasts IoT, fintech startups

Part of Smart City Innovations in Cyberjaya, Cyberview's Living Lab Accelerator Programme offers a real life testbed for new ideas.

By AvantiKumar
March 10, 2017


Cyberview accelerator - done

Photo - Group photo of the five startups under the 4th Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator Programme during the Demo Day.

 

  Launched towards the end of 2016, Cyberjaya's smart city enabler Cyberview's 4th Living Lab Accelerator programme for startups has resulted in five fintech and IoT solutions. 

"Our fourth Living Lab Accelerator Programme kicked off in November last year. Working primarily out of our collaborative workspace CoInnov8, these startups were given access to a whole host of resources that they would need to innovate and commercialise their products successfully," said Dato' Faris Yahaya, managing director of Cyberview.

At the initial announcement, Faris said the intention was to provide the right platform, and support to drive innovative solutions. The startups demonstrated their solutions recently to a group of venture capitalists, corporate partners, and investors. These pitches ranged from a co-op community platform for young families seeking affordable baby products, to a mobile app to point to the best currency exchange rates anywhere in the world.

"This is a large part of what Cyberview is doing to drive Cyberjaya's positioning as a Living Lab for tech and smart city solutions. In the next step of our Living Lab programme, these startups will now be given the opportunity to pilot and validate their ideas right here in Cyberjaya," he said. "This is a unique proposition of our Living Lab initiative because these startups will be able to test and tweak their ideas based on a real life setting. Only then can they identify the actual pain points to their creations and address them directly."

The selected startups are given resources, facilities, and other assistance valued at RM50, 000 for each startup.  These resources include mentorship in marketing, legal, IT and fundraising as well as leveraging on network of investors, mentors and entrepreneurs.

Further guidance is given by the City Innovation Council (CIC), a body led by Cyberview and comprising Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Setia Haruman, and Sepang Municipal Council.

"The role of the CIC is to essentially guide the smooth implementation of Cyberjaya Smart City Projects, including the solutions developed in our 4th Living Lab Accelerator Programme. By identifying emerging challenges and strategic opportunities for the city, the CIC ensures that solutions created are aimed at solving real problems for people," said Faris. 

Disruptive tech

The Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator has been organised with consulting firm Finnext Capital, appointed as programme manager. "These startups all have the aim of disrupting conventional approaches to how things are done and they recognise certain gaps in the market. Their ideas orbit around solutions that feed into a smart city's needs, and so the Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator is a perfect platform for them to grow their ideas into game-changing enterprises," said Wilson Beh of Finnext Capital. .

"Throughout the programme, startups went through major checkpoints every week - sharing, road mapping, deep diving, and attending external sessions to help propel their companies to the next level. Engagements with selected mentors enabled them to further understand the needs of their businesses and enhance their value propositions," said Beh.

The five startups participating in the 4th Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator programme are fintech players Billplz, CurrenSeek, Otomate Me, and PrimeKeeper as well as IoT solutions provider TrackerHero.
1. Billplz is a software for merchants to collect payments fastest, at the lowest cost possible. The software focus on providing four services to merchants: Billing, Payment Form, Mass Payments and API. Billplz API is designed elegantly to help mobile app and web developers integrate a payment gateway seamlessly. Today, Billplz is proud to serve MAIS, TM, Digi and thousands more.
 
2. CurrenSeek is an app for money changers to advertise their locations and rates so that travellers can save time and money exchanging currency. However, CurrenSeek is transforming into a platform that aspires not only to help travellers obtain foreign currencies cost effectively and conveniently, but to also provide participating money changers a holistic solution to better manage their businesses and for selected travel partners to be able to advertise and sell their products and services to travellers.
 
3. Otomate Me is a platform which integrates behavioural science and technology to help families otomate (read: 'automate') their daily fast-moving needs. Upon identifying their unique usage patterns, Otomate Me is able to predict and schedule upcoming orders which are due and fulfil them in a timely manner. The company also helps individuals to group buy quality products at bulk purchase prices and intends to grow horizontally by ways of first venturing into baby and mother care, followed by a wider array of everyday necessities.
 
4. PrimeKeeper is a Malaysian fintech start-up focused on developing micro mobile payment services. Partnering with banks, PrimeKeeper integrates financial, enquiry and payment services into a single sign-on platform. PrimeKeeper sets out to solve a fundamental problem in the payment space - a gap in electronic payments for micro and small enterprises. They aim to revolutionise the micro payments ecosystem by enabling micro payments, reducing payments friction and reliance on notes and coins.
 
5. TrackerHero (formerly known as UltracK) is a fully-integrated advanced security & building management platform for both commercial and residential estates. TrackerHero's live dashboard enable all users to track, manage & plan with a click of a button. The platform is integrated into a suite of security guard and visitor management, resident management modules and automated financial-management solutions.

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