Despite significant economic and political challenges faced by the nation in 2016, Malaysian tech innovators have managed to bring to market an impressive array of digital products and services. And this may just turn out to be their breakout year—the country’s economy is expected to grow by 4.3% in 2017.
From personal safety apps to GPS-powered fuel monitoring solutions for the transportation industry, the following are 15 tech startups from Malaysia you need to be aware of in 2017 and beyond.
Poladrone develops autonomous aerial solutions geared towards the agriculture and surveillance industries. Using its fleet of drones and advanced software algorithms, the company is able to gather and process data for businesses and organizations, enabling them to make data-driven decisions remotely.
iPrice aggregates prices and promotions from leading ecommerce sites and consolidates them into a single shopping shopping destination. The company recently surpassed 50 million products and has garnered over 500 merchants on its platform—the largest of its kind in the region. The offering is also available in Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, and Hong Kong.
Catch That Bus’ app offers a streamlined app designed for bus travelers in Southeast Asia. The solution features rider reviews, ticket purchasing, and cash on delivery services for users without online banking.
YouthsToday has developed a sponsorship and event matching platform that enables youth to get support for projects in areas of entrepreneurship, technology, and creative arts. The platform features over 50 corporate brands—Maybank, AirAsia, and Sony, to name a few—looking to connect with millions of youth through student projects and events.
Bfab—short for “be fabulous”—is an online/mobile platform for real-time booking of salons and beauty professionals around the clock for services like hair, massage, spa, nail, waxing, and makeup services. The company aims to be the premier platform in Southeast Asia for beauty and wellness booking.
Supahands is an innovative outsourcing firm powered by a team of “SupaAgents” and “SupaHands that provide both high level business services as well as administrative tasks like data entry, database cleaning, lead generation, online research, customer care, and more. Current customers include Uber, Chozun, KFit, 500 Startups, to name a few.
Carsome’s car buying platform offers a transparent bidding system and streamlined backend process that enables users to sell their car in 24 hours. The company also features exclusive offers from 500 certified auto dealers across Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.
iFlix is essentially Southeast Asia’s version of Netflix—the video streaming service offers both Western favorites as well as a plethora of local content. The offering currently serves the Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand markets.
Katakana’s GPS tracking and fuel monitoring app allows users to track their vehicle’s position and monitor/retrieve granular details about its movement history—for example, whether the driver was speeding or traveling out of a predefined area, sudden drops in fuel levels, and more.
Having online purchases delivered to home or work is not always an option, especially for travelers and professionals out-and-about during the day. PostCo’s service allows users to pick up their online shopping purchases at a variety of pickup points.
ServisHero is a platform for hiring local professionals—”heros”—that provide a range of services, from plumbing and electrical to creative/photographic services. The offering is available as an iOS/Android app or on the web.
GoGet is an on-demand, location-based job platform that connects trusted “GoGetters” in the area with users looking for help completing local tasks. The offering is especially useful for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers expanding into the online space—the platform enables them to easily provide delivery services immediately without investing in additional headcount or infrastructure.
BeBonobo’s platform enables users and businesses to find and list surplus and unwanted items based on location, with the goal of disrupting wasteful consumption patterns and promoting responsible use. The company has been featured in a myriad of publications for its innovative approach to green living.
Watch Over Me turns your iOS or Android-based smartphone into a powerful personal safety device. The app uses GPS to track your whereabouts and sends a check-in request once the journey is completed. If you fail to respond, it will send an alert to your emergency contacts with your mapped location. Additionally, the app uses crowdsourced data to alert you if entering a high-crime area.
As its name implies, Bookdoc enables users to easily search and book doctor’s appointments with their mobile device; firms can also use it to manage their employees’ health coverage and medical benefits. The offering is available for both Android and iOS platforms.
2017 is slated to be a monumental year for Southeast Asian tech startups and Malaysian companies are leading this charge. Be sure to keep these 15 innovators on your radar as they expand into the greater ASEAN region and beyond.