Founders Institute KL

The Founder Institute, the World’s Largest Startup Accelerator, is currently testing the demand for opening its newest chapter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Spring of 2013.

Founders Institute KL

Last Monday, Heislyc of Startup Mamak and Tzu Ming from impersuasion.com did they first event under the founders institute banner in Cradle. It attracted a whole bunch startup enthusiast and folks who wants to learn about building scalable technology startups. They brought in Stephanie Chai of the Luxenomad and Hanson Toh, formerly country manager of Google in Malaysia, (who is now working on a stealth project) as speakers. They shared about their own experience in pitching to customers and investors.

Here is what they sent to us.

If you’d like to help bring this great program to Malaysia, then fill out an Interest Form today. If enough people fill out this form and express interest by February 3rd, then the Founder Institute will formally launch a Kuala Lumpur Chapter. Registered applicants will receive an invitation link to aptitude test ($25) for free.

The Founder Institute is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that, in just three years of operation, has helped launch over 650 companies across 37 cities and five continents. Through our part-time four-month program, existing and prospective founders can launch their dream company with expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs – while not being required to quit their day job. Our unique Graduate Liquidity Pool also enables graduates and mentors to share in the equity upside of each class, creating strong teamwork-based startup ecosystems where great companies can flourish. We call it “Globalizing Silicon Valley.”
The Institute will be hosting a preview event in Kuala Lumpur:


Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Kuala Lumpur are leaders of the local startup scene; Heislyc Loh (StartupMamak) and Tzu Ming Chu (CEO, impersuasion.com).

Do You Have A Founder’s DNA?
In the aptitude test, the Founder Institute tests for a range of personality traits, but these are the essentials:
Fluid Intelligence: The ability to learn and apply new sets of rules. Excel at puzzles and brain teasers? You may fit the bill.
Openness: Open people devour fresh ideas and experiences. Symptoms include wanderlust, moderate drug experimentation and creativity.
Agreeableness: A measure of warmth and cooperation. Don’t be a pushover, though—the best entrepreneurs fall somewhere in the middle range.

Here’s an article about the aptitude test by Forbes writer J. J. Colao – Can An Hour-Long Aptitude Test Predict Startup Home Runs? Adeo Ressi Thinks So


If you fill out this form and express interest to apply for Founder Institute program by 25th January 2013, the Founder Institute will send an invitation link to you for this aptitude test ($25) for free by February.

The Founder Institute program is open to anybody that is passionate about building a technology company: idea or no idea, full-time job or unemployed, young or old, male or female, experienced in business or straight out of school. We also support a wide range of technology industries: including digital media, software, biotech, clean tech, ecommerce, advertising, consumer electronics, and more.

Help bring the Founder Institute to Kuala Lumpur and fill out the Interest Form for Free Admission Test today.

Expected Mentors for the Malaysia program include;

  • Adeo Ressi, CEO, TheFunded.com

  • Douglas Khoo, Co-Founder, Qunar.com

  • G Jay Yong, CEO, Gajah International Pte. Ltd.

  • Gary Gaessler, VP Sales & Marketing, Cloud Elements

  • Hanson Toh, Former Google Consultant

  • Henry Goh, Co-Founder & COO, Macro Kiosk Berhad

  • Jeffrey Paine, Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

  • Kf Lai, Co-Founder & CEO, BuzzCity

  • Lim Cheng Soon, CEO, Netizens Media

  • Paul Whiteway, COO, The iProperty Group

  • Sau Sheong Chang, Director, Applied Cloud Computing Lab, HP Labs

  • Stephanie Chai, CEO, TheLuxeNomad.com

  • Tzu Ming Chu, CEO, www.impersuasion.com

  • Khai Lee Ng, CEO, www.says.com