2.00pm - 3.00pm


Ms. Biruntha Mooruthi

Vice President,

Head of Intellectual Property & Commercialisation Specialist,

PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd

Ms Elain Lockman

Partnerships, Deal Flow, Deal Screening, & Risk Management

ATA Plus

Mr Chin Wei Min

Executive Director and Head of Digital & Innovation,

Securities Commission Malaysia

Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift

Chief Executive Officer,

Bursa Malaysia Berhad


Ms Juliana Jan

Chief Investment Officer,

Cradle Development Fund

Dato' Sulaiman Mohd Tahir

Group CEO,


Mr Liew Nam Soon


Asean Markets Managing Partner,

Ernst & Young Advisory Pte Ltd

Reshaping Malaysia's Capital Markets for the Tech Era

A key facilitator to business growth is our capital markets, and the start-up industry has always depended on non-traditional sources of capital to fund innovations, from angel investors to large venture capital funds. Many of these businesses in Malaysia, though, have found the path to capital arduous, with multiple rounds and layers to get through even for small amounts of capital. Getting funding was like “banging your head against the wall”, according to one techpreneur. So are our capital markets enabling technology growth or hindering it?


Meanwhile, the more established stock markets, too, are affected by technological advances, with stock trades and picks increasingly done by algorithms instead of humans, and deals made or broken by internet speeds that vary in the micro-seconds. The regulatory authority in Malaysia, our Securities Commission, has to strike a balance between regulation and innovation, guarding against market abuse without losing out on growth. This session explores the current challenges and roadblocks in terms of access to capital in Malaysia, and also the disruptions to the industry, enabled by technology. Do our capital markets need to be radically remodelled to suit the needs and demands of our evolving economy? How does new technology affect the industry, and what new capital models are being tested?


This session explores the issues related to access to capital in Malaysia, by new as well as established businesses.