South East Asia’s first Open Data Startup Accelerator launches with help from the ODI

The Malaysian government today (15 October) launched the first Open Data Startup Accelerator in South East Asia, the first startup accelerator supported by the ODI outside of Europe.

Entry onto the programme will be open to startups from Malaysia who are using open data or publishing their own data to create innovative new products and services.

Over the coming months the Open Data Institute will advise the Malaysian government on setting up the incubator, help them to select the startups from an open competition and offer strategic advice during the programme. Officials from the Malaysian government, who have an ambitious vision to improve the way the government supports its citizens to innovate, invited the ODI to help them achieve this goal.

The ODI has worked closely with the MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation) in order to support the Malaysian government. MDeC operates at arm’s length from government and has a role to promote technological innovation in the public and private sectors.

Selected startups on the accelerator will be able to meet with startups from the ODI’s established startup programme in the UK. This will begin immediately with two Malaysian startups attending the ODI Summit on 3 November. More startups will visit London in 2016 to learn about startup culture in the UK.

Emma Truswell, Deputy Head of Services at the Open Data Institute said:

We have seen UK startups thrive on the ODI Startup programme and we look forward to seeing East Asian businesses flourish with similar opportunities. Bringing together like-minded startups and supporting the creation of a stronger open data ecosystem will help data innovation across Malaysia and the region.