KUALA LUMPUR, 3 MARCH, 2014 – Early-stage technology start-up financier and influencer, Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, launched an exclusive online community to facilitate better networking and collaboration among its entrepreneurs and partners.
Launched at Cradle’s annual Chinese New Year networking gathering, Cradle’s online community, ConnexUs, will break any barriers of communication between entrepreneurs and investors and allow them to synergise and collaborate on future projects.
“Malaysian entrepreneurs are generally friendly towards each other and are keen to collaborate with a partner so that they can both add value to their ideas. But there are invisible obstacles that hinder them from doing so and we hope that ConnexUs can help make it less challenging,” said Nazrin Hassan, Cradle Chief Executive Officer.
Nazrin said ConnexUs is an amalgamation of the words ‘Connect’ and ‘Nexus’ and is a play on the phrase ‘Connect Us’.
“When we were searching for a brand name, we wanted something that represented a connection or a bridge between the entrepreneur and investor communities as well our other partners that would enable them to synergise,” he said.
ConnexUs brings together Cradle entrepreneurs, investors, partners as well as business mentors on a single online platform; offering them the opportunity to share their ideas and collaborate in a secure and user-friendly environment.
ConnexUs allows its members to view to each other’s profiles, which lists the nature of their business and the traction they have gained thus far. If an entrepreneur is looking to collaborate with another, they can drop each other messages to show their intent.
Investors will also be able to follow prospect companies and will receive information on a particular company’s growth and progress to keep tabs on its development.
“By having all these information available, both entrepreneurs and investors will have a better idea on how to further develop their business relationship,” Nazrin said.
Cradle entrepreneurs as well as other partners and investors have lauded the introduction of ConnexUs saying that it is a good tool to keep entrepreneurs and investors connected.
Yusno Yunos, founder of event planning platform, Evenesis said ConnexUs complements the many ground networking events that entrepreneurs attend to link up with other potential partners.
“Networking is an important step to grow our businesses and a platform like this will definitely enhance the efforts of building a vibrant Malaysian entrepreneur ecosystem,” he said.
Hideki Fujita, co-founder of CoEnt Venture Partners Pte Ltd, a co-investment partner of Cradle said that ConnexUs can speed up a company’s path to success by making it easier for them to reach out to each other.
“Networking is important to a business but it is challenging to find the right people to collaborate with. Such a platform can certainly help with network building and connect entrepreneurs with the right partners,” he said.
ConnexUs runs on Ukuya™ e-Community Platform, a managed online community system enabling higher levels of engagement, communications and connectivity for community members by providing interaction-based online and media applications and benefits. The Ukuya™ e-Community Platform is provided by Ukuya Sdn Bhd.
els of engagement, communications and connectivity for community members by providing interaction-based online and media applications and benefits. The Ukuya™ e-Community Platform is provided by Ukuya Sdn Bhd.