Applications for the 2018 programme are now closed


What is it?

LIA Malaysia 2018 is an intensive 16-week programme of practical skills and expert mentoring aimed at empowering individuals and teams from early-stage innovation projects or businesses to develop their commercial models, validate their target markets, raise investment and enter and expand their product reach in the global market place.


Join us in Kuala Lumpur this summer where the LIA Malaysian community will be forged, bringing together the best and brightest Malaysian entrepreneurs in one place, to build, explore, learn and collaborate - supported by expert international mentors and innovative workshop events designed to accelerate your project or business and achieve your goals.

Why Accelerate?

Build, Explore, Learn, Create. 

Collaborate with your peers.  

Access expert international mentoring and advice from entrepreneurs who've been there. Develop your international commercialisation plan and pitch and secure investment for your innovation project or business.

Who should apply?

The accelerator programme is aimed at Malaysian innovators and technology entrepreneurs with early-stage innovations or newly-formed technology-based businesses that have high-growth global-market potential.


Participants should be based in Malaysia, and applications are open to researchers, academics, independent technology entrepreneurs and early-stage technology start-ups and spin-outs. Applicants should be passionate about transforming their idea into an investment ready opportunity, and be willing and able to commit half a day per week for 16 weeks to the programme. Mentors will be working with you remotely from the UK.

A Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Initiative

Organised by:

The Royal Academy of Engineering advances and promotes excellence in engineering

MIGHT strategically links Industry and Government and nurtures technology-based  entrepreneurship.

Oxentia supports global

innovation ecosystems and helps

bring new ideas to life.


The Bootcamp phase of the LIA Malaysia accelerator is highly interactive; each training session is followed by break-out sessions for participants to apply their new skills and knowledge alongside project specific one-to-one support from the LIA Malaysia coaches. Participants are encouraged to discuss and share their knowledge, experience, challenges and insights with each other. The Bootcamp culminated on Day 3 where participants pitched their innovations in front of the their peers, coaches and judges and 15 participants were selected to join the next phase of the programme; 20 weeks of remote one-to-one mentoring.

Day 1

1-minute pitches
Business Modelling 
Sales and Marketing
Financial Planning

Day 2

Product Development 
Demonstrating Market Potential
Pitching & writing a Business Plan
Exit Strategies

Day 3

Practice final pitches 
Final Pitches
Reception and final 15 winners announced

Key Dates

Applications Open

May 2

3 day Boot Camp

August 14-16

Final Pitch Day

January 30 2019

Boot Camp Selection

August 5th

Applications Close

Final 15


September - January

Mentored Acceleration


How do i apply?

To apply for the programme (as a team or an individual) simply click on the application form link below (Google form) complete the form and submit it before the closing date, the 5th of August 2018 at 23:59 MYT.


If you are working for a university or research institute you will need permission from your line manager to participate; simply download the "Line Manager Approval Form" (pdf) below and ask your manager to read and sign it, it can then be attached to the application form before submitting (or emailed to

What is the selection criteria?
We are looking for the following...
  • Projects that are technology based (tangible engineering innovation or scientific advances and discoveries) from Life Sciences, Software Engineering, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Digital, Agritech, Cleantech or Food Sciences sectors.

  • Innovations which have existing intellectual property or have the potential to become protectable.

  • Innovations with strong international market potential (end users, licensees, commercial partners etc) outside of Malaysia.

  • Innovations with data to support the underlying technical concept. Applicants submitting evidence of research and/or lab testing will be prioritised.

  • We particularly welcome applications for innovations developed out of the publicly funded research sector (LIF fellows, other Newton Fund grant receivers, and GCIP alumni) 

  • We are looking for applicants with a passion and interest in seeing their innovation developed and launched in the international market and who are able to commit an average of 1/2 a day a week of their time, for 16 weeks during the acceleration phase of the programme.



for the 2018 programme are now closed


for the 2018 programme are now closed

Got a question? Get in touch!

Why? How? What? When? If you can't find the answer in the Programme Overview then drop us an email and we'll get right back to you.

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