Entrepreneurs drive the change that improves our lives and livelihoods, gives us better quality of life with innovations in healthcare; better mobility with great new ideas from on demand transport to electric vehicles; better ways to produce food to ensure adequate food supplies for a growing global population and so much more.
If we add in the impact of ESG - environmental, social and governance policies - as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), future entrepreneurs will also do more good.
None of this would be possible without individuals wanting to change the world for the better through entrepreneurship, and investors wanting to fund this change. This change is hence not possible without funding and innovation - two key themes that have made all the difference in the world.
I am passionate about entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance and innovation and have written 2 books to assist entrepreneurs build better businesses and make the change they want in this world.
The latest of these is 'Supercharge your Startup Valuation', to help entrepreneurs and investors to better value startups so that more deals are done at fair and equitable valuations so that all parties benefit equally.
In the Press
Cover Story: The case for being a business angel.
THE EDGE MALAYSIA
Malaysia: Unicorn Nation
DIGITAL NEWS ASIA
Sivapalan advises angels to invest in the founders of start-ups rather than the early technology trends alone. “There is no telling which technologies will be winners in the long run. But a strong founder is a great starting point for any angel investor,” he says.
We need to “do a China” for our companies. If we select between 5 to 10 well managed, innovative companies and “back them all the way” then we will be able to create unicorns.
Dr Siva walks us through his experience of having coached over 700 companies over the years and we discuss the macro and micro elements that are necessary in order to build a unicorn.
Dr. Sivapalan Vivekarajah
Dr. Siva has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and making investments, having coached more than 2,000 entrepreneurs and investors over a more than 20-year career in the startup ecosystem. Companies he has worked with, or invested in, have raised almost USD200 million in funding from angel and venture capital investors.
He was the founding President of the Malaysian Business Angel Network, and has invested personally in 16 startups, and through Malaysia’s most successful late stage accelerator, ScaleUp Malaysia, he has already made 30 investments and plans to have 50 investments by 2023.