Malaysia Debt Ventures Sets up RM500K Pilot Fund via Funding SocietiesMarch 10, 2022 0 comments
The Malaysia Debt Ventures (MDV), a subsidiary of the Minister of Finance (MOF) and dedicated technology financier, is allocating a pilot fund of RM500,000 to be invested via Funding Societies, a Southeast Asian SME digital financing platform.
This move aims to reach underserved businesses, particularly those aligned with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)’s 10-10 Malaysian Science, Technology, Innovation and Economy (MySTIE) Framework, and to help the industry manage the post-pandemic recovery phase and regain momentum.
MDV is looking to allocate an initial sum of RM1 million for lending via digital financing platforms this year and expect to increase the investment up to RM5 million in the near term.
Funding Societies has a fully online onboarding process and the platform addresses typical challenges faced by SMEs when obtaining financing solutions including collateral requirement, physical documentation submission and lengthy processes.
The announcement comes on the back of its milestone RM1 billion business financing disbursement achieved earlier this year and the group’s recent US$294 million Series C+ fundraise announced in February.
Regionally, the platform has disbursed RM9 billion in business financing across 5 million financing deals to-date.
Wong Kah Meng, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Funding Societies Malaysia said,
“Participation by MDV as an institutional investor on our platform will allow us to enable more tailored financing solutions for underserved tech-based businesses, leveraging on our credit underwriting expertise of businesses operating in the digital economy.
This is very much in-line with MDV’s objective of supporting the technology ecosystem through flexible, accessible and innovative financing solutions to catalyse growth.”
Nizam Mohamed Nadzri, Chief Executive Officer of MDV said,
“MDV’s participation in Funding Societies is expected to create significant impetus to the growth of the local fintech market and support MDV’s own venture debt customers who are in the space.
Funding Societies’ platform and reach have proven to be effective in providing tech MSMES with access to much-needed financing facilities in a timely and seamless manner, and MDV is pleased that we are able to make our mark in this growing market through this partnership.”
The investment programme comes timely as the Government is ramping up its efforts to boost the growth of startups and technology-based businesses and encourages participation from both public and private segments.