NITA

NITA is a cosmetics brand with a wide range of affordable & hypoallergenic makeup products. Ranging from lipsticks to foundation, we have over 100 products to choose from since our inception in 2017. Suited for multiple skin tones that represent our diversity, we make everyone feel right at home.

Inspired by illustrations and comic books, there is a character behind NITA. She represents women everywhere with big dreams to explore the world while carrying the virtues of Malaysia. Hence why NITA’s branding is fun, quirky & colourful – representing this country’s diversity.

NITA begins her story by introducing the cultures and traditions of Malaysia, as each journey always begins from home. Each collection comes in a different theme that tells a story that all of us can relate to from our nostalgic childhood.

Over the years, we have expanded our story to our local music scene, cuisines and movie industry to elevate the appreciation for our arts.  Whether it’s in the past, present or the future – NITA ultimately aspires to promote the beauty of our nation through different timelines and concepts, with high-quality affordable products.

Fun, quirky, high quality cosmetics with a wallet-friendly price.
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OpenAcademy

It all started with humble beginnings,  OpenMinds came to life with a big idea and no income and has since brought forth a business specializing in digital marketing technology and consultancy. For the longest time, OpenMinds has been passionate about education, so we have constantly been active in the university and startup scene in Malaysia, mentoring, guiding, and supporting students and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Noticing a gap in skill based learning and education for Malaysians, OpenAcademy was born. With the goal of adding value to people’s life, OpenAcademy set out on it’s education journey. 

We’ve made it a point to have only professionals and practitioners share real life insights picked up and learned over years of experience to our students. We believe in providing lifetime alumni support, to assure our students that there will always be time for them to connect and ask questions!

Fully understanding the struggles of cash flow to learn new skills, we produced kits like the Digital Marketing Starter Kit with the aim in mind to help startups and aspiring entrepreneurs within Malaysia learn desired skills like digital marketing at an affordable rate.

As a startup ourselves, we have a vision to create an ecosystem by helping upskill the Malaysian market. Be on the lookout for more initiatives we intend to launch that will contribute to the growth of others by educating those looking to level themselves up.

Discover a new learning experience with OpenAcademy where we have practitioners share real life and practical insights learned from experience with clients directly to you. Support OpenAcademy here.

Nyonya Kain

Nyonya Kain brings to you the latest textiles, batik fashion clothing as well as handmade accessories for all. We practice a zero waste concept where we ensure every piece of fabric is fully utilized into all our products such as lanyards, wallets, pouches, tissue holders, twilly scarves, scrunchies and many more. We aim to bring back the art and culture from our past traditions and incorporate it into our everyday lifestyle, at the same time creating an awareness on the textile industry to the masses.

Our founder grew up in Melaka and has always been in love with the rich traditions from the Peranakan and Malay Archipelago culture. We infuse various peranakan textiles and designs into our products and aim to bring back the trend of batik and traditional attires in our modern lifestyle, for both men and women across all ages and backgrounds.

The name Nyonya Kain however, came about with it being ‘Nyonya’ as in ‘young lady/ girl’ and ‘Kain’ being our original business model selling textiles and batik products in its original forms. Put them together, it translates into the ‘Kain Lady’ hence the term our founder as the woman behind the brand and the lovely pieces we aim to share with everyone all over the world.

Since early July 2020, Nyonya Kain in collaboration MyDeliveryHeroes launched our #KitaJagaRiders initiative which one mask get donated to a rider for every set of two masks purchased. As at 22 July 2020, we have raised a total of 200 masks to be distributed to our delivery heroes within Klang Valley.

Nyonya Kain, bringing to you the most in-trend batik collectibles with the friendliest service.
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WORQ

WORQ was founded in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur as one of the first large format coworking spaces in the Klang Valley, focused especially on creating a productivity community for Malaysian entrepreneurs, startup founders, micro, SME, Freelancers and even Malaysia’s own listed companies.

Started by two Malaysians, Stephanie Ping and Andrew Yeow with the vision of providing a different type of workspace, WORQ focuses not only on providing an outstanding physical workspace, but also by building a culture and a vibrant ecosystem of innovation and change.

This is a space where business leaders and founders can gather, gain support for their ideas and involve themselves in a nurturing environment for new businesses to begin their journey, learn from each other in the process, and ultimately thrive as new technologies and business ideas are brought to light and drive change and disruption to the Malaysian industries. Even Prince Charles has come to visit us to understand more!

WORQ has also formed strategic partnerships with the Malaysian government (MDEC and MaGIC), the investment community (500 Startups and Cradle Fund), Startup organizations, and many more during the course of our relatively short 3 year journey. As we see organisations of all sizes come through our doors, we also see the collaborations that occur when we place different businesses side by side. Imagination is sparked and collaboration naturally occurs as different thinkers and doers come together under our roof day in and day out.

We’ve seen thousands of businesses and individuals come through our doors, fostered countless dynamic interactions, events, meetups, seminars. Ideas are at the core of innovation, and we are proud to play a part in furthering Malaysia’s dynamic and growing entrepreneurship culture and disruption to industries.

Malaysia’s own large format coworking space with convenient locations at Bangsar South, TTDI, Subang and Mutiara Damansara. Support WORQ here.

Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop started as a dream to make genuinely fresh ice cream for Malaysians. The brainchild of Edmund Tan and his wife, Lim Shiew Li, Inside Scoop was inspired by their love for ice cream and for wanting to create happy memories. This started when both of them noticed a gap in the premium ice cream market that was predominantly served by international chains. Thus, they set out to make great ice cream that is made fresh locally whilst creating imitable natural flavours.
The ice creams in Inside Scoop are freshly handcrafted from scratch using nature’s best ingredients that involve high quality ingredients to create smooth, ultra-creamytexture with no added artificial flavouring or preservatives. They are also made in small batches to allow the idea of creating wider range of awe-inspiring flavour from local favourites such as Durian, Cempedak, Teh Tarik, Cendol, Kopi Peng, Salted Gula Melaka to classics such as Vanilla Bean, Valrhona Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. Inside Scoop also ensures that the vegan and lactose-intolerant friends are taken care of by having an amazing range of non-dairy sorbets from Passionfruit sorbet being extremely refreshing to locally satisfying Coconut Sorbet. The first Inside Scoop opened in Bangsar late 2013 with 16 flavours, including the best sellers Durian and Valrhona Chocolate! Soon after, in July 2014, the second outlet in Damansara Jaya was born. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Happiness Lies Within. Support Inside Scoop here.

Penan Women Project

The mission of the Penan Women Project is to specifically help the Penan people to earn a stable income from the sales of their traditional crafts in contemporary designs – thus, enabling them taking their first step towards financial independence.

The process of working with new materials (other than rattan) and newer designs enabled the weavers gain new skills and broaden their knowledge about how much they can do with their skills;  most importantly, these women weavers also gained much self-confidence and empowering them to have the courage to explore new products and markets.

These new sense of ‘can-do’ attitude lifts spirits of not only the weavers, but also their families and communities, as they know that they can and do have skills which are marketable and appreciated by others.  This opens a pathway to a brighter future for them and their communities.

A single PWP product purchase creates multiple positive ripples in lives of a Penan and her community.

Kantan Kitchen

It is all started from the joy of enjoying cooking for family, neighbours, and friends. Kantan Kitchen then was born. From the recipes that were just simply been attempted for their own taste and suddenly was led to an idea of fusion the multiracial Malaysian into it!

Curry…

Malaysian most favourite dish. When mentioning curry, uniquely we have various types of curry – Malay, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese and all ethics in Malaysia love to eat curry. Kantan Kitchen was inspired by the recipe “Golden Pillow”, a flavoursome cake from Kampar that is famous among the Chinese. The actual plan pursuing an online course at the earlier part of our foodie diary was only for cooking attempts for family meals managed to appease many people. From there the Kitchen Kantan started. The delicacy bread we serve is homemade with pure love. Only based at home, the production of bread from Kantan Kitchen is made fresh from the oven every day straight to catch each customer’s heart from the first bite, just pure love! The gravy curry bread dish is no stranger to us, Malaysians. Malay, Chinese, Indian or other ethnic utmostly enjoyed eating curry in many ways. Yes! Malaysian when it comes to food we are definitely the most creative people in the world. Food makes us come together, sit together, eat together and even uplift one another.

It goes viral day by day when we first started. Word of mouth, finally in 2019, Kantan Kitchen was invited to make a cooking demo in Malaysia Today channel. It was all thanks for the support from all family and friends. Even now, a stranger became our friendliest customer.

HIDDEN CURRY MUSHROOM BREAD ARE OUR SIGNATURE. Curry recipes from the thick and viscous North are also full of spices. Since then the demand has been higher. Kantan Kitchen tremendously wants to serve the best to fill in happiness from food in our customer tummy.

In every business there are ups and downs. Everyday is a learning in our kitchen to ensure the taste and texture of our bread always brings satisfaction to customers. We will continue to innovate recipes with Malaysian flavors. Importantly, every feed can be enjoyed together regardless of race, old or young, because bread and curry are also one of the dishes of our country theme, like nasi lemak and roti canai as well Kantan Kitchen, roti cicah kari. My hope is one day in a small cafe on the outskirts of the city. 

Kantan kitchen we served freshly bun everyday where you can enjoy the taste of Malaysia unite in one big bun. Sedap baq hang!!! 
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SO.LEK

We had the initial idea to come up with the brand because when I went to NY,  I noticed that most of their drugstore brands are sold at low price without compromising the quality. I thought of creating something similar for Malaysia and at that time, Kylie Lip Kit was just launched.

It was only apt for us to add a touch of Malaysian culture and tradition into the branding because we siblings were heavily brought up with them. I think of our brand as a platform for us to bring awareness to not only the community but also ourselves, SO.LEK Team of the beauty, history and folklores that Malaysia has to offer.

Our monthly pop-ups are the places where we get to interact with our customers and there, we often get asked about the story behind our product names. By doing the things we do, we get to educate each person we meet along our journey.

A local Malaysian-made-Halal brand that promotes Malaysian tradition, heritage and culture through cosmetics.
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Ibupreneur

Our vision is to become a university for mothers. At Ibupreneur, we aim to empower financially dependent and vulnerable mothers with their own depth of struggles to grow into micro-entrepreneurs right from their home-ready skills, such as baking.

It all started as a pilot project when the team met in Youth Leadership Academy 2019, a social entrepreneurial initiative by McKinsey & Co. Managed to increase 128% home-baked sales of our Ibus, we pledged to stay for our Ibus.

To ensure sustainable impact, we engage our Ibus in training workshops to uplift their skills. Starting with just 4 Ibus, they now have their own team to cater to bulk orders. And this is how we know our Ibus are empowered to empower more Ibus, creating greater impact. As of date, we have 8 mothers onboarded.

In the long run, we hope to repeat this scalable model in other stages of our supply chain, not limiting to just baking, packaging, offline and digital marketing, logistics, and customer relations.

While reviving “a piece” of Malaysia’s traditional recipes, we want to build a successful community that supports and join our impact towards enabling women empowerment.

Ibupreneur – Your choice of dessert empowers our Ibus.
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Sridewi Batik

Sridewi Batik is for elegant ladies out there to look more sophisticated in any official or non official occasions. The brand was established in September 2019 by Amira.

While she was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at a young age, she thought about what she really wanted to pursue in life. She decided to open her own brand and named it “Sridewi Batik” as she wanted the women who wore her designs “to feel very exclusive with a royal touch”. While working as an executive at a construction company, she had a light-bulb moment: “As a business executive, I wore office attire such as pencil skirts and pants, but they were all so plain. I was bored. I have always loved batik since young, seeing my mother and grandmother wearing batik sarongs. It got me thinking.”

I decided to be adventurous and went on to buy batik and try a new fashion statement using batik to make skirts.  I wanted the design to be in a modern touch so that women out there will be more confident in front of people. I was amazed by the outcome as I had many friends and colleagues that I brought this and when I told them that I sew it myself they were amazed, and the rest is history.

“I want all Malaysian ladies to wear batik weather official or non official occasions. So, I thought bringing a modern touch to the fabrics would encourage the younger generation to wear batik more. Let’s celebrate wearing batik just like they do in Indonesia.” Let’s come out with different ideas of design to encourage younger generations wear batik. For future plans, Amira is hoping to expand her brand in Malaysia to attract our generation in wearing our batik collections. “I’m also hoping to create more new design in with Malaysia batik so that we appreciate our local batik and bring it forward to the rest of the world to appreciate our heritage.”

Sridewi Batik – tradition with a twist.
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