GET YOUR STARTUP LAUNCHED AND FUNDED WITH A GLOBAL INVESTOR

Antler backs the world’s most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. As the world’s most active early-stage investor, we back people from the beginning with co-founder matching, deep business validation, and funding. Join us as we bring together the best talents in Malaysia to build the most defining companies of tomorrow.

* For the September residency, French founders will need to relocate to Amsterdam, Berlin, or Munich. The next residency in Paris starts early 2025

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Who is Antler for?

We invest from the earliest stage—whether you're a startup looking for funding or an individual looking for co-founders and pre-launch capital to launch your startup. More importantly, we are looking for extraordinary founders across various sectors to build billion-dollar companies.

Individuals

Looking for a co-founder?


For individuals who are looking for a co-founder to build and start something new.

We bring together an exclusive group of ambitious people to explore ideas together. Meet, learn, and co-create with exceptional builders. Join us to turn your vision into reality.

Teams

Ready to get funded?

For startups that already building. Get fast-tracked funding and join our global community of founders, investors, and industry experts to access talent, advisors, expansion support, and capital around the world.

Regardless of the stage of your startup, you will gain access to coaching, network resources, and investor introductions.

What to expect from Antler

Individual founders will build and launch their companies with our support through a ten-week residency. Startups with an existing team of founders will be fast-tracked directly to pitch if ready for fundraising.

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Formation and validation

You will be surrounded with everything you need to build at lightning speed: a community of diverse founders so that you can connect with other great talents as potential co-founders, get coaching from our team of proven founders and advisors, and validate your business ideas.

Pre-seed funding

Get the opportunity to pitch for an investment of US$110,000 for a 12% equity stake. Invested companies are required to pay a program fee of US$40,000, which is not applicable if you get a direct investment or if you do not receive an investment after the residency.

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Scaling and fundraising

Join Antler's portfolio for continued support and access to a global capital pathway. Over the next six months, we commit to providing follow-on funding and matching of the amount raised from external institutional investors at 2:1, which sums up to c. $600,000 in early-stage funding from Antler. Fast growing companies with accelerated backing can progress rapidly from idea stage to securing over $1 million in total capital raised within a span of one year. As a long-term capital partner, we will continue to provide continuous funding of up to $10 million in growth-stage capital at Series A and beyond.

Application Process

Submitting your application

Apply here to submit your details.

Chat with us

If shortlisted, we will have 2 rounds of interviews with you to understand your background, motivations, experiences, and expertise. You will also get to ask us more questions to further assess if Antler is an ideal fit for you.

Get a confirmation

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete, after which we will inform you if accepted or rejected.

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Application Process

Submitting your application

Apply here to submit your details.

Chat with us

If shortlisted, we will have 2 rounds of interviews with you to understand your background, motivations, experiences, and expertise. You will also get to ask us more questions to further assess if Antler is an ideal fit for you.

Get a confirmation

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete, after which we will inform you if accepted or rejected.

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Application Process

Submitting your application

Apply here to submit your details.

Chat with us

If shortlisted, we will have 2 rounds of interviews with you to understand your background, motivations, experiences, and expertise. You will also get to ask us more questions to further assess if Antler is an ideal fit for you.

Get a confirmation

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete, after which we will inform you if accepted or rejected.

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Antler-funded founders go on to raise capital from other leading VCs.

Founder testimonials

Click here to find out what founders who have built and launched their companies with Antler say about us.

Bahadir Özdemir

Airalo

What an amazing journey this has been. I have learned so much and met such amazing people. I would do it all over again if I could.

Yaumi Fauziah Sugiharta

Base

The dedicated coaches at Antler and the deep expertise they have in their industries really brought additional value to our team. They helped us pin-point areas we've missed, in the process of building our company.

Wisnu Nugrahadi

Sampingan

The constant coaching and feedback allowed us to iterate our ideas quickly and get best practices from the people in the industry.

Entrepass Partner

Our team

Meet the people dedicated to our founders' success.

Jussi Salovaara
Co-founder and Managing Partner

As Co-founder and Managing Partner Asia, Jussi works with a global team dedicated to building the most defining technology companies of tomorrow. Jussi leads Antler’s investments in the APAC region and supports founders in building and scaling their businesses, especially with growth and fundraising. He has over a decade of experience across different industries at Nokia, McKinsey, Deloitte and Morgan Stanley.

Frank Kang
Associate Partner

Frank is a seasoned serial entrepreneur with 17 years of experience. As Country Head for Malaysia, he leads investment strategy and operations for the region. He founded a social networking service at 23 and established one of the largest Twitter directories in Korea. He also founded LivingSocial and Althea in Malaysia. With Frank's proven track record of building scalable businesses in Asia, his vast experiences will help Malaysians to think globally from Day Zero and expand Malaysia's entrepreneurial impact across borders.

Najla Zamri
Senior Manager, Scouting

Najla is a Senior Manager leading Founder Scouting at Antler Malaysia. Prior to Antler, she held roles as a senior consultant at HSBC under their Digital Transformation Centre and McKinsey & Co as a generalist working on business strategy, and digital transformation projects across the region. Najla has also been in the startup ecosystem where she held the VP of Enterprise role at a Malaysian edtech company and co-founded a fintech startup. She started her career as a capital markets regulator, with Securities Commission, working on policies and regulations across investor protection, equity crowdfunding and fundraising frameworks. Najla graduated with a LLB from Queen Mary, University of London.

Sean Wong
Program Manager

Sean is the Manager running our Residency at Antler Malaysia. Prior to this, Sean headed B2B Partnerships at Lumos, a consumer electronics startup in the micromobility space & Solve Education, an edtech non-profit. In the earlier part of his career, Sean was Portfolio Manager at Endeavor, a global organisation supporting the growth of fast-growing startups. Sean was also a co-founder of Bubble Sports, a sports & team building company in Malaysia.

Markus Bruderer
Partner

Markus is a Partner at Antler sharing the overall responsibility for Antler’s operations in Southeast Asia. Markus has worked with technology ventures in SEA for nearly a decade. Prior to Antler, Markus was in Venture Development Roles at Zalora and Global Fashion Group (GFG) based in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. He holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.

Ryan Thoo
VP

Ryan Thoo is the marketing lead for Southeast Asia. He manages Antler's brand and marketing performance in the region as well as coach founders in early-stage growth and marketing. Former Marketing Director at PropertyGuru, the leading Proptech company in Southeast Asia, where he was part of the core team to drive the organization from Series B to market leadership and IPO. During that journey, Ryan contributed towards scaling up their Marketplaces business across SEA, starting up their FinTech arm, and driving Web3 innovation for PropTech.

Keith Lim
Finance Director

Keith heads the Finance function in Antler Southeast Asia and is in charge of the financial and tax reporting and compliance of the SEA fund and the local Antler entity. He has more than 20 years of working experience in both the public and private sectors covering industries from real estate, sports, defence and research. Prior to joining Antler, he spent 13 years with a multi-national real estate company which specializes in fund and asset management, real estate development and resort operations.

Audrey Gunawan
Finance Associate

Audrey supports the financial operations of South East Asia as a financial Associate. She has an understanding of financial systems that stem further than the basics, previously working first hand on finances in Singapore’s hospitality industry. Audrey is also currently pursuing her ACCA studies to gain her Chartered Certified Accountant qualification. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and Financial Management.

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