Powered by Cradle
The Rice Bowl Startup Awards seeks to improve the awareness of our winners to investors across SEA to further grow the startup ecosystem. 

About Cradle

Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) is Malaysia’s early stage start-up influencer, incorporated under the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (MOF) in 2003 with a mandate to fund potential and high-calibre tech start-ups through its Cradle Investment Programme (CIP).

Throughout its 13-year history, Cradle has helped fund over 700 Malaysian tech start-ups and holds the highest commercialisation rate amongst government grants in the country. Having more than a decade of experience in the nation’s grant funding scene, Cradle further expanded its role from grant provider to investor through the establishment of its venture arm, Cradle Seed Ventures in 2015 and following its portfolio expansion to equity investment in early 2017, Cradle now offers both funding and investment assistance through its Cradle Investment Programme 300 (CIP300) and Direct Equity 800 (DEQ800).

Cradle also runs a market-driven programme to train entrepreneurs and administers the Angel Tax Incentive (ATIO), designed for angel investors to be accorded a tax deduction of up to RM500, 000 to stimulate and encourage angel investments from private sector into technology based start-up companies in Malaysia.

Cradle’s product offerings are not only restricted to monetary aid, but also include commercialisation support, coaching and various other value-added services to cater today’s entrepreneurs’ diversified needs.

For more information on Cradle, please visit

For Startups

We constantly look out for investors that are interested to invest in the next unicorn from SEA and add them in our funnel. As a winner, you will have access to that funnel. We host yearly investor matching sessions during the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards Finale for in-person meets.

Winners will receive their investment matching session itinerary 1 week before the Awards Finale. See you there!

For Investors

Are you looking for the next startup unicorn from SEA? Sign up by emailing to get involved.