About BETA Foundation
As an economic region comprising of mainly developing nations, ASEAN requires homegrown technology and businesses that can fit its geographical, economic, business, cultural and social profile. In the past, the region’s development has been driven by technologies and talent imported from North America, Europe, Japan, Korea and China. With over 640 million people - almost half of whom are under the age of 40 - South East Asia has become home to mere consumers of technology, rather than its creators.
To remain globally competitive, ASEAN nations need a new breed of entrepreneurs who can create, adapt and proliferate technology that can propel the region into the digital age.
The Foundation believes that a thriving community of technopreneurs across South East Asia will ensure economic stability and global competitiveness.
Our mission is to develop ecosystems for technopreneurship advancement in South East Asia.
The Foundation’s mission is to develop ecosystems for technopreneurship advancement in South East Asia
Is to see a thriving community of technopreneurs across South East Asia that can ensure economic stability and global competitiveness for ASEAN.
Our primary beneficiary is the technopreneur, or startup founder.
Our stakeholders include government agencies and regulators, venture capital, financing institutions, media, technology and innovation institutions, educators, business mentors/coaches.
BETA Foundation Founders
CEO & Co-founder
Lilyana Abdul Latiff currently helms the BETA Foundation, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The mandate of the foundation is to build a vibrant and high impact tech/startup business ecosystem and community across Asia Pac – which includes startup founders, corporates, eco-system communities, investors and funds, mentors, and policy makers. The foundation's aim is to build successful, sustainable and fast growing tech startups and businesses via strategic, collaborative and outcome-focused programmes and activities.
Lilyana was formerly a co-founder of Joota – a social content platform focusing on bringing people together based on their interests. At Joota, she heads a geographically dispersed product development team, with product designs centered in Malaysia, and software and network engineering teams in United States, Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur.
Lilyana is a spirited entrepreneur having founded several other companies prior to Joota. Her career has carried her through diverse industries such as education, media and advertising, business consulting and even event management. But she has consistently infused communication and web technologies in each of her venture – setting her companies slightly apart from other industry players. Lilyana graduated from University of Iowa with Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
COO & CO-founder
Linda believe in data driven strategies and implementation for business and technology. She believe technology can have huge impact on business. With entrepreneurship and technical background, Linda provide an end-to-end advisory service.
She is a confident leader with strong technical skills and shrewd business sense to inspire and lead a company. Combine knowledge of business, strategies, technology, market trends, and education to influence advancement of company goals. Have established lasting relationships throughout career and maintain these relationships to diversify perspective and collect valuable information.
Haslinda graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Computer Science and currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration from UTM.
What is a Technopreneur?
An entrepreneur is a person who identifies an opportunity, converts it into a product or service, and builds a successful business with it. A technopreneur starts out with nothing but an ‘idea’. They defy existing practices and systems, and find ways to think and do things differently. They create a product or solution that uses technology’s heft and capabilities to improve upon traditional ways of getting things done.
Technopreneurship is a new breed of entrepreneurship, where technology serves as an integral and key element in the transformation of goods and services.
What is a Startup Ecosystem?
A start-up, according to Wikipedia, is an entrepreneurial venture – typically a newly emerged business - that aims to meet a marketplace need by developing a viable business model around a product, service, process or a platform. An ecosystem refers to the environment in which the business operates – including competitors, consumers, resources, government regulations, political, economic,
cultural and social variables, all of which have an impact on the way a product is designed and used and the business entity is run.