Bikesh Lakhmichand (Mike Smith)
Founder, 1337 Ventures
Bikesh is no stranger to the world of digital disruption in Southeast Asia. He is the founding partner of 1337 Ventures, Malaysia’s first Accelerator programme that has invested in over 50 innovative digital startups across diverse areas spanning gaming, social networking, education, big data, proximity marketing, wearable technology, fintech and recently social enterprises. 1337 Ventures is the mastermind behind Alpha Startups, an intensive 5-day design sprint based pre-accelerator bootcamp that has helped numerous startups the likes of ParkEasy and Gigfairy that went from from idea to exit in just 12 months.
Beyond helping to discover, validate, and scale high-potential startups from ideas to businesses of the future, Bikesh utilises his experience in the startups scene to help corporates such as Khazanah, Maybank and CIMB transform and compete in the digital age. Bikesh helps corporates via consultation to create new business units or services, design thinking to equip them with relevant skillsets and knowledge, and organise accelerator programmes to identify startups to solve their problem statements.