This Malaysian Startup Is In The Running To Win A US$1 Million Grant

And you can give them a leg up!


There are startups for almost anything now – from ride-sharing to dress rentals, carpark reservations and more. And every so often, there comes along a startup that tries to change the world for the better.

The Chivas Venture is a global competition to identify the best startups and social enterprises who create positive change around the world. There’s a US$1 million grant waiting for the winner, and did you know we’ve got a Malaysian startup in the finals?

The Picha Project is a food delivery service with a twist: it sells food cooked by refugees, giving them a source of income and also a sense of empowerment and independence. It’s an admirable and creative venture, one that’s changed the lives of 12 refugee families and won founder Lim Yuet Kim a place in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia – Social Entrepreneurs list.

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Lim Yuet Kim

Now she and The Picha Project in the running against 26 other finalists for the first US$200,000 pot of the Chivas Venture fund.

If you’d like to show Kim your support, voting for is now open until 25 April. Just head here to cast your vote! The votes will determine which finalist gets the biggest share of the first US$200,000 prize pot. You  can only vote once, so make it count!

Funding would allow us to… Grow our business, reaching more people and creating a much deeper impact for the refugee communities. We’d be able to invest in a system to manage operations as well as provide improved training to both our chefs and managers. We’re also hoping to start Picha kiosks which would allow us to reach out to the community, raising awareness and giving refugees experience managing food stalls.
– The Picha Project

In May, Kim will head to The Next Web in Amsterdam for the Chivas Venture global finale to compete for a share of the remaining US$800,000 fund and for one of the 5 grand final positions.

Go here to cast your vote for Kim!