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FWD and Artem Ventures launch RM45M fund to invest in emerging Malaysian insurtech and Islamic fintech start-ups

01 December 2022 | Hong Kong
FWD Group Holdings Limited (“FWD Group”) today announced the launch of TIM Ventures, a RM45 million venture capital fund in collaboration with Artem Ventures, a Malaysia-based venture capital firm, to invest in emerging start-ups in the insurtech and Islamic fintech space in Malaysia.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a critical component of the Malaysian economy, contributing more than a third of gross domestic product and providing job opportunities to more than four million workers in Malaysia1.

“By launching TIM Ventures, we hope to support early-stage entrepreneurs in Malaysia by not just providing them with financing, but also helping to connect them with the networks and expertise they need to succeed,” said Sim Preston, FWD Managing Director and Group Chief Operating Officer. “We hope to invest in businesses that share our vision as we work together on changing the way people feel about takaful.”

The fund has already invested into four start-ups, including winners from the FWD Start-Up Studio, a pre-accelerator programme launched in 2021, with the aim of becoming a leading innovation hub in Malaysia. The companies are:

  • Senang: an on-demand subscription-based insurance company;
  • Pewarisan: an online platform providing digital solutions for Islamic inheritance planning;
  • Du-It: a Malaysia-based fintech company; and
  • Blueduck: a zero-deposit insurance agency.

Binayak Dutta, FWD Managing Director, Emerging Markets and Group Chief Distribution Officer, said, “The launch of this fund, together with our pre-accelerator programme, FWD Start-Up Studio, signifies our continued commitment to the Malaysian market and the role we want to play in closing the takaful protection gap. This initiative allows us to partner with exciting emerging talent and develop innovative new technologies to achieve a brighter, digital future.”

Ts. Mahadhir Aziz, CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, said, “We welcome the establishment of this venture capital fund to support the growth of Malaysia’s SMEs operating in these sectors. We will strive to ensure further effective collaborations are formed, to support this growing technology ecosystem in line with our new national strategic initiative, Malaysia Digital (MD). We are particularly focused on the innovative Islamic fintech segment, where Malaysia has been a global leader for eight consecutive years.”

About FWD Group

Established in Asia in 2013 with a trailblazer mentality, FWD is the primary insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group

FWD Group spans 10 markets in Asia including Hong Kong SAR & Macau SAR, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia and Cambodia, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, Shariah and family takaful products across a number of its markets.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences and making the insurance journey simpler, faster and smoother, with innovative propositions and easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to be a leading pan-Asian insurer by changing the way people feel about insurance.

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