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After starting his career in Indonesian automotive conglomerate Astra, businessman Kiwi Aliwarga left the country in 1998 to establish United Machinery in Myanmar with business partner Daw Marlar Win. The United Machinery Group (UMG) is now one of Myanmar's biggest conglomerates. Its original core business, ranging from distribution of generators and other heavy machinery, has been transformed and expanded to include media, leisure and F&B.The venture capital arm UMG Idealab seeks and supports innovative business ideas from the region to bring back to Myanmar. Through UMG Idealab, Aliwarga is exploring various new technologies including passenger-carrying drone taxis. He recently co-founded FROGS in Indonesia with former aircraft engineer Asro Nasiri.

UMG Indonesia is a subsidiary of the Myanmar-based UMG conglomerate that was founded in 1998. The Indonesian company is a hardware and machine distributor, with property interests in Indonesia. In 2017, UMG provided seed funding to fishery tech startup Aruna.

Myanmar’s first circular economy waste management and recycling marketplace is banking on blockchain and analytics to become a key player in Southeast Asia.

Yangon-based social impact investor Phandeeyar Accelerator was born out of Code for Change Myanmar, a series of hackathons in 2014 and its accelerator is the Yangon chapter of Founder Institute.  It is a keen part of Myanmar’s nascent tech ecosystem.With a $2m fund, the VC began investing in local startups in 2017 with a maximum funding of $25,000. It has invested in 17 companies including restaurant booking app Resdi and apartment sharing app Nay Var.

Vynn Capital LP was founded in early 2018 by former Gobi Partners vice president Victor Chua and Darren Chua from Singapore. Victor joined Gobi in 2015 and was on Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia list 2017: Finance and Venture Capital.The Malaysian VC, with plans to raise a maiden fund of US$40 million, will focus on financing collaborations among large corporates, SMEs and innovative startups in the ASEAN region including Myanmar. It will invest in 15 to 30 companies. with seed funds ranging from US$300,000 to US$500,000 and Series A of US$1 million.

Initially trained as an electrical engineer at Thanlyin Technological University in 2009, Okka Phyo Maung went on to obtain a joint degree in American studies, sustainable and green tech from Colorado State University and Daejeon University in South Korea. He also provided research and technical support for two local universities while studying in Korea.In 2013, he went to study at Vesalius College in Brussels and graduated in business administration in 2017. While living in Brussels, he gained work experience as a data analyst at Management Centre Europe and was a cost consultant at Bridgewater Consulting.In Myanmar, he has worked as a project coordinator for the construction of telecoms towers in 2013. He was also an advisory consultant for accounting firm EY’s financial due diligence projects. In 2018, he began working full-time as the CFO and CMO of RecyGlo, Myanmar’s first waste management and recycling tech company.

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