inDrive Empowers Malaysian Entrepreneurs with Global Tech Awards, Driving Innovation and Diversity

inDrive, the global mobility and urban services platform, has opened its prestigious Aurora Tech Award and Underdog Tech Award to aspiring individuals in Malaysia. These awards empower women founders of IT startups and technology startups outside big tech hubs and offer Malaysian entrepreneurs the chance for international recognition, funding, mentorship, and networking.

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2023 – Leading global mobility and urban services platform, inDrive, announced today that it is opening two of its prestigious global tech awards to aspiring individuals in Malaysia. The Aurora Tech Award and the Underdog Tech Award, aimed at empowering women founders of IT startups and technology startups outside big tech hubs, will provide Malaysian entrepreneurs with an exceptional opportunity for international recognition, funding, mentorship, and networking.

During his recent visit to Malaysia, inDrive’s Founder and CEO, Arsen Tomsky, extended the availability of these esteemed awards to the vibrant Malaysian entrepreneurial community. As a promising country for women entrepreneurs and tech startups, inDrive urges Malaysian entrepreneurs to seize the chance and submit their entries for the 2023 Aurora Tech Award and the 2023 Underdog Tech Award.

“I started inDrive with limited resources and in very challenging circumstances. This fueled my passion to challenge injustice,” said Arsen Tomsky, Founder and CEO of inDrive. “The inDrive app empowers both drivers and passengers by allowing them to set their own fair rate together. It’s this same spirit of fairness that led us to establish the Aurora and Underdog Tech Awards. We strive to provide women entrepreneurs and struggling startups with the support they need.”

Launched in 2020, the Aurora Tech Award is a prestigious annual prize celebrating women founders of IT startups. By empowering and normalizing successful women leaders in the tech industry, the award aims to provide support and acknowledgment for their outstanding contributions. The Aurora Tech Award is open to any woman founder or co-founder whose business, established within the past five years, focuses on IT solutions that address real-world challenges.

The Underdog Tech Award, a newly introduced international prize, recognizes and uplifts founders of the best technology startups outside of big tech hubs or startup communities. This award aims to bridge the gap for startups located in markets with limited access to experience, talent, funding, and startup infrastructure. It targets founders or co-founders of tech companies established within the last five years, whose products contribute to world development and face funding or skills-related struggles.

Together, both awards offer total prizes of over RM550,000 (USD$120,000) to three winners in each category, alongside an array of other benefits crucial for their business development. In addition to the financial reward, winners will receive mentorship through the inDrive program, opportunities to network with industry experts, and positive media coverage.

Malaysia’s vibrant entrepreneurial landscape, coupled with its promising potential, makes it an ideal environment for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking recognition and growth opportunities. inDrive recognizes Malaysia’s immense talent pool and encourages local startups to participate in these prestigious awards, paving the way to highlight their achievements on a global stage.

“I was really impressed with Malaysia’s vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial community during my visit. I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), and it truly highlighted the amazing potential for Malaysian startups to scale up globally. We hope that Malaysian entrepreneurs will seriously consider applying for the Aurora and Underdog Tech awards, as the winners receive a significant helping hand on their startup journey,” concluded Arsen.

The application submission date for the 2023 Aurora Tech Awards runs from September 5th to December 1st, 2023. For more information, please visit:

The application submission date for the 2023 Underdog Tech Awards runs from September 19th until November 28th, 2023. For further details, please visit:

With its ride-hailing capabilities, inDrive has established itself as a prominent player in the global mobility services market, operating in over 614 cities across 47 countries. Garnering more than 175 million global downloads on Play Store and App Store, inDrive holds the second position worldwide for monthly downloads. The company’s commitment to realizing human potential and increasing access to education and social elevation, with a particular focus on underprivileged communities, drives its dedication to supporting aspiring entrepreneurs through these groundbreaking awards.

Author: Terry KS

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