Born in Paris, DrinkEntrepreneurs has since gone global, with events organized in 40 cities such as Shanghai, London, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and our very own Kuala Lumpur!

This 29th March (Thursday), key players from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Malaysia will gather for KL’s Largest StartUp Party at Kyo, Mandarin Oriental! As entrepreneurs and professionals gear up for DEKL’s 4th year anniversary event, we wanted to know how a monthly event could sustain itself for so long! We reached out to the founders of Drinkentrepreneurs Malaysia, Mr. Lingesh Thayala and Mr. Ganesh Mahendranathan.

“We provide an informal setting for entrepreneurs and professionals alike to exchange ideas in a relaxed environment. Our attendees are extremely diverse coming from a variety of sectors whilst our partners view it as a strong platform to connect and engage with the start-up community”, says Lingesh.

Ganesh adds, “Over the last 2 years, apart from our traditional events, we have also helped startups and corporations to build their own vibrant communities by organising customised mingle events for FREE! We take community building seriously and believe that organisations are built from the bottom up. Based on feedback we’ve received, larger organisations have cited benefits such as improvement in team morale and productivity as a result of these monthly/quarterly meetups”.

Having grown to a large event commanding up to 200 attendees every month, Drinkentrepreneurs in KL has since expanded operations to cities across Malaysia comprising Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru and Miri to help foster the vision of entrepreneurship community building throughout the country. Their future goals are to replicate that model amongst traditional corporations and rapidly growing startups!

This year they’ve brought in key industry players within the startup ecosystem to participate in what promises to be the largest startup party in KL. These include 500 Startups (venture capital), Tech in Asia,  Techstars, AIESEC Alumni Network, (backed by Catcha Group), Synergize, BEAM (networking platform for professionals) and Technology Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia.

For this month’s annual get together, over 300 attendees are expected to show up at Kyo, Mandarin Oriental this 29th March from 8pm onwards. Bring your friends to celebrate what promises to be an unforgettable party! Feel free to reach out to the co-founders, Ganesh (+60164457661) and Lingesh (+6012770 3791) for any enquiries.

Recently Published

Key Takeaway: China’s national champions for semiconductor design and manufacturing, HiSilicon and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), are making waves in Washington. Huawei’s launch of the Huawei Mate 60 smartphone in August 2023 showed that Chinese self-sufficiency in HiSilicon’s semiconductor design and SMIC’s manufacturing capabilities were catching up at an alarming pace. The US has […]

Top Picks

Key Takeaway: Shared attention amplifies experiences and builds relationships, according to studies in various countries. Research shows that synchronous attention with others yields stronger memories, deeper emotions, and firmer motivations. This can be observed in labs across the US, Australia, Hungary, Germany, and Denmark. Shared attention can also build relationships across the political divide and […]
Key Takeaway: Disney has a rich musical legacy, with landmark films featuring musical numbers that remain household favourites today. The studio’s first sound film, Steamboat Willie, (1928), established Disney as the leading animation studio. The silent era of cinema (1923-1928) saw films without soundtracks but often accompanied by local organists or pianists. The Alice Comedies […]


I highly recommend reading the McKinsey Global Institute’s new report, “Reskilling China: Transforming The World’s Largest Workforce Into Lifelong Learners”, which focuses on the country’s biggest employment challenge, re-training its workforce and the adoption of practices such as lifelong learning to address the growing digital transformation of its productive fabric. How to transform the country […]

Join our Newsletter

Get our monthly recap with the latest news, articles and resources.


Welcome to Empirics

We are glad you have decided to join our mission of gathering the collective knowledge of Asia!
Join Empirics