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TECHSTARS STARTUP WEEKEND IN BINTULU

BINTULU – July 21, 2019 –  It was a gathering of young minds and entrepreneurs when forty participants consist of programmers, working professionals and students from Universiti Putra Malaysia Kampus Bintulu (UPMKB) took part in the first ever Techstars Startup Weekend in Bintulu. The programme was jointly organized by The Founders Club, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS) and Page Productions.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour programme designed to provide experiential entrepreneurship education for students, professionals and entrepreneurs. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, participants bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of judges.

“I am excited to be part of this programme as a mentor. It’s a good start for the Bintulu startup ecosystem. I believe Bintulu has the talent to produce high-growth startups that will contribute to the Sarawak digital economy,” said Lee Zhi Eng, Founder of Kloena Digital, a Bintulu-based startup and strategic partner of TEGAS.

On July 21, the teams pitched their final presentation and minimal viable product (MVP) before a panel of expert judges including Khairool Adzelan from SMA, Fakhzan Buang from UPMKB and Tan Yee Siang from Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC).

“It’s exciting to see the potential of our youths given the right platform and opportunity to express themselves. The Startup Weekend Bintulu is one such platform and provides the learning opportunity to structure their ideas into a potential entrepreneurship. We look forward to having more such programs and participations in the future. Big shoutout to The Founders Club for organizing the event.” said Khairool Adzelan, Ecosystem Strategist (Talents).

It was a team of students from UPMKB who won over the panel of judges with their innovative ideas and business solutions. They won 3-months access to SMA-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) and MaGIC Co-working Space @ Borneo 744 as well as opportunity to participate in their Pre-Accelerator programmes.

“This Startup Weekend Bintulu is a good platform to select qualified participants for our more advanced programmes run at our SMA-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hubs in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri, such as TEGAS Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp, TEGAS Startup Lab and Sarawak Shell Livewire” said YB Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, Chairman of TEGAS

“The Sarawak government has put in place many facilities aimed at helping Sarawak entrepreneurs in its pursuit towards the digital economy goal. One of the reasons why we want Sarawakian entrepreneurs to find out the facilities made available for them is to enable them to explore the opportunities and have access to programmes slated for enhancing their skills and capabilities”, added Datu Len.

Techstars Started Weekend Bintulu was held at SMA-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) which is located at second floor, Naim Street Mall, Bintulu Paragon. Launched by The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak in February 2019, it serves as an inclusive platform to provide growth opportunities for early-stage startups and to build a strong startup community across Sarawak.

“On its own, it will be the focal point of entrepreneurial activity in Bintulu and as a prime component of the state’s ecosystem, DIH Bintulu managed by the capable hands of TEGAS team, will be supplying high-potential early-state startups that will graduate to the Digital Village in Samajaya and be the pride of Sarawak and the nation,” said Dr. Zaidi Razak, General Manager of SMA

Under Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2025 (Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Action 37), the Sarawak government through SMA would establish one innovation centre in each division and facilitate others (private sector, universities and communities).

 

YLE2019 STRENGTHENING YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
 

UNIVERSITI Putra Malaysia Bintulu Sarawak Campus (UPMKB) in collaboration with the Sarawak Bumiputera Children's Fund (TEGAS) has taken the initiative to assist Bintulu local youth in empowering the national human capital development plan by conducting a program that focuses on leadership and entrepreneurship.

The plan is also in line with the Sarawak government's desire to develop digital economy and local social development.

The smart partnership between UPMKB and TEGAS is also supported by the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) which has also designed long-term projects in developing local youth knowledge and skills.

The partnership comprised of industrial networking and intellectual transformation was founded by the Dean of Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, UPMKB, Assoc Prof. Dr. Shahrul Razid Sarbini and Senior Manager of Digital-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Sarawak, Manzoor Hayat Khan, in December 2018.

One of the programs that was held was 'Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship 2019' also known as YLE2019. This global leadership oriented program and digital entrepreneurship was designed by UPMKB and TEGAS as a local youth development module.

According to one of the co-ordinator and co-advisor leader, Mr. Fakhzan Buang, YLE2018 is seen as an effort to give local students and youths a chance to get professional training in leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The project, divided into three phases, will be carried out this year to help young entrepreneurs become skillful and innovative.

For the first series, the YLE2019 program was held for two days on 26-27 January 2019 at SMA-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub, Naim Street Mall, Bintulu Paragon. A total of 60 participants comprising UPMKB students, Bintulu MARA Skills Institute (BIN), Bintulu Vocational College, Advanced Technology Training Center (ADTEC) Bintulu and several local youths were involved in the program.

The program involved several training slots and skills that were delivered by several experts from UPMKB and also the founder of All Aboard Young Leaders Center Miri.

Some of the first series of training modules that have been given to participants are 'Leadership in Challenging Era: Think and Act Like a Super Leader', 'Innovation Thinking: Toward Digital Era', 'Cash Management: The Numbers Count', 'Professional Resume: Market Your Image Professionally 'and' Lead Like an Entrepreneur '.

The next series is expected to be held in mid-year, extending from the first series of training and workshops.

The YLE 2019 Series 1 program has been concludes with a closing speech from Chief Operating Officer TEGAS Awangku Ngali Mohamed who advised young people to strive to become a leader of caliber and productive digital entrepreneurs.

He also added that the YLE2019 project focuses primarily on the development of digital economy, human capital transformation, e-entrepreneurship, lifelong education and social development that can have a great impact on the self development and economic development of local and Sarawakians especially.

It is hoped that this opportunity will allow the younger generation to become more capable as a global leader thus helping the country in the development of the digital era.

For more info, please browse : https://www.utusanborneo.com.my/2019/02/12/yle2019-memperkasa-semangat-kepimpinan-dan-keusahawanan-belia

Updated:: 18/12/2019

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