In August this year, the Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that Malaysia will host the first Global Entrepreneurship Community (GECommunity) event in Kuala Lumpur.
Speaking about the event, he said, “Malaysia has put in place a robust entrepreneurship and ecosystem framework. We recognise that entrepreneurs are key drivers of the nation’s economic and social progress, helping build new economies critical to sustainable development.
The GECommunity will help to strengthen and develop an inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystem, putting in place platforms and policies that catalyse cross-border partnerships and affect real change. We are excited that GECommunity will put Malaysia on the map for global entrepreneurs and unleash greater opportunities for startups to engage and collaborate on solutions for the new economies of the future.”
Organised by Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), this inaugural GEComunity event will be held on December 8 and 9 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
Among the confirmed speakers is Mike Walsh, the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. His specialty is on advising leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change.
Another keynote speaker that quite a few might recognise is Bill Rancic, the very first Apprentice hired by the new President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump on his reality TV series.
With 8 core cluster labs, GECommunity hopes to push through initiatives and solutions that will lead to new economies and industry transformation.
Their theme? Reimagine the future of entrepreneurs.
Other notable features of this event are panel sessions, group mentoring, pitch sessions and to cap it off, the second day will finish with the Global Startup Awards.
Malaysia’s very own Grab is up for the Startup Of The Year award, and its CEO Anthony Tan is also nominated as Founder Of The Year. The prolific 500 startups/500 durians is also in the running for Investor Of The Year.
Event attendees can also look forward to deciding between specialised keynotes for all of the 8 clusters which are: Biotech, Creative, Education, Finance, Green, Health, Lifestyle and Supply Chain. These sessions are geared towards preparing entrepreneurs for the future and all the changes that are coming as technology continues to progress in leaps and bounds.
Attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss critical challenges, future trends and behaviours, exchange experiences and discuss strategic partnerships.
Through organising events like these, the hope is to connect a community of thousands of experts and like-minded entrepreneurs tackling similar problems. According to their website, the government of Malaysia wishes to “empower entrepreneurs around the world with groundbreaking ideas and collaborations to solve cross-border challenges, uncover new possibilities and revolutionary ideas within the entrepreneurship”.
With the ambition of tapping into Malaysia’s potential as one of the great entrepreneurship hubs of the world, it looks like this is a step in the right direction.
For more information or to register, head on over to the GECommunity website here.
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