MaGIC’s Startup Accelerator Program Forum at USM

USM, 9 October 2015 – National Advance IPv6 Centre (NAv6) and School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia had organized a half-day entrepreneurship forum in collaboration with Malaysia Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC). The forum was well received and attended by 50 students and staff from the organizing entities as well as having participation from School of Management and School of Social Sciences.

The programme was hosted in the Meeting Room of School of Computer Sciences. Among the panelists were Dr. Prathaban Raju, Door2Door Doctor; Dr. Lance Uriel Pormarejo, Good Meal Hunting; Tien Yu Lee, Chief Business Development Officer of Qsearch, Dolyman Inc.; and Paul Jones Entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur from US who shared their experience and inspired students to come up with unique and innovative ideas for implementation as a first step to form a start-up.

Mr. Muhammad Imran Sarwar, a Ph.D fellow at NAv6, who organised the forum stated that the objective of the program is to create awareness among USM students as well as expose them to the experience and success of start-ups under MaGIC.

“The main objective of the forum was to create awareness among the Information Technology related students to come up with ideas that can form basis of startup. Moreover, to give an overview, experience and success of recent start-up funded by MaGIC,” said Mr Imran in the brief introductory speech.

The opening speech was delivered by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cheah YuN, the deputy dean of the School of Computer Sciences, who highlighted the mindset needed to succeed in start-ups.

“The youth with innovative mindset in the technology field has an advantage over others in coming up with a good start-up ideas.”

He hopes the experience and success of three start-up panelist will help the youngsters in their future start-up undertaking.

MaGIC is a government owned entity based in Cyberjaya, Selangor with focus on building Malaysian startup ecosystem. It brings Startup Accelerator Program (SAP), a 4-month program with 50 startups from all over the ASEAN region. As part of the program, MaGIC brings startups to perform a ‘giving back’ element which involves some sharing some experiences and knowledge with the universities and local community.

MaGIC was first announced in October 2013 by the most honourable Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak during the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur. It was officially launched by President Barack Obama and the Prime Minister on 27th April 2014 together with the signing of memorandum of understanding with Stanford University and UP Global to further foster and develop a vibrant startup ecosystem in Malaysia and beyond. (MIS/IH)


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