Cyberjaya, Malaysia - 30 October 2019 – The Entrepreneurial Nation (E-Nation) Symposium, a 4-day entrepreneurship symposium to connect aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, ecosystem influencers and industry leaders with the access and exchange necessary to stimulate and facilitate the spirit of entrepreneurship through creativity, innovation and social impact in Malaysia was officially launched today at the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) Campus in Cyberjaya.
The launch which was attended by over 300 participants was officiated by YB Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof, Minister of Entrepreneur Development, Malaysia. In his speech, YB Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof shared: “To fulfil our aspirations to make Malaysia an entrepreneurial nation by 2030, it is imperative that we create a dynamic entrepreneurship ecosystem to ensure all segments of the society can benefit from it and explore their potential to be involved. I would like to point out that for us to just embrace the digital transformation, is not enough. It is not enough to just be innovative or have a creative mind. We must also be mindful of the social impact in order for us to ride whatever new disruptive technological advancements that the IR 4.0 wave may bring. Let us together, lay a strong foundation for an entrepreneurial Malaysia.”
Under the theme ‘Shaping an Entrepreneurial Nation’, MaGIC E-Nation aims to paint a canvas of future possibilities by fostering in-depth conversations around emerging technology, fresh entrepreneurial ideas, impact-conscious ventures, industry-specific future challenges and opportunities as well as the collaboration of entrepreneurs in finding new innovative approaches to solve real problems.
Organised by MaGIC, the launch of the symposium featured a keynote on empowering fashion-preneurs of tomorrow delivered by Vivy Sofinas Yusof, co-founder of Fashion Valet and Duck Group. MaGIC also signed 3 separate memorandum of understanding (MoU) between: 1) Citrine Capital on Impact Investment; 2) Genasthim on BCORP; and 3) Heriot-Watt University on Entrepreneurship Community Building. The signing of the 3 MoUs is aimed at fostering collaboration between all parties in: 1) creating educational content on the areas of impact investment; 2) sharing best practices on entrepreneurial methods; and 3) cooperating within the areas of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship as well as Social Entrepreneurship.
Dzuleira Abu Bakar, Chief Executive Officer of MaGIC shared: “As an agency driving the growth and development of an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem, E-Nation will set the mark to bring together all the relevant stakeholders under one roof over four days for a journey of discovery, connection and partnership to further accelerate the growth of a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Malaysia. This will help in fostering greater collaboration between key stakeholders which can lead to a more sustainable ecosystem, opening doors to diversified economic activities and inclusive growth. We see E-Nation becoming an annual and a signature symposium for MaGIC. This way, there is always a follow-through from the active discussions we have ignited in the previous year.”
The symposium is a convening ground for change makers to participate in 8 stimulating keynote sessions and panel discussions featuring over 40 locally and internationally renowned speakers. Confirmed speakers include Dato’ Norman Abdul Halim of KRU Studios, Tristan Ace from British Council, Ariz ‘Caprice’ Ramli of Caprice Technologies, Lehui Liang from Social Ventures Hong Kong, Olivier Legrand from LinkedIn Asia Pacific and more.
E-Nation which will run till 2 November 2019 at the MaGIC Campus in Cyberjaya expects to gather over 2,000 participants and will cut across 6 pillars: 1) creative; 2) corporate innovation; 3) education; 4) entrepreneurship; 5) policy; and 6) social entrepreneurship. The symposium will conclude with an E-Nation fest which will feature a career fair and startup exhibition for entrepreneurs to showcase their innovation-driven solutions while recruiting potential job-seeking candidates, PUBG Mobile Tournament, Mobile Legend League Tournament and a Buy for Impact fair.
E-Nation is in line with efforts by the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED) in transforming Malaysia into an entrepreneurial nation by 2030. The E-Nation Symposium has a four-pronged objective: 1) to bridge ecosystem movers, shakers and builders together to facilitate idea exchange, promote collaboration and foster networking opportunities; 2) to highlight recent entrepreneurial initiatives; 3) to gather influential entrepreneurs and speakers to generate and communicate rich knowledge and information to the attendees in areas of social innovation, entrepreneurship education, impact investment; as well as 4) to promote the concept of social innovation and social responsibility to encourage the adoption and understanding of the conscious entrepreneurship concept.
Event partners for E-Nation symposium include British Council, Cyberview, Maxis, Allo, GamesBond, Digital Internet Association Malaysia, Pacific Basin Economic Council, Startup Mamak, Taylors Education Group, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, University Malaya, Beamstart, BFM and Vulcan Post.
For further information on E-Nation and to purchase tickets, please visit: enation.mymagic.my
ABOUT MALAYSIAN GLOBAL INNOVATION & CREATIVITY CENTRE (MaGIC)
MaGIC enables and supports the sustainable growth of entrepreneurship in Malaysia. Our goal is to drive sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem development through innovation and creativity by creating value and new economic drive for Malaysia. We help entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey by collaborating with other government agencies, industries and stakeholders. To build our nation’s innovation and creativity skills as well as grow talent, we offer dynamic programmes and capacity-building initiatives. MaGIC also positions Malaysia as a gateway into ASEAN for entrepreneurs to expand their business and reach. Social entrepreneurship is a key focus for us too as we aim to drive the movement forward through community engagement, capability development and social impact measurement initiatives.
MaGIC is an agency under the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED) with a mandate that realises the aspirations of the National Entrepreneurship Policy 2030 (Dasar Keusahawanan Nasional 2030) and contributes to the evolution of Malaysia into an entrepreneurial nation.
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