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Startup ideas flourish at bootcamp

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STARTUPMALAYSIA and Global Innovation through Science and and Technology (GIST)'s two-day "GIST and Startup Boot Camp" workshop has sparked innovative thinking of new startup ideas among young Malaysian entrepreneurs.

 KUALA LUMPUR: StartupMalaysia founder Dash Dhakshinamoorthy said the workshop, which ended yesterday, was essential to elevate the standard of entrepreneurship in Malaysia.

"For this workshop, we have brought in some of the big names in the business world like Donald Frazier of Forbes Asia to provide insights on business and entrepreneurship to participants."

The intensive mentoring event was also aimed to achieve growth of ideas in the field of Information Communication Technology (ICT), energy, healthcare and agriculture sectors.

Dash said the importance of entrepreneurship in Malaysia had inspired him to create a path for the country's young entrepreneurs.

"It would be a waste if we do not recognise their talents and they should be given the encouragement to develop their business locally and penetrate the global market."

In a competition organised at the workshop, a total of four startups, also known as businesses, won scholarships to attend an acceleration camp at Silicon Valley in the United States for four weeks.

Another winner won a two-week trip to the Silicon Valley located in Boston, sponsored by GIST.

GIST programme manager Natalia Pipa said the workshop aspired to strengthen participants' acumen in entrepreneurship.

"The workshop will definitely boost confidence in these entrepreneurs who will become more aggressive in their pursuit of success," she added.

First-prize winner Piktochart founder Goh A. Ching said the opportunity would enable Malaysians to learn and strengthen the relationship between the two nations.

"It's a great opportunity for us to learn and establish partnerships with world-renowned companies to compete in the global market."

Goh added that Malaysians should have the attitude and mindset of being independent in developing their business models.

"There are so many young talents in our country and it is a shame if we rely solely on government aid to sustain our businesses.

"Entrepreneurs should not rely on funds and grants given by the government as they should be able to find avenues to develop and sustain their businesses."

Piktochart deals with an online tool for creating presentations and info graphs which allow users to create interactive and informative charts without the need of Photoshop skills.

Among other winners were OctoApp, Vouchere.com SecQme and FanXT.

Winners of GIST and Startup Malaysia’s full scholarship to Silicon Valley, the United States, Goh A. Ching (third from left) and Andrea Zaggia (fourth from left) with (from right) StartupMalaysia co-founder Rebeca Hwang, founder Dash Dhakshinamoorthy and GIST organisers Natalia Pipa and Ovidin Bujorean.


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