REPORT] Global Entrepreneurship Community 2016

On the 8 th and 9 th of December, the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Community (GEC) at the KL Convention Centre (KLCC). The inaugural event aims to bring together startup and technology ecosystem influencers, including research experts, startup founders and industry leaders to connect and share experiences, solve global challenges and uncover new opportunities.

UStart Malaysia 2016, held at University of Malaya in November served as the final rally of GEC event exposure and marketing. UM sent a delegate of academics and tech transfer officers to the event.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as well as the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Secretary-General of MoF. The event was then divided into two main parallel events, the Main Conference at the Plenary Hall for the public; and the Cluster Labs for subject and industry experts.

The 9 industry-specific cluster labs were designed to connect practitioners, policy makers, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and community champions to pore over critical challenges, future trends and behaviors, exchange experiences and discuss strategic partnerships to drive through initiatives and solutions that will lead to new economies and industry transformation. Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin led a team of UM subject experts, including Prof. Dr. Thong Meow Keong, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sanjay Rampal and Dr. Fatiha Hana, to the Personalized Medicine workshop under the Biotechnology Cluster Lab, on the request of Bioeconomy Development Corporation.

The 2 nd day continued with a voting of the cluster labs and a closing ceremony officiated by the 2 nd Minister of Finance. The results of the voting will be announced at a future date by MaGIC.


Figure 1:
Opening Ceremony officiated by the Prime Minister, flanked by the Minister of MOSTI and Sec. Gen. of MoF

Figure 2:
UMCIC team with successful entrepreneur, Vivy Yusof from Fashion Valet.

Figure 4:
Personalized Medicine workshop under the Biotechnology cluster.

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