Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MDeC-MIT Technopreneur Initiative

The Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) under the leadership of Datuk Badlisham Ghazali has definitely been working very hard to enhance the outcome of Multimedia Super Corridor and also the development of technopreneurs. This is yet another initiative by MDeC.

Below is quoted from The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Custodian of the MSC Malaysia Initiative, the Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) plans to ­continue to work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to equip budding technopreneurs with better ­business skills.

Speaking at a press conference after announcing the sponsors for the upcoming MSC-Malaysia Apicta (Asia Pacific ICT Award), MDeC chief ­executive officer, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said that MDeC is currently discussing business coaching and mentorship programmes for local technopreneuers with the university.

“We hope to announce the ­finalised programmes at the end of year,” he said.

The programmes will be an ­extension of MDeC’s partnership with MIT. It has already secured a week-long business coaching programme at the institute’s Sloan School of Management as one of the prizes for the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award at the upcoming MSC-Apicta.

While there, the winner will learn to create, identify and evaluate new venture opportunities, as well as how to enhance and expand their business networks.

Badlisham said the prize ­represents MDeC’s role in nurturing local companies to prepare them for the globalised business world.

“We don’t only want to have many ‘babies,’ we’d like to guide them into ­adulthood too,” Badlisham said, adding that such courses will help local companies be at par with their international counterparts.

Badlisham said MDeC has also worked with local universities to provide business training to students to encourage them to take up ­entrepreneurship.

“The Government is encouraging us to undertake a more nurturing role and create a pool of ­outstanding ­technoprenuers,” he said.

On to the awards

The ninth MSC-Apicta will take place on Oct 18 with the theme of “Stimulating Creativity and Excellence in ICT.”

Badlisham said the theme was picked to reflect the benefits of ­innovative creations based on ICT.

He said this year’s MSC-Apicta has the highest submission rate in the award’s nine-year history.

Badlisham said there are 359 ­nominees this year compared to last year’s 321.

All winners in the 19 categories will represent the country in the regional Apicta ceremony which will be held in Jakarta in November.

Several past MSC-Apicta winners have also showed their support for this year’s event by sponsoring it in cash and kind.

Among the sponsors for this year’s ­ceremony are, the Asia Pacific University College of Technology, Microsoft Malaysia and Shell International Bhd.

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