London’s entrepreneurs have been given a welcome boost thanks to funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Virgin Group.

London’s entrepreneurs have been given a welcome boost thanks to funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Virgin Group.

Source: Published by Tania Steere on 21 August 2020. London’s entrepreneurs have been given a welcome boost thanks to funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Virgin Group.  The funding will support the not-for-profit organisation Virgin StartUp to run its Ready Steady Grow programme, which is aimed at supporting London-based founders.  Image from Virgin Startup The Ready Steady Grow programme has been running since 2017 to support the capital’s entrepreneurs as they start, fund, and scale their businesses. It has supported more than 400 London-based founders to date, and attendees have subsequently received £4.2m in investment for their companies and created 57 full time jobs. Today’s funding secures the programme’s future until 31 March 2023.  Over the past three years, the programme has proven to be a vital form of support for new businesses in London: In the last 12 months alone, the ‘Ready’ and ‘Steady’ phases of the programme have received more than 1,700 applications. Virgin StartUp has funded...
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Wujud 10,540 peluang kerja

Wujud 10,540 peluang kerja

PROGRAM Tunas Usahawan Belia Bumiputera (TUBE) kelolaan SME Corp Malaysia (SME Corp) menjadi platform utama dalam melahirkan usahawan belia di negara ini apabila melatih 5,346 belia menceburi bidang perniagaan sejak 2014. Seramai 4,952 usahawan belia juga sudah mendaftarkan perniagaan dengan nilai jualan terkumpul hingga Ogos 2020 bernilai RM127.1 juta. Selain itu, program itu berjaya mewujudkan 10,540 peluang pekerjaan. Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar berkata, buat julung kalinya tahun ini, program TUBE dilaksanakan secara dalam talian dan menyasarkan 1,000 belia Bumiputera termasuk golongan orang kurang upaya (OKU). Katanya, sejak diperkenalkan pada 2014, Program TUBE dikenal pasti sebagai salah satu program keusahawanan bagi membantu melahirkan lebih ramai usahawan dalam kalangan belia. "Tahun lalu, hanya 579 belia dilatih berbanding 1,000 belia pada 2020. "Malah, ada peningkatan peserta TUBE bagi negeri Sarawak yang dilatih tahun ini. "Untuk negeri Sarawak, hingga kini, sebanyak 474 usahawan belia dilatih dan perniagaan yang dijalankan berjaya mewujudkan 924 peluang pekerjaan serta RM8.7 juta nilai jualan terkumpul," katanya dalam satu...
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SME Corp, Serba Dinamik meterai MoU perkasa PKS

SME Corp, Serba Dinamik meterai MoU perkasa PKS

KUCHING: SME Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp) dan Serba Dinamik Group Bhd memeterai memorandum persefahaman (MoU) bagi memperkasakan pembangunan dan pelaksanaan program Hab Inovasi dan Garaj Bandar untuk perusahaan kecil dan sederhana (PKS) di Malaysia.  Majlis pertukaran MoU berlangsung di Kota Samarahan di sini hari ini antara Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif SME Corp Rizal Nainy dan Pengerusi Serba Dinamik Datuk Abdul Kadier Sahib.  Mengulas mengenai MoU tersebut, Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar berkata ia adalah sebahagian daripada usaha kerajaan untuk membangunkan keusahawanan dalam kalangan belia, graduan institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) dan mereka yang tidak bekerja.  “Apa yang unik di sini adalah Serba Dinamik bukan agensi kerajaan tetapi syarikat swasta.  “Mereka menjalankan tanggungjawab sosial korporat (CSR) untuk membantu kerajaan dan kementerian menerusi SME Corp dalam menyediakan latihan keusahawanan.  “Ini adalah satu usaha bersama antara kerajaan dan sektor swasta,” katanya pada sidang media selepas majlis pertukaran MoU di Kota Samarahan, hari ini.  Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Wan Junaidi berkata graduan IPT dan belia tidak bekerja...
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Catalyst for entrepreneurs

Catalyst for entrepreneurs

D-VIRTUAL PARK KOTA SAMARAHAN: The RM13-million invested in Serba Dinamik’s D-Virtual Park at Jalan Meranek here would be a catalyst for many entrepreneurs, said Serba Dinamik Group Berhad chairman Datuk Abdul Kadier Sahib. The virtual reality theme park, according to him, was built by Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad with virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and the first hologram technology in Borneo equipped with a creative studio. “The theme park came into existence following a series of events involving the Sophia robot that was brought to Kuching and Kuala Lumpur in July 2019 to expose locals to the digital economy and the Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0. “The response to the initiatives in innovation and technology highlighted by the Sophia robot at that time in Kuching was very remarkable among people from all walks of life,” he said. Abdul Kadier said this in his speech at the closing of Sarawak and Sabah Tube 7.0 Programme and Exchange of memorandum of understanding (MOU) documents between SME Corp...
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MDEC to partner with more tech players in creating Digital Tech Faculty experts

MDEC to partner with more tech players in creating Digital Tech Faculty experts

KUALA LUMPUR (July 29): The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM), via its agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC), will be working closely with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) to partner with more tech companies such as Acestar, AWS, Cisco Academy, Microsoft, Oracle, Quandatics, and SAS Institute to create digitally-skilled faculty experts and graduates. In a statement, MDEC said as part of its commitment to ensuring industry-relevant curriculum delivery at all MDEC’s Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTIs) and Data Partner Universities, MDEC will be working closely with more technology partners to expand its Digital Tech Faculty Expert (DTeX) programme.  It said the partnership will allow the tech partners to contribute to growth of industry-ready skills required in the workforce that is critical to meet the industry’s current and future demand.Advertisement MDEC said the DTeX initiative was started in 2019 and to date it had garnered the support of eight technology companies which had collectively trained 370 lecturers. It said for this year, DTeX 2020 is...
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MDEC, Huawei to spearhead Malaysia as Asean digital hub

MDEC, Huawei to spearhead Malaysia as Asean digital hub

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) and Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to spearhead the initiative to drive Malaysia’s position as the heart of digital Asean. This collaboration will kick start with a white paper development conducted by both parties on identifying and developing key elements to realise the aspiration of Malaysia being the regional digital hub. “From our partnership with Huawei, we aim to gain insights and knowledge in addressing the pain points and challenges faced by the digital ecosystem in the country. “We aim to be prepared with solutions to enable and facilitate the capacity building to realise the full potential of Malaysia’s digital economy through digital adoption and digital talent development, ” MDEC chief executive officer Surina Shukri (pic) said in a statement yesterday. The objective of this MoU is to develop a robust digital economy, including information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, applied innovative technologies (5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data,...
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Sabah to churn out skilled manpower in aircraft maintenance at KKIP

Sabah to churn out skilled manpower in aircraft maintenance at KKIP

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is set to produce skilled manpower in the nation’s aviation industry as the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) Aerospace Training Centre collaborates with big companies on aircraft maintenance training and anchor vendor initiatives. The companies are MASwings Sdn Bhd, Layang-Layang Aerospace, Mega Aerospace Sdn Bhd and CAAC Malaysia Sdn Bhd for on-the-job training; as well as Bataras Sdn Bhd and the Department of Industrial Research and Development for anchor-vendor development programmes. Located within KKIP, about 30 minutes from the state capital, the training centre is expected to secure a significant share of revenue from the aerospace industry by developing skilled manpower, providing Sabah an opportunity to tap into the high value-added industry. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state must develop and utilise the skills of young Sabahans, particularly in aircraft maintenance, especially when the world is slowly reviving the tourism industry following the Covid-19 pandemic. “I’m made to understand that five years ago, the United Nations indicated...
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Sabah’s only innovation and creativity centre on track to shape resilient community

Sabah’s only innovation and creativity centre on track to shape resilient community

KOTA KINABALU: Having only begun operating for four months, the Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre has achieved several accomplishments in fostering an innovative and resilient community despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Highlights include the concept of Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) in tourism, pushing for innovation among locals, and establishing a partnership with the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). The centre's general manager Viviantie Sarjuni said the AR/VR Tourism idea was picked to be among the top 10 in the Startup Weekend online organised by Techstar - an American seed accelerator founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. "The idea came from one of the participants Zikri Zainudin, who is a Sabahan. The idea is to make changes to a person's perception of their physical surroundings when viewed through a particular device. "This way we can sell the travelling experience to tourists without having to travel to particular places. It is very relevant especially during the pandemic," she said. Another three Sabahan...
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‘Bandung a great smart city model’

‘Bandung a great smart city model’

KUCHING: Bandung serves as the best model for Kuching in its transformation into becoming a smart city. The highland city of Indonesia, about a couple of hours’ drive away from Jakarta, was declared a smart city four years ago, said Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi. “Bandung is a city that covers an area of 167.57 square kilometres and has a population of 2.57 million. “It has managed to transform, from an old city into a modern one, and retained the local culture through creativity and digital innovation,” he said in a statement issued in conjunction with his visit to the Indonesian city, where he paid a courtesy call on the Governor of West Java, Mochamad Ridwan Kamil at the latter’s office in Gedong Sate,  yesterday. Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit was among the Sarawak government officials who accompanied Dr Abdul Rahman for the visit. They were received by West Java...
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Usaha jadikan Sarawak kuasa besar ekonomi digital tuntut kerjasama semua pihak

Usaha jadikan Sarawak kuasa besar ekonomi digital tuntut kerjasama semua pihak

KUCHING: Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (gambar) menggesa semua pihak dari pelbagai industri membantu kerajaan negeri dalam menjadi kuasa besar ekonomi digital.  Jelas Awang Tengah, pada Mei lepas Ketua Menteri Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg telah mengumumkan penubuhan Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Sarawak (SEAC) bagi memulihkan ekonomi negeri yang terjejas akibat pandemik COVID-19 menerusi ekonomi digital.  Justeru katanya, kerajaan negeri memerlukan kolaborasi semua sektor sama ada sektor swasta, institusi pengajian tinggi, dewan perniagaan, institusi kewangan dan pakar-pakar dari semua bidang.  “SEAC akan fokus kepada pembuatan dan pembangunan usahawan, pelombongan,perhutanan, pelancongan, pendidikan dan pembangunan modal insan, tenaga diperbaharui, pusat data dan perkhidmatan inovasi, infrastruktur serta pertanian komersial.  “Atas sebab itu kita memerlukan kolaborasi semua pihak yang relevan untuk melakar pelan pembangunan kita,” katanya pada rancangan bicara Agenda Awani pada malam Ahad.  Awang Tengah yang juga Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Terminal Perindustrian dan Pembangunan Usahawan menambah ramai rakyat negeri ini kini menyedari kepentingan ekonomi digital selepas melalui pandemik COVID-19.  Atas sebab itu katanya, ia...
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