A Successful Weekend by the Startup Team

“Definitely not the last for a first timer of Startup Weekend”

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SERI ISKANDAR – Startup Weekends is a 54- hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. For the first time, Startup Weekend Ipoh was held in Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Perak which took place on 14 to 16 July 2017 from 4pm to 10 pm respectively in CETaL (Multipurpose Hall), UTP. This event was organised by Algoreka and Universiti Teknologi Petronas, sponsored by Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre and LuxTag.

The main aim of this event is to gather like-minded individuals that have an interest and passion in business and entrepreneurship in a platform to learn, share and meet with successful individuals who can offer priceless opportunities in terms of reaching their goals and recognizing what exactly is required in turning their dreams into reality. This event was open to students and staffs of UTP with a participation fee of RM40 while outsiders who were interested in joining, the participation fee was RM60. Accommodation and food were provided, so the participants did not have to worry themselves. A total of fifty-two participants including the committee members from all around the world without age limit were involved in the event.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees brought their best ideas and inspired others to join their team. Over the course of the weekends, the teams focused on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening, the teams demonstrated their prototypes and received valuable feedback from a panel of experts. The weekend was centred on action, innovation, and education. The participants were mentored by famous, successful individuals such as Mr Ashraf Salleh, Senior Specialist, Culture and Organizational Development of Axiata Digital, Mr Yoon Wye Xiang, SHELL’s Community Leader and Team Leader, Mr Muhammad Shafiq, Founder of Creative Minds, who, was also one of the judges at the event and many more. The event ended successfully with an Award Celebration and Prize-giving for the best teams followed by cheers and big rounds of applause from everybody. Clearly, the participants managed to broaden their networks and meet new acquaintances besides creating their own teams and finding their co-founder. Other than that, they got to brainstorm and came up with new, amazing ideas. Additionally, they also experienced how to create their own Startup. They definitely enjoyed themselves to the fullest and learned wonderful things.

The event organizer of Startup Weekend Ipoh and Vice President of Algoreka, Mr Beto Lau, also a student of UTP, said that Startup is a golden opportunity for creative and ambitious individuals who are willing to take a chance in making their entrepreneurial dreams come true while creating a positive impact. He also said that there were a few imperfections throughout the event that he and his committee would like to make up for in the future, although, the event went smoothly as the strengths of the event overpowered it. When interviewed, one of the committee members, Miss Woon Xin Yi, also a student of UTP, said that she had the best time of her life being a part of Startup and she loved her Startup team so much. She even hoped that this educational event would be held annually and suggested that more students of UTP should participate in the event. One of the participants claimed that he would absolutely love to join Startup Weekend Event again in the future as he still has more things to learn and experience in entrepreneurship. He also said that his participation in the recent Startup Weekend Ipoh was worth it as he gained ton of benefits and knowledge plus the food served was extremely scrumptious.

You may contact them via their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SWUTP), emailing them at (ipoh.utp@startupweekend.org) or by calling Mr Beto Lau at +6016-5347947. You have a crazy idea and you have been aching to share it? Join Startup today to get it off the ground! Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute your ideas, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own Startup!

by D.R.

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