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Business  13, Feb 2014

Malaysian startups to accelerate with 3-day programme powered by JFDI

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Launched by MDeC, the accelerator programme will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu next month; will draw on JFDI’s curriculum

Malaysian startups involved in information and communications technology (ICT) have an opportunity to grow and scale with a new startup accelerator programme launched by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

The three-day programme, known as MSC Malaysia Startup Accelerator Lite, will be delivered by local partners and facilitated by Singapore-based business accelerator, JFDI.Asia. It will take place next month in three locations within Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu. Techniques used in the programme will draw on what JFDI.Asia uses in its current curriculum.

Badlisham Ghazali, CEO, MDeC said, “The government’s commitment and our past efforts have resulted in a new wave of successful Malaysian startups that have shown that employing a regional mindset from day one can reap big rewards. Moving forward, MDeC is keen to up the maturity of the Malaysian startup scene further by working with partners such JFDI.Asia to globalise our startup community and continue to remove the barriers to entry and provide access to capital for early-stage ICT startups.”

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Hugh Mason, Co-founder and CEO, JFDI.Asia, added that it is important to build a community in Malaysia. He said, “This pilot project will succeed if we seed a conversation that continues long after us, about how local people can come together to build the businesses of tomorrow in Malaysia. So we hope that local business mentors, incubators and other players in the ecosystems we will be visiting will want to participate too.”

If you are interested, the programme is open for applications here.

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Elaine Huang

Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

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