In a bid to bolster local entrepreneurship, the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) has participated in BAHTERA, a programme under the Ministry of Finance’s National Strategic Unit (NSU) that focuses on enhancing innovation among bumiputera (native) entrepreneurs.
MaGIC’s participation in the two-day BAHTERA programme is in line with the government’s effort to address the information gap among bumiputera entrepreneurs, by taking their businesses to the next level by adopting innovative technologies and agile business models, the agency said in a statement.
Its participation is primarily based on raising awareness, bridging gaps among bumiputera technopreneurs, conducting dialogues to learn on the specific challenges and issues faced by the bumiputera entrepreneurs and encouraging entrepreneurship at a young age via the School Startup Program.
The inception of BAHTERA 2015 is in line with the government’s aspiration to support creative and innovative approaches in empowering Bumiputera economy based on the Eleventh Malaysia Plan.
Bumiputera entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to build network with over 12 participating government agencies and up to 50 entrepreneurs in the community.
“In line with the Government’s aspiration to enhance bumiputera wealth creation, innovation via entrepreneurship is an essential key component to achieve this. In light of this, MaGIC’s participation in BAHTERA is one of such initiatives to help enhance the capacity of Bumiputera entrepreneurs to be more competitive at domestic and global level,” MaGIC chief operating officer Norita Ja’afar said.
She added: “MaGIC serves all entrepreneurs from all walks of sectors but encourages technology adoption in order to maximise business opportunities and to ensure sustainability. This is one of the main reasons for MaGIC’s participation in events such as BAHTERA 2015 – to encourage entrepreneurship amongst the Malaysian youth, identify challenges and solutions for entrepreneurs and providing them exposure to talents, funders partners and boost their entrepreneurship knowledge.”
BAHTERA was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on August 19 and 20.