Kuala Lumpur – Local startup investment company NEXEA Angels Sdn Bhd and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) earlier todayannounced the renewal of their partnership agreement for the Entrepreneurs Programme (EP), a platform for entrepreneurs to form journey-enriching connections with peers and like-minded individuals to gain fresh perspectives and learn from one another through the sharing of ideas, advice, best practices and experiences, in anotherwise lonely entrepreneurial journey.
As part of the partnership deal, MDEC will provide programme sponsorship for 32 participants and will funnel potential high-growth startup founders from their startupdatabase into the programme. MDEC and NEXEA first entered into an agreement to pilot the Entrepreneurs Programme early of this year and have found it to be a provensuccess amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Ben Lim, Managing Director of NEXEA shared, “COVID-19 severely impacted startups as it undercut the mobility of businesses. Startup founders now more than ever require assistance in order to power through these trying economic period. The Entrepreneurs Programme provides a facilitated peer network to guide founders in navigating these stressful times. Our pilot EPproved to be a success with our in-programme participants recording positive QOQ numbers for revenue growth as well as headcount, indicating the positive impact EP has on the overall wellbeing of these startups.”
“We are thrilled to have MDEC onboard with us again to nurture our local entrepreneurs for growth and ultimately spur the Malaysian entrepreneurial ecosystem. Entrepreneurs from all industries and verticals who have business traction are welcome to participate in our programme,” he added.
EP operates on a peer-to-peer mentoring methodology to create sustainable businesses by priming growth-stage technology-driven startups for their next startup stage through interactive action learning, active discussions and networking with co-founders from different industries to form a support system.
“NEXEA has been a close strategic partner of MDEC this year. Through our partnership, we have assisted with the development and growth of over 20 startups. During these tough times, MDEC believes that it is even more crucial for us to extend our support to as many startups as possible and provide them with the much-needed investment, mentorship, and training opportunities. With such impressive outcomes from the first batch this year, we look forward to even stronger impact through this renewed partnership,” said Gopi Ganesalingam, VP of MDEC’s Digitally-Powered Business Division.
The programme’s evergreen syllabus allows for it to run interminably and aims to guide participants all the way to an IPO stage. EP participants convene in groups of 15 oncea month for a full-day meeting to collaboratively work through business issues faced by these business leaders, discuss own challenges for practical solutions from thegroup and reflect on valuable feedback.
EP currently has over 40 startup founders and CEOs participating. As of October 2020, 23 participating startups recorded a combined startup valuation of RM243,000,000and bagged a combined total of RM30,530,000 in startup funding. The 23 startups have a combined employee count of more than 300 and are projecting RM62,706,343 incombined revenue for Q3 with a 26.29% overall increase in revenue.
Existing participants include Poladrone, KwikCar, LaPasar, Printcious, SoftSolvers Solutions, Lokein, Mobi, Zcova, Running Man among others.
For further information on the Entrepreneurs Programme and to participate, visit entrepreneursprogramme.com