Photo - An Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Programme flyer
Autodesk's newly-expanded Entrepreneur Impact Program aims to boost the next generation of Malaysian entrepreneurs and startups innovating for positive environmental and social impact, said the 3D design, engineering and entertainment
"The world is facing epic challenges with climate change being a top global priority, and we're seeing a shift that was unthinkable only years ago," said Jake Layes, director, Global Cleantech and Entrepreneur Impact, Autodesk. "Today, a generation of empowered entrepreneurs can come together and develop innovations that put us on track to a carbon-free economy."
The Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program, which was launched at the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 - held recently during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties 21 (COP21), is a rebranding of the former Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program, which was launched in 2009 and available in selected countries to start-ups designing and creating cleantech solutions, said Layes.
He said the program helps startups in Malaysia and around the world that are tackling environmental or social challenges by giving apply for free access to Autodesk software so they can get to market faster.
Eligible entrepreneur organisations must be less than five years old and have less than US$1 million (about RM4 million) in revenue. Those who qualify will get access to up to three software offerings: Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate.
"We see a potential explosion of entrepreneurship across countries worldwide where start-ups creating innovations that have scalable, positive environmental and social impact, and we want to help them on their journey as they help shape the Future of Making Things and undertake actions against climate change," said Layes, adding that Cleantech solutions have "tremendous power to shape the new urban landscape in a sustainable way that positively affects climate change."
"Cleantech has matured and access has become easier. Tesla, for example, was one of our first Cleantech Partner Program grantees in the US, and it's since become a household name and pioneer in the electric vehicle industry," he said.
For more information on the Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program, visit Autodesk's website [navigate to /entrepreneurimpact.]
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