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Sparking techpreneurship in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | June 25, 2012
Microsoft and GSC hope that 20,000 in Kuala Lumpur will see Microsoft's award-winning documentary, called Ctrl+Alt+Complete, which features new startup companies.

GSC, Microsoft L- Irving Chee and Peter Tam

PHOTO - (from left) Irving Chee, general manager, Golden Screen Cinemas; and Peter Tam, director of local software innovations, Microsoft Malaysia.

Technology solutions giant Microsoft has partnered with Golden Screen Cinema (GSC) in Kuala Lumpur. Microsoft's techpreneurship documentary - Ctrl+Alt+Complete - will be seen by 20,000 and help to kickstart conversations around local technpreneurship.

Speaking during the first screening of the feature-length documentary on 14 June 2012 at GSC Gardens, Microsoft Malaysia director of local software innovations, Malaysia software economy, Peter Tam, said four screenings have been planned with GSC and there are plans to show the documentary on national TV and Web channels.

"The documentary will be screened for the public on three consecutive Saturdays beginning 23 June," said Tam. "All three screenings will be held at 10 am at Hall 4, GSC Mid Valley."

The film follows the trials of five technology startups including Microsoft's role in helping these startups turn their dreams into reality.

"Through this documentary, we hope to inspire 20,000 individuals in Malaysia to raise their interest in technology entrepreneurship," he said. "This is because we believe technology entrepreneurship is fundamentally changing the world."

"We decided to engage the startup community in an unconventional way so that we can jumpstart the conversation about Microsoft as a citizen of the broader technology community and the programmes and platforms we have that can help support start-ups in their journey," said Tam.

GSC general manager Irving Chee said Ctrl+Alt+Compete was a revealing exploration of the passion, strength and creativity demanded by players in the startup scene.

"We at GSC believe there is a 'story behind the story' of just how hard it is for start-ups to nurture their business ideas and go from inception to reality," said Chee. "These are the kind of stories that we believe are important lessons for all of us. It is the story of the power of people pouring their passion, drive and dedication into building something that changes the world - no matter how hard."

In addition to the public screening at GSC, Microsoft has worked with 10 other supporting organisations to host private screenings for their respective communities beginning in the month of July. These partners include: BQE (Building Quality Entrepreneurs);; MAD Inc.; MOBIG (Mobile Industry Group); MSC Malaysia; Plug and Play; SIFE Malaysia; Startup Malaysia; Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM), and Youth Jam.

For more information, as well as to register for complimentary passes to view the GSC screenings, please visit

Malaysian techpreneurs

"Microsoft believes that as technology is one of the key levers in transforming the business and social life of a nation, it is important to jumpstart conversations about techpreneurship with Malaysians," said Microsoft's Tam.

"In Malaysia, Microsoft offers the BizSpark Programme that local start-ups leverage to help develop their own applications and other solutions," he said. "To date, there are approximately 400 BizSpark members and that number is continuously growing. Many of these local startups have enjoyed success due in part to the BizSpark Programme and today some of them are realising their big dreams of making a difference in the world."

Tam said that for 2012, Microsoft Malaysia would invest an additional RM1 million [US$317,857] in incremental investments into the BizSpark Programme. "This investment will include support for technical enablement programmes, sponsoring promising startups to overseas pitching and development opportunities, as well as a provision of up to RM180,000 [US$57,034] worth of Windows Azure usage for each promising startup that is identified under a special BizSpark Plus Programme."

"Entrepreneurs especially those in the technology industry need all the help they can get to commercialise their ideas, and through the BizSpark Programme Microsoft Malaysia has assisted countless local startups," said Ministry of Higher Education deputy minister, Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, who is also patron of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Malaysia.

"Such efforts by Microsoft Malaysia to help nurture and develop the startup community deserves accolades and the BizSpark Program should serve as an example for other industry players to emulate," said Saifuddin.


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