Johor is aiming to produce around 15 to 20 youth digital entrepreneurs by 2018 and the recently launched Digital Entrepreneur Programme 2017 in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is believed to assist the achievement of that target.
The digital economy is expected to contribute to more than 20% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by year 2020. Aiming to provide exposure and platform for the youths to engage in the digital industry, the state government with Economic Development Centre of Johor (EDC) and Media and Game Innovation Centre of Excellence (MaGICX) collaborated to launch the programme for the first time this year.
Menteri Besar Johor, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin at the launch said that the programme will be a platform for more entrepreneurs to expand their businesses digitally.
“Digital entrepreneurship need skills, exposure and business strategy, which is totally different from the conventional entrepreneurship, as it evolved on the independent digital platform and is based on innovation,” said Khaled.
The nine months programme will be conducted in three phases, the awareness phase, training phase and incubator phase.
The first phase will try to reach especially those in higher learning institutions and government agencies. The second phase will focus on developing and training selected entrepreneurs, while the third phase includes relocating the participants to the MaGICX incubator for six months for a more intensive preparation before pitching their ideas to the potential investors.
For more information on the Digital Entrepreneur Programme 2017 and its locations, go to http://magicx.my/usahawandigital