Tegas on track to support vision of a digital economy, says Len Talif

Len Talif (back row, center) alongside Tan (back row, left) and Liew (back row, right) pose for a group photo with the Shell LiveWIRE winners.

KUCHING (March 15): Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas) is on track in supporting the Sarawak government in realizing the state’s vision of a digital economy, the deputy minister of government said. Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh.

He said this was done through the various programs that have been carried out since 2017 as well as through initiatives that have been taken to identify gaps in the innovation entrepreneurship ecosystem.

“Tegas aspires to foster strategic partnership and ecosystem synergy for the benefit of the people of Sarawak, and this is also reflected in our strategic and intelligent partnership with Shell under the Shell LiveWIRE program.

“Shell LiveWIRE aligns with Tegas’ mission to support and empower startups and early-stage social enterprises to achieve sustainable growth and improve the innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem in Sarawak,” he said. at the 2021 Shell LiveWIRE Sarawak Awards Ceremony at the Tegas Digital Village yesterday. .

Len Talif, who is also chairman of Tegas, said that Tegas has been supporting Shell LiveWIRE entrepreneurs by providing additional start-up grants worth a total of RM115,000 since 2017 as well as access to its state-of-the-art digital facilities. Village and Hubs. in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri.

“LiveWIRE entrepreneurs also benefit from the advertising and networking opportunities provided by Tegas. This is an absolute alignment with our Prime Minister of Sarawak’s vision for the digital economy.

“This is also part of the reason for creating the Tegas Digital Village, which will facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology, as well as the empowerment of high-growth startups globally,” he said. said, adding that the Tegas Digital Village is also related to different digital technologies. innovation hubs in Sarawak, including Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.

He called on new and aspiring entrepreneurs to learn more about the opportunities offered by Tegas programs and encouraged Sarawakians to continue participating in the Shell LiveWIRE program as well.

“I am pleased to see that the Shell LiveWIRE program is helping local entrepreneurs access knowledge, skills, networks and resources, while turning their business ideas into successful businesses.

“Furthermore, as we can see in this program, entrepreneurship contributes greatly to promoting gender equality by developing women entrepreneurs and creating jobs for women,” he said.

He also commended Shell for introducing the Entrepreneurship Development Program to the people of Sarawak since 2017, which is aligned with the Sarawak government’s aspiration to promote entrepreneurship and enhance startups.

“Through business coaching, grants and access to coworking spaces, entrepreneurs supported by the LiveWIRE program have won numerous awards and accolades.

“We are proud to know that a few people in Sarawak, thanks to Shell LiveWIRE, have been globally recognized and have been able to compete in global markets,” he said.

During the ceremony, Len Talif presented Sarawak’s top five Shell LiveWIRE winners with their prize which includes a start-up fund of RM10,000 from Shell, RM5,000 from Tegas and a year of business coaching to guide them to success. .

The winners are Aaron Tan Chun Kwang of UAS Mapping; Nisha Halinda Hasbi of Bintulu Coffeescape; Anne Isabelle Chi of Ruti & Kupi; Tom Low Sing Ho or Bless Borneo Camper; and Muhammad Afiq Hariz Khatem of Komubox.

Also present at the event were the President and Senior Vice President of Shell Malaysia (Upstream Malaysia), Ivan Tan, and the Founder and President of iCube Innovation, Dato Patrick Liew.

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