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Digi Incub8 to support startup ecosystem in East Malaysia

Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd today kicks off Digi Incub8, the company’s first incubator programme; part of its commitment to develop and support Malaysia’s startup ecosystem.

 [L-R] Eugene Teh, Digi's Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Albern Murty, Digi's Chief Executive Officer, Jason Chia, Principal at 1337 Ventures and Founder of Silvertree Ltd, Sigve Brekke, Telenor Group's President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Dhesi Baha Jaya, Founder of Malaysian Medical Gazette, Gwendolyn Regina Tan, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Asia Pacific at Mashable, Praveen Rajan, Digi's new Chief Digital Officer, Bikesh L., Founding Partner of 1337 Ventures

[L-R] Eugene Teh, Digi’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Albern Murty, Digi’s Chief Executive Officer, Jason Chia, Principal at 1337 Ventures and Founder of Silvertree Ltd, Sigve Brekke, Telenor Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Dhesi Baha Jaya, Founder of Malaysian Medical Gazette, Gwendolyn Regina Tan, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Asia Pacific at Mashable, Praveen Rajan, Digi’s new Chief Digital Officer, Bikesh L., Founding Partner of 1337 Ventures

The Telcos said that Digi Incub8 focuses on nurturing ideas and young startup businesses in the East Malaysian region, providing an easily accessible platform for budding entrepreneurs to start up.

Digi Incub8 is made available to tech entrepreneurial talent in East Malaysia in two phases. The first is an idea incubator where individuals undergo a three-day workshop to learn the basics of ideating and creating business-worthy ideas. The workshop is designed for individuals interested in starting a business but yet to formulate a business idea, or entrepreneur wannabes who want to verify that their idea has what it takes to fly.

The second phase is a startup incubator where entrepreneur teams will undergo a six-day bootcamp to validate their ideas, learn product development, business basics and go-to-market strategies. The bootcamp culminates in a demo day where up to three winning teams are awarded up to RM25,000 funding to start up their businesses. The bootcamp is intended for idea stage startups or new entrepreneurs looking to start a business but unsure how to take it forward.

It will be hosted in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and opens for registration today on the Digi website.

Praveen Rajan, Digi’s newly appointed Chief Digital Officer said, “There is a vast untapped entrepreneurial potential in Sabah and Sarawak. With the local startup scene very much converged in the peninsular, Digi Incub8 seeks to provide equal opportunities for East Malaysians to venture into the startup fray. Every entrepreneur needs a little help at startup, and incubators like ours will help nurture early-stage startups until they are big enough to leave the nest and make it on their own. It also means we are able to build a richer, more inclusive startup ecosystem in Malaysia with ideas and talent emerging from all across the country.”

“Startups have been the impetus for disruption in every industry imaginable including the telco sphere. They are a big influence on Malaysia’s digital makeover and how our customers will use the internet in the future. As we become more of a digital company, it is apt that we continue working with startups to drive the digital evolution, creating products and solutions that will complement or revamp our customers’ digital lifestyles,” said Praveen.

Digi Incub8 is a partnership with 1337 Ventures and its Alpha Startups programme, a household name within the community for scaling companies from ideas into successful business ventures.

Digi Incub8 is the latest addition to Digi’s portfolio of startup engagement initiatives, alongside Digi Accelerate and Digi Challenge for Change. Digi said that these programmes are designed to complement and support the development of Malaysia’s robust startup ecosystem, and enable more Malaysians to participate in the digital economy and shape the next digital innovations for the country.

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