Founder Institute Penang Graduation Day(e/c)

Founder Institute Penang Graduation Day – Batch # 2 @CAT Wisma Yeap Chor Ee 9 September 2017

Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

INTRODUCTION

A very good morning to all of you.

I was pleased to witness the graduation of the 1st batch last year which successfully produced a total of 7 tech entrepreneurs, 2 of them whose projects were successfully funded by Cradle Fund.

Graduation is a time of celebration & triumph, a proud moment for all of our graduates, the local directors and 19 mentors who have played a significant role in the end result. I would like to congratulate all of you on a job well done and for persevering through one of the most challenging 14-weeks experience to successfully complete the 2nd Founder Institute Penang program.

A big thank you goes out to Founder Institute and @CAT Penang for continuing to spearhead this accelerator program in Penang. Thank you for bringing together the resources and tools to allow our aspiring local technopreneurs to move a step further in building their business into the next generation of technology.

FOUNDER INSTITUTE PROGRAM

Based in Silicon Valley, Founder Institute (FI) is one of the world’s largest entrepreneur training and idea stage accelerator program designed to assist aspiring tech entrepreneurs to build every aspect of their business and accelerate their growth.

This official 2nd batch program in Penang, held at @CAT, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee commenced on 2nd May, 2017 and ended a month ago, on 1st August, 2017. Today, a total of 9 graduates out of the 31 participants that were accepted at the initial stage will be graduating from this program. This goes to show how demanding and intensive the program’s curriculums are.

PREPARING FOR THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

To transform Penang into an international and intelligent city, we must embrace this new future of digital technology, particularly in the growing fields of Big Data Analytics (BDA), cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT). I believe that in order for Penang to win the future, we have to invest not only in education especially STEM of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics but also master disruptive technology, innovation and automation.

Since its inception, @CAT Penang has served as a launchpad for tech start-ups & entrepreneurs to gain access to our co-working space & shared facilities, tech community events and entrepreneurship development programs. As of today, more than 500 co-working space applications have been approved and approximately 150 tech community events & entrepreneurship development programs in total were held at @CAT Penang for the benefit of the startup & entrepreneurship community.

The Penang State Government announced the formation of Penang STEM Sdn Bhd. two months ago as the umbrella organization consisting of the RM 60 million spent by the state on science education such as @CAT Penang, Penang Skill Development Centre (PSDC), Penang Science Cluster (PSC), Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre (KSPLC), Tech Dome Penang (TDP), and Penang Digital Library (PDL).

This is a coherent and synergistic strategy to spearhead STEM, teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in line with our plan to establish Penang as the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Science and Technology. All our efforts in STEM learning and experience will greatly benefit tech-based activities in Penang and ensure a continuous flow of talent pool to support the Digital Economy and 4th Industrial Revolution.

CLOSING

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In closing, I would like to once again congratulate the graduates of Founder Institute Penang’s 2nd batch. To the local directors and mentors involved, keep up your excellent work in helping shape our aspiring future tech leaders and entrepreneurs
entrepreneurs.

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槟首长于2017年9月9日在槟城叶祖意大楼的@CAT新创加速器创业家学院第二届毕业礼上的演讲稿

前言

大家早上好。

我很荣幸能够在去年见证第一批的毕业生,结业时栽培了7位
新创者,其中两位的计划得到馬來西亞搖籃基金的资助。

毕业是庆祝及欢愉的时刻。每位毕业生,董事,及导师们都会感到无比光荣及骄傲。我在此恭贺各位成功熬过最具挑战性的14个星期, 完成创业家学院的第二届的课程。

我要感谢创业家学院和CAT新创加速器.继续充當先鋒,引导这项在槟城的加速计划。 感谢你们把资源及工具结合好让本地的
新创者能够在发展生意方面更上一层楼,投入下一代的科技·

创业家学院课程

创业家学院是源自硅谷,是世界其中一个最大的企业家培训及点子发想加速计划,帮助科技企业家全方位地建立他们的事业及加速他们的成长。

创业家学院第二届的课程于5月2日在叶祖意大楼的@CAT开课。 课程于上个月结束,即8月1日。在31参与者当中,一共有9位毕业生完成课程。 这显示课程纲要是何等的艰难及密集。

为第四波工业革命做好准备

槟城为了转型成为国际与智慧城市,就必须接受数码科技新未来,特别是正在成长的领域如大数据分析、云端电脑,人工智能,机器人学及及物联网。

我相信槟城要赢得未来,不只必须投资在教育,特别是科学、科技、工程与数学,也要掌握插断性技术,发明及机械。

自从创立以来,槟城新创加速器为新创者及创业者设立一个平台,共享工作空间及资源,科技社区活动及创业发展计划。 到今天为止,一共有500份共享空间的申请书获批准。大约有150项科技活动及创业发展活动在槟城新创加速器举行。

两个月前槟州政府耗资6千万令吉宣布成立槟城科学、科技、工程与数学有限公司(Penang STEM Sdn. Bhd),一个涵盖以下六个中心的综合组织:@CAT 槟城新创加速器,槟城技术发展中心(PSDC), 槟城科学圈(PSC, 卡巴星学习中心 (KSPLC, 槟城圆顶科学馆 (TDP) 及 槟城数码图书馆 (PDL)

这是前後一致及增效性的策略来引导槟城科学、科技、工程与数学有限公司,和我们计划把槟城成为科技卓越中心是一致的。我们学习科学、科技、工程与数学的经验将会对在槟城发展科技为主的活动有极大的帮助。这也会为槟城不断地吸引人才支援数字经济及第四波工业革命。

结语

各位女士及先生们,
让我再次恭贺第二届的创业家学院毕业生。请董事及导师们再接再励,协助我们培训未来的科技领袖及企业家。

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