AFFECTING CHANGE ON GLOBAL SCALE
GITM targets high-impact results through innovation
THE Impact4Humanity (I4H) programme, launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Saturday, aims to spearhead the development of new ideas and innovation to effect positive change on a global scale.
It will bridge gaps by connecting various ecosystem players and corporate partners to support and facilitate positive societal transformation.
The programme, initiated by Girls in Tech Malaysia (GITM), also hopes to develop real-world solutions using technological and social innovation and ensure best mechanisms to bring to market.
National Entrepreneurship Development Office (NEDO) head Zahrain Mohd Noor said I4H was a signature programme under Startup & SME Promotion Year 2017, which was launched in March by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.
“It will emphasise achieving high-impact results through creative and innovative thinking. Through programmes like I4H, the nation’s aspiration of becoming an entrepreneurial nation will be many steps closer to realisation,” he said.
The I4H programme is a collaboration with the Finance Ministry, National Strategy Unit, NEDO, and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre.
GITM hopes to work with government institutions, corporate organisations, non-profit organisations and communities to develop ideas that will change the lives of global citizens.
Several companies and parties have come on board as partners, including Axiata Group, Bank Simpanan Nasional, Digi, Microsoft Malaysia, UEM, Edgenta, United Nations Children’s Fund, BIT Group, Silverlake Axis, Malaysian Industrial Development Finance and Institut Darul Ridzuan.
The social innovations and ventures created through the programme will demonstrate progress towards measurable social impact, and will be backed by solid, sustainable business models.
“I4H is a global initiative that brings stakeholders together to embrace the idea of social innovation, which combines business with a positive mission,” said GITM managing director Nadira Mohd Yusoff. “Selected ideas will be developed into prototypes, receive early funding and then be showcased at the Global Entrepreneurship Community 2017.”
GITM is the local chapter of the global non-profit organisation founded in 2007 that is focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship.
Through programmes like I4H, the nation’s aspiration of becoming an entrepreneurial nation will be many steps closer to realisation.