AF­FECT­ING CHANGE ON GLOBAL SCALE

GITM tar­gets high-im­pact re­sults through in­no­va­tion

New Straits Times - - Business - ZAHRAIN MOHD NOOR

KOTA KIN­A­BALU

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.

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