Last month, I was involved as one of the judges in a business pitching competition at KDU University College.
It was an internal business competition but many of the teams needed more polishing in terms of ideas and feasibility. Richard (far left in photo above) who was my fellow judge (and a highly experienced tax director with ShineWing TYTEOH) and I tried not to be too critical of the students’ business ideas but some really went too far off the mark.
And next month, from 7 to 9 September, I’ll again be participating in a community event but this time, it’s all about tech!
I am one of the mentors/coaches at the Women’s Edition of StartUp Weekend George Town.
When I was approached to be part of this 54-hour event, I was intrigued.
After all, it is a women’s edition! (A big yay for that!)
The focus is to create a space within 54 hours for women who are designers, developers, marketers and more to come together, spark ideas, transform ideas into viable businesses and eventually, launch their startups.
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon, having reached 135 countries and involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs.
According to Wikipedia, Startup Weekend is one of the Techstars Startup Programmes.
The programme was founded in July 2007 in Boulder, Colorado by Andrew Hyde where he brought together 70 entrepreneurs to create a startup in 54 hours. This model quickly went around the world. In 2010, Marc Nager and Clint Nelsen took over full ownership and registered the organization as a not-for-profit.
At the George Town edition, you can expect lots of brainstorming, business plan developments, basic prototype creation and the entire 3 days culminate on Sunday night with demos and presentations.
While the focus is on women, men are also encouraged to attend.
I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday (7 and 8 September) so if you are attending this event, come and say hello.
I’m quite excited to see what kinds of ideas the women teams come up with.
The other thing which I like a lot about mentoring/helping is that I also get to know my fellow mentors and coaches. We become fast friends and there’s nothing like shared experience that binds a friendship especially one where we know we’re volunteering to help make our women community stronger in every sense.
So if you are as interested as I am in entrepreneurship and bringing business ideas to life, join me at PAPER + TOAST, Wisma Giap Chew, 28 Lebuh Gereja, George Town.
Get your tickets from EventBrite or check out the rest of the mentors/coaches and judges and the 3-day schedule.