iCube celebrates first year anniversary
One year ago, iCube Innovation was launched by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, with a vision to be the leading incubation centre for young entrepreneurs in Sarawak. And exactly one year later, iCube Innovation (iCube) has achieved well, and is still the largest, and most connected co-working space and innovation hub in Sarawak.
It was to celebrate this significant landmark, that iCube organised its one-year anniversary, at its premise in iCom Square, Jalan Pending.
Since its launch, iCube has become the first partner outside of Cyberjaya of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). The links have grown so strong between the two organisations that MaGIC’s Executive Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Mr Ehon Chan, flew in to celebrate the one year anniversary with the iCube team.
Chan said that iCube’s current success is largely thanks to the vision of its founder and chairman, Dato Patrick Liew.
According to Chan, “Dato Patrick’s vision and passion to establish the culture of entrepreneurship in his home town, is what drove the project from concept to reality.”
Apart from MaGIC, iCube has strong links with several other organisations including the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS), Sarawak Entrepreneur Association (SEA), Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS), OurYouth.my, Technology College Sarawak (TCS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), FAME International College, PEATIX and AIESEC Kuching.
Despite having established these successful collaborations, iCube is working on more collaborations as Liew is not one to rest on his laurels.
In his speech, he said that he wanted his team, the startups and small high growth enterprises who call the co-working space home, to focus on achieving greater success.
“We want you to succeed, we want you to solve problems. And more importantly, we want to create the next millionaire from iCube!” he said, to enthusiastic applause from the attendees.
Valerie Leong, Head of Department (Business) of Executive College and May Lee, Head of Student Enrichment of Technology College Sarawak, were both enthusiastic about the impact that iCube brings to the community. Both agreed that in just one year, iCube has enriched the entrepreneurial culture of Kuching, building and expanding the startup community and had a positive impact on students in general.
The one year Anniversary event also featured in attendance, Yeap Mei Yi – General Manager of PEATIX Asia and Mr Marcus Foon – Google Business Group (GBG) Global Community Manager, both of whom have closely worked with iCube.
Both were also in town for two Google Business Group (GBG) Kuching events held in iCube, as part of the ever popular Growth Hacking workshop series.
Mei Yi’s session focused on how to use the PEATIX platform to grow communities through events, while Marcus shared information about the tools Google offers to help entrepreneurs succeed.
GBG is a non-profit community of business professionals, run by volunteers, that aims to share knowledge for business success and is based in iCube.
According to Liew, iCube will continue to work hard in unearthing new entrepreneurs. To achieve this aim, the team at iCube organises Startup Weekend events throughout the year, having already held two successful editions in Kuching to date.
Startup Weekend is an event that helps participants in teams to focus on an idea and turn it into reality, with the aid of local entrepreneurs as mentors. The upcoming editions of Startup Weekend will be held in Miri (26-28 August 2016) and Sibu (21-23 October 2016). These will be the first ever Startup Weekends held in both cities.
For more details about Startup Weekend Miri and Sibu, please visit www.icubeinnovation.com.my or contact them at [email protected] or 082-266868.