CYBERJAYA, April 26 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tonight witnessed the signing of memorandum of understandings between the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Stanford University and UP Global to foster and develop a vibrant entrepreneur eco-system in Malaysia. Strongly backing the MaGIC concept, Najib said he believed in young people for their passion, energy and creativity. “Hence opportunities and the ecosystem have got to be created for them to succeed. “This is the just the beginning of a success story. We want to churn out young entrepreneurs who can command the world stage in the future,” he said in his speech. MaGIC, the one-stop centre which will provide all necessary facilities for entrepreneurs, aimed to transform Malaysia into a dynamic entrepreneurial nation by enabling domestic and international entrepreneurs to successfully start and grow their businesses.

Two of Stanford University’s world-class schools, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford School of Engineering, will collaborate with MaGIC. Meanwhile, the partnership with UP Global is designed not only to increase the level of entrepreneurial activity and new company creation in Malaysia but also to develop Malaysia as a global startup hub and a center of activity for South East Asia. Other collaborations that would complement MaGIC’s efforts would be between the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. The collaboration would serve as a launching pad for the Bio-Entrepreneurship Programme which aimed to create an environment to enhance the commercialisation of bio-based products and services by local biotechnology researchers and entrepreneurs.

In addition, Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd (MAVCAP) also marked the kick-off of its third outsourced partner programme (OSPR) with its first OSP3 partner, Elixir Capital Management, a Silicon Valley-based fund manager to launch the ECM Strait Fund. The Strait Fund would target growth equity investment opportunities in order to help scale up small to medium enterprises in the Asean region. MAVCAP also signed a limited partnership agreement with a commitment of US$5 million from MAVCAP with 500 Durian LP, a local fund which aimed to invest in startups in the Southeast Asian region. Durian LP would be managed by a California-based seed accelerator, 500 Startups. These collaborations would further build entrepreneurship development programmes and accelerate the growth of an entrepreneurial nation while complementing MaGIC’s initiatives After the signing ceremony, Najib toured the MaGIC centre, located in Cyberjaya, a city poised to become the global technology hub. US President Barack Obama is expected to launch MaGIC on Sunday in conjunction with his three-day visit to Malaysia beginning tomorrow.

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