Sarawak is the third-largest contributor to Malaysian GDP after Selangor and Johor. It offers a fantastic landscape for the growth of entrepreneurs. Most of the industries in Sarawak are extractive in nature – namely agriculture, forestry and mining, followed by construction and manufacturing. There is no shortage of resources and opportunities.
As of writing, over 40,000 SMEs are operating in Sarawak, which makes up approximately 75% of the State's business sector, contributing 20% to Sarawak GDP. Additionally, there are over 65,000 dynamic and vibrant micro-businesses operating in the State. Sarawak can dramatically transform its economy by enhancing the capabilities of its entrepreneurs with improved mentorship and accessibility to world-class business practices and tools.
iCube Innovation (ICUBE) has recently finalised its latest JV Partnership with the Global Entrepreneur Xchange (GEX), upholding its mission to facilitate the creation and growth of Sarawak's entrepreneurs through collaboration and co-incubation.
GEX is an entrepreneurship platform led by Karthik Siva, a highly acclaimed international strategy consultant, branding expert and leadership mentor to CEOs. To date, GEX, as a platform "created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs," has already coached more than 5000 top-level CEOs entrepreneurs.
The two entities partnership aims to transform and empower entrepreneurs in Sarawak through a series of programs entitled “R.A.I.S.E.” - Raising Aspiring Innovative Sarawak Entrepreneurs in the coming months.
The string of events under R.A.I.S.E. will offer global best practices, expertise, mentorship with the latest digital products to enhance and inspire more business leaders, S.M.E.s, Start-Ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and students in Sarawak.
GEX will work with iCube as an exclusive partner in Sarawak, offering strategic solutions and services valuable for Sarawak's entrepreneur ecosystem.
- Monthly free R.A.I.S.E. Bootcamp to help entrepreneurs identify the major blindspots of their startup to minimise their odds of failing.
- R.A.I.S.E. Concalve with Uri Levine, co-Founder of Waze, where the co-founder himself will share how entrepreneurs can create and scale to become a global brand.
- A series of powerful R.A.I.S.E. masterclasses will provide practical, actionable knowledge, particularly the 10 pillars in an innovation ecosystem framework crucial for sustainability.GEX will work with iCube as an exclusive partner in Sarawak, offering strategic solutions and services valuable for Sarawak's entrepreneur ecosystem.
"We are delighted to collaborate with ICUBE to enable and empower Sarawakian Entrepreneurs to create major impact and wealth not only in Sarawak or Malaysia but in the ASEAN region. We believe that Sarawakians have a natural entrepreneurial spirit and DNA. With the right exposure and expertise, what they can achieve is limitless." - said Karthik Siva, Chairman of GEX.
Through a collaboration that brings world-class business leaders and game-changers into Sarawak, both parties are committed to enhance local entrepreneurs' learning experience and help take their businesses to the next level.
"I am very convinced that Sarawak can punch above its weight and create successful entrepreneurs with the right coaching, mentorship, tools and exposure to iconic global experts." shared Dato Patrick Liew, Founder of ICUBE Innovation.
For more information, visit RaiseSarawak.com.