Mini 1AES To Kickstarts Today

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KUALA LUMPUR – Treasury Secretary General Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah is expected to open the three-day 1ASEAN Entrepreneurship Mini Summit (Mini 1AES) Thursday.

The Mini 1AES themed “Futurising ASEAN Entrepreneurs” at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is in conjunction with the 19th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings (AFMM).

Leaders from a broad range of industries will share their experiences and business expertise at the Mini 1AES to assist young prospective entrepreneurs in starting up businesses or improving their operations.

The companies taking part in the Mini 1AES include Startup Malaysia, Cradle Sdn Bhd and Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia, alongside higher learning institutions Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Universiti Malaya.

The highlights of the mini summit include sessions titled ‘The Challenges of Scaling Your Startup in Asia’, ‘Sparkling the Entrepreneurial Spirit’, ‘Inspirational Startup Story’ and ‘Special Session with ASEAN Finance Ministers’.

Finance Ministry Director of National Strategy Unit Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamalai said the Mini 1AES would be a great platform for young entrepreneurs to explore potential business innovations, thus contributing to the positive growth of ASEAN.

“We have the talents, but what we need to do is to provide young entrepreneurs with a supportive environment so that they can work on ideas among themselves, as well as get funding from the government and private sectors.

“We need entrepreneurs to work on new growth areas. Their contributions in creating jobs and wealth will go back to the economy, while generating ideas to solve problems,” he said on Tuesday.

He said the Mini 1AES, which is expected to attract some 3,000 participants from all 10 ASEAN countries, is expected to generate several potential business collaborations and memoranda of understanding.

The Mini 1AES is a prelude to the 1AES, scheduled for Nov 20-22, 2015 and held in conjunction with Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year.