A total of 45 students from eight secondary schools in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, took part in SPARK, a two-day entrepreneurship and coding programme held by the Malaysia Venture Capital Management Berhad (MAVCAP), in conjunction with GREAT (Gabungan Rakan Entrepreneur Aspirasi Terhebat) Sabah 2017.
It is a corporate social responsibility initiative sponsored by MAVCAP and designed and delivered by Startup School Asia.
SPARK aims to introduce students in government schools to entrepreneurship and venture building. Learning objectives for the programme range from ideation, validation, building, coding and pitching, including utilising development tools such as LiveCode to build applications to turn ideas into reality.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made an appearance at the workshop, encouraging the students to be as creative as possible.
Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah. was also present and spent time with the participants. He later presented prizes to the winning teams.
MAVCAP chief executive officer Jamaludin Bujang said: “The students proved to be hardworking and enthusiastic throughout the programme, coming up with relevant and innovative ideas.”
“We are glad to be able to provide this platform to inspire them with greater exposure to entrepreneurship and help them hone their skills for a possible career in the fast-growing field of programming and software application development,” he added.
One of the participants, Nursalwani Sabdani from SMK Sanzac, said she enjoyed attending the programme.
“It was great to meet and network with students from other schools, learn how to be an entrepreneur and best of all, try my hand at my favourite part of the workshop – the pitching process,” she said.
Among the innovative applications developed during the programme were Pasar.com, which helps busy users order fresh goods online from the market; Search and Go, a personal tracker in the form of a sticker to track small items within a one km radius and DIY Fashion, which helps users to design clothes according to their personal style.
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