Providing a platform for young Malaysians to hone their skills in order to pursue brighter prospects, StartupMalaysia, sponsored by Malaysia Venture Capital Management Berhad (MAVCAP) recently hosted SPARK X, a free virtual upskilling programme for youths aged 18 - 25.
Taking place over the course of three full days from 6 MAY - 8 MAY 2020, the programme was aimed at equipping participants with skills in three key areas, namely:
- Basics of Design Thinking
- Basics of Building a Website
- Basics of Communication and Digital Marketing with Social Media.
The programme is part of MAVCAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts, as a means to provide young people with the necessary skill sets to navigate an uncertain future brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPARK and SPARK-X are MAVCAP CSR initiatives that have been ongoing since 2016.
With the primary objective of cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset amongst young Malaysians, the programmes have had the following reach and impact:
- SPARK targets secondary school students aged between 15 - 17 years old. The programme has reached out to 416 secondary students from 91 different schools from Kuala Lumpur, N.Sembilan, Sabah, Malacca, Pahang, Perak, Johor and Penang.
- Based on the success of SPARK, SPARK-X was held as a pilot programme in Kuala Lumpur in 2019 targeting Malaysian youths aged between 18 - 25 years old.
Both these programmes have been designed, developed and executed in collaboration with StartupMalaysia.
MAVCAP had planned to roll out additional programmes in 2020, however, this is not possible at this juncture in light of COVID-19 and the MCO enforced to contain the pandemic.
Nevertheless, recognizing the many challenges faced by young Malaysians, MAVCAP took the initiative to pilot a virtual SPARK-X, moving away from a traditional classroom setting for the first time.
The virtual pilot SPARK-X was held via Zoom and was well-received by the participants, with a strong attendance rate on all three days.
In total, there were 30 participants from diverse backgrounds and regions, with varying experience. Working in teams of three, they presented their ideas and completed websites to a panel of judges, which was all done virtually.
As a result of the wide interest and success of the pilot programme, additional sessions are slated to be conducted soon.
SPARK-X is free for all participants and open to all Malaysian citizens aged between 18 - 25 years old, regardless of employment status.
SPM leavers and Institute of Higher Learning students are also welcome to take part.
As there are limited seats available for each session, those interested should visit https://bit.ly/3ahmR31 to register.
For further information, please contact Rina at [email protected] or 012-393 4982.