Thursday, August 22

Endeavor Malaysia aims to support local companies to expand globally


Photo show some of Endeavor Malaysia’s founding board members including (from left) are Mark, TS, Afzal, Brahmal, and Nazir.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes

Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin

KUCHING: Endeavor Malaysia, the local affiliate of the global nonprofit organisation Endeavor, is actively searching for Malaysian entrepreneurs across all industries with the potential to scale up their businesses globally.

Envisioned by the founding board as a pure private sector initiative to build the next generation of global Malaysian champions, Endeavor Malaysia launched in November 2013 with seven board members: chairman Afzal Abdul Rahim (Time dotCom Bhd), Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak (CIMB Group Holdings Bhd), Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (AirAsia Bhd), Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin (SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd), Mark Chang (Jobstreet Corporation Bhd), Brahmal Vasudevan (Creador) and TS Wong (MyEG Services Bhd).

As in all 20 countries it is present today, Endeavor is funded by its individual board members and partner organisations. JP Morgan is a supporting partner organisation for Endeavor Malaysia.

Endeavor Malaysia welcomes entrepreneurs leading unique, scalable businesses to join our network through a rigorous local and international selection process.

If successful, Endeavor helps these entrepreneurs to navigate their growth challenges by connecting them to over 3,000 global business leaders for targeted mentorship, access to a global investor network and partnerships for top talent.

“As an entrepreneur, I know how important mentorship can be. Endeavor can provide valuable support to Malaysia’s next generation of high-impact entrepreneurs,” said Afzal.

According to Endeavor Malaysia’s managing director, Zaman Ahmad, in the past seven months, Endeavor Malaysia has been actively searching the market for high-impact entrepreneurs for selection into its programme of mentorship with top corporate gurus.

“GridMarkets’ chief executive officer (CEO) Hakim Karim has successfully become the first Endeavor Malaysia Entrepreneur after passing a rigorous assessment by an international panel at Endeavor’s 52nd International Selection Panel in Jakarta, Indonesia.”

“Now that Hakim is an Endeavor Entrepreneur, he will be exposed to structured one-on-one mentorship by local, regional and international mentors, who not only share valuable business learnings and experience but also provide exposure and links to financing, business development and access to new markets,” Zaman added.

At the upcoming 54th International Selection Panel in New York, Malaysia will be represented by Juris Technologies Sdn Bhd.

The company and its founders will be evaluated together with a diverse field of candidates from 19 other Endeavor affiliate offices around the world.