'Growth-hacking' at Malaysian university's new lab embraces 12 business sectors

Malaysian government agencies help launch Sunway's ambitious new iLabs, which will also act as a startup incubator.

By AvantiKumar
May 19, 2017


Sunway iLabs - Group

Photo - (from left) Dr Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group and Sunway University; Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of MDEC; Evan Cheah, CEO of Sunway Ventures; Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance; Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group; Dr Lee Weng Keng, CEO of Education and Healthcare Division, Sunway Group; Ashran Dato' Ghazi, CEO of MaGIC; Matt van Leeuwen, of Innovation and Commercialisation, Sunway University; and Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Vice -Chancellor of Sunway University at the launch of Sunway Innovation Labs.

The launch also saw the three following memorandums of understanding (MoUs) exchanges.
- The first MoU between Sunway University and Grab, will see the Group and the ride-hailing platform working together in areas that will benefit Sunway University students and alumni.
- An agreement between Sunway Ventures and MaGIC will be a joint study to explore collaboration between Sunway and MaGIC.
 - A collaboration between Sunway Education Group and Young Outliers will create a cooperative framework, which will see the management team from Young Outliers deliver talks, mentor and attend knowledge sharing sessions (online or offline) for the Sunway Innovation Labs, and through bootcamps, accelerators, innovation challenges, and business idea or pitching competitions.

"iLabs marks the first joint initiative undertaken by Sunway Ventures and Sunway University," said Dr Cheah. "It will drive Sunway's growth for the decades ahead and identify sunrise industries for us to invest in. It is a novel project that is aligned with the Government's stated goal of making Malaysia the start-up hub of the region."

He added: "This non-for-profit iLabs will bring together the collective talents, financial muscle and deep experience of Sunway University, Sunway Group, and Sunway Ventures in to a single collaborative space to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovations."

The latest edition of this article lives at Computerworld Malaysia.

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