Organised by StartupJohor, the four-day festival took place at the CIMB Leadership Academy in Medini, and featured a pitching session, hackathon, networking session as well as several masterclasses by some of the best industry players within the region.

Chief Operation Officer (COO) of Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB), Akmal Ahmad and Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (MIM) Dr. James Tee and Lim Feng, Founder & Community Director of Startup Johor at the launch of IP SMART 2018: CREATE

“IP Smart is focused on driving community startups and entrepreneurs and IP Space fits into the ecosystem, as we have the space, and now we need the activities. These are the first steps into turning Iskandar Puteri into a destination for startups and entrepreneurs of this region,” said Akmal.

He explained that this is how a community of startups and entrepreneurs is built, and with the right cultivation, it will contribute to IIB’s vision of a sustainable development that covers both economics and social development which emphasises on the participation of the locals.

Chief Operation Officer (COO) of Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB), Akmal Ahmad and Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (MIM) Dr. James Tee and Lim Feng, Founder & Community Director of Startup Johor at the launch of IP SMART 2018: CREATE

With our partners like Cradle Fund, MDec and MaGIC, we are more focused on programmes that emphasise on skillsets and management, while providing the expertise to help cultivate the startups here, from working space, activities, mentoring, as well as a platform for them to be ready when they hit the market.”

“We are building an entirely new ecosystem here in Iskandar Malaysia and this is the first round of moving things forward as there are different pillars of IP Smart and each is an extension of what IIB aims to do here,” said Lim Feng, Founder & Community Director of Startup Johor that is responsible for cultivating the local startup community and the building of a sustainable ecosystem in the southern region of Malaysia.

Over 400 innovators, entrepreneurs, developers, designers as well as investors were present to give their insights and shared their experience at this first of its kind startup industry event in Johor.

Original article by The Iskandarian, Amin Khairuddin

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