The largest startup festival in the southern region of Malaysia, IPSMART “CREATE” is back again in Iskandar Puteri on 26th to 30th June 2019 at the CIMB Leadership Academy, Afiniti Medini.

This is a 5 days startup festival to equip yourself with the most sought after business mindset and skill sets in the internet era.

If you’re

  1. A student planning to embark on a career in the technology startup industry,
  2. SMB business owner, looking for ways to scale and counter the disruptions from the new tech startup,
  3. Working professional, working in a local startup and wish to learn the latest internet trends and knowledge
  4. An entrepreneur who has an idea about a startup yet do not know how & where to start

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Featuring a series of programme including workshops & masterclass for kids, women, aspiring entrepreneurs, working professional & micro-business owners, a 54 hours hackathon, a pitching competition, 2 panel sharing sessions & networking sessions, curated specifically for ones who’re looking to embark on his entrepreneurial journey and working professionals who’re looking to upskill themselves.

Powered by the master developer, Iskandar Investment Berhad, the organisers had done 2 similar events in 2018 and had successfully trained & inspire more than 800 aspiring entrepreneurs & working professionals in this city.

IPSMART will be inviting 25 instructors & mentors who’re serial entrepreneurs & industry experts to conduct the sessions over the 5 days and  is expecting more than 500 people participating in this year’s festival.

Best part, it’s all for FREE as long as you’ve RSVP-ed online. Limited to 100 tickets for every session. Secure your spot earlier!



Date : 26th to 30th June 2019 (Wednesday to Sunday)


Time : 9am to 10pm


Venue : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini







There’s a total of 7 workshops & masterclass.

You don’t have to attend all, just select those that interest you.

There’s also specific session for women, kids. All session will be conducted in English.


Google Design Sprint 2.0 Masterclass |

An intense 4 hours workshop to introduce the 4-day actual design sprint 2.0 process,

made popular by Google Ventures, for rapidly solving big challenges, creating new products,

or improving existing ones. It compresses potentially months of work into a few days.


Social Entrepreneurship Masterclass |

A 4 hours workshop conducted by the experts from the Social Entrepreneurship team from MaGIC

to share about social enterprise in Malaysia, how & why should business owner adopt a SE business structure

and to learn about building a sustainable business model for your impact-driven company. 


Discovering Secrets Within Your Emotional Intelligence Blueprint |

With only 5 mins of your voice, EMOWAVE is able to produce a map of the internal terrains

of your emotional intelligence, personality, and human potential.

This workshop will help individual and team to discover their strength and weakness,

strategies to collaborate in workplace environment.


[Female Founders Roundtable] Getting Ahead In Entrepreneurship |

Bringing women together and provide access to top female entrepreneurs and passionate women in business.

They will share their ‘why’, their stories, challenges, successes, tips

and answer your burning questions about entrepreneurship.

Participation of this roundtable is restricted for WOMEN ONLY. 



How to Sell Smarter Than Your Competitors in Marketplaces |

Embarking on your e-commerce business?

Started selling on marketplace like Lazada, Shoppee, 11street or Lelong?

Learn more about the secrets of selling that marketplace won’t tell you

and how to leverage on existing tools like Zepty to sell smarter than all your competitors.  


Digital Content & Copywriting Masterclass |

90% of the content copywriting on social media are boring, uninteresting and ineffective.

The aim of this masterclass is to help you figure out how to use content & copywriting

in this era of new media world as an effective way of marketing without spending much money,

limited resources & without a huge branding.


Kids Maker Workshop – Unleashing Creativity with Design Thinking & Making |

Understanding  and applying design thinking and making as a key in value creation.

Participants will learn to unleash the creativity and work in a team to explore creating community projects

using recyclable materials, under the guidance of experienced instructors.

This workshop is specifically curated for children from 6 – 12 years old.



The 2nd round of public pitching competition created for entrepreneurs to pitch their startups

to potential investors & venture capitalist.

A platform that combines elements needed the most by early stage founders including capital, resources, experience and innovation.

The objective of this pitching competition is to identify talented startup founders and high potential projects

in the southern region of Malaysia.

Entrepreneurs will be able to leverage on the IPSMART platform to showcase their products / services,

receive professional advice from experienced mentors & to network with potential investors.

We’ll be selecting 10 startups at the pre-seed and seed stage from the southern region of Malaysia,

inviting 5 investors / venture capitalist from the region as judges for the competition.

Winner of the competition will be awarded RM5,000 cash prizes and other prizes worth more than RM10,000 from partners.

Date & Time : 26th June 2019 (Wednesday), 10.00am

Venue : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini

STARTUP GRIND Fireside Chat, ft Ching Wai, CEO of The Alley Malaysia

Originated from Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea (or as some like to call it, boba) is often described as milk tea mixed with tapioca balls,

but only true BBT connoisseurs will know that the word “bubble” in the name actually refers to the

frothy bubbles produced during the process of making these delectable drinks.

This round, grinding not coffee, but bubble tea with Ching Wai, the CEO of The Alley Malaysia,

one of the fastest growing “Bubble Tea” company in Malaysia.

We’ll spend 90 minutes to get into his mind to find out how he build and scale his franchise chain across Malaysia within 2 years.

Ching Wai will be sharing his journey of entrepreneurship, the business model

and how they identify a “killer” product “Brown Sugar Tapioca” that takes over the market by storm.

Date & Time : 26th June 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00pm

Venue : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini

[Important] This session will be conducted in Mandarin.

p/s : The 1st 50 participants who arrived at the event will get a free The Alley’s signature drink.


Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education

for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs to learn about how to take an idea into a startup over the weekend,

with the help from 10 experience mentors from across JB, KL & Singapore.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.

Over Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas,

practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product.

On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

This weekend will be centred around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute,

Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

The winner of this hackathon will receive a total prize pool of RM10,000 cash & prizes worth more than RM20,000 from sponsors & partners,

including a chance to be incubated by the Founder Institute & free coworking space at IskandarSpace to take your idea to the next stage.

Date : 28th to 30th June 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

Time : 7pm to late – Friday

    8am to late – Saturday

    8am to 8pm – Sunday

Venue : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini

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