On the 25th March 2017, JCI Youth UNMC has organised YouReka, an event focused on entrepreneurship with a series of talks and interactive sessions, at MaGIC Cyberjaya. The event gathered tech start-up founders, youth entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs from various backgrounds with the aim to inspire the creation of ideas as well as positive social impact.
The first speaker invited onto the stage was Dato’ Ruby Khong who is currently the project consultant of Kechara Soup Kitchen. She emphasised that having a sustainability plan, leadership by example and being visible on platforms as the three critical qualities one should possess.
‘When you serve, you serve without discrimination, that’s the true essence of volunteerism.’ – Dato’ Ruby Khong
Following that was ‘The Picha Project’ with their representative speaker, Swee Lin. She shed light on the current refugee situation in Malaysia. With the thought of wanting to empower the marginalised community, specifically, refugee families, The Picha Project was founded.
Next up was Hugh Koh, the founder of Pestle & Mortar– a streetwear clothing label with vision to be one of the largest South-East Asian clothing brand. The idea was to create an apparel to represent one’s cultural identity. He elaborated on the importance of networking and marketing as the biggest leverage to scale up any business.
After 3 speakers, there was a 30 minute panel discussion on the topic of entrepreneurship featuring Hugh Koh, Rashid, Swee Lin and Kim.
“In this digital age, there’s no reason to NOT start something.” – Kim
Then, Rashid Shukor, the head of special projects at Grab – Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, explained about the different services Grab could offer and told his experiences working in Grab.
The fifth speaker, Keegan Flynn from co-founder and CFO of Doctor2U talks about the app and healthcare issues in the US & Malaysia.
Last but not least, the final speaker, Raj Ridvan Singh from SOLS 24/7, his journey and his encounter with poverty.
There was also a workshop held by Azre from Leadaprenuer with aims to inspire youths to become both leaders and entrepreneurs in their respective field.
Overall, YouReka was a grand success and many of the participants have gained valuable insights on the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur.
SA Marketing and Communication Team