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BIZPOD RELAUNCHED AS thesetup

4. September. 2018 | LT12, Taylor's University

Taylor's Bizpod is back, with an all new name, logo and mission! After a Renaming Competition, Bizpod has now been renamed "thesetup" as suggested and voted by the campus community. thesetup is a hybrid Incubator and Accelerator for Startups that provide a holistic, structured entrepreneurship training program from Ideation to Series A. The relaunch was officiated by the Minister of Entrepreneurial Development, Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Michael Driscoll. Also in attendance were Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Offer, Professor Dr. Pradeep Nair and IDEAS Chairman, Tan Sri Dr. Rebecca Sta Maria.

In conjunction of the relaunch, Taylor's University hosted talks by successful entrepreneurs, Datuk Chevy Beh, Founder and CEO of BookDoc and Raja Jesrina Arshad, Founder and CEO of PurelyB. There was also a forum themed on "Growing Global Entrepreneurs", which gathered pre-seed investors investors Victor Chua, Founding and Managing Partner of Vynn Capital and Stephen Chan, Director of Asia Technology Ventures; seed investor Razif Abdul Aziz, Acting Group CEO of Cradle; Series A investor, Navvin Kumar, VP of DMY Capital; government agencies Johnathan Lee, Executive Director of MaGIC Academy and Norhizam Abdul Kadir, VP of Growth Ecosystem Development, MDEC.

It is the great desire of the University to have thesetup serve as a launchpad for producing globally competitive entrepreneurs of the future.

Taylor's University Visits UMCIC

26. July. 2018 | UMCIC, University of Malaya

A delegation from Taylor's University visited the University of Malaya, Malaysia's premier public research university for the exchange of experiences and best practices in the promotion of entrepreneurialism and management and commercialization of research.

The delegation led by Asssociate Professor Dr. Anthony Ho Siong Hock, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research & Enterprise; and Shibu Vadaketh, Director of thesetup (previously Bizpod) was received by Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Industry & Community Networks.

thesetup was given a tour of Incubator@5 and the new UMXcellerate complex, the 4-storey technology incubator/accelerator. The sharing session was very fruitful and may result in greater collaborations between the two premier universities in Malaysia.

INNOVFEST UNBOUND 20018

5-7. June. 2018 | Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Innovfest Unbound is the anchor event of Smart Nation Innovations and is considered among Asia’s largest and most exciting innovation festivals. Held at Marina Bay Sands from the 5th to 6th of June, it was organised by NUS Enterprise and Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). 

It was an invaluable opportunity for thesetup (previously Bizpod) as it brought together over 12,000 participants and stakeholders in the startup ecosystem in the region, including entrepreneurs and innovators, seed/angel investors and venture capitalists, as well as other accelerators, networks and ecosystem builders important in building a comprehensive and globally-networked entrepreneurship ecosystem in Taylor’s University. The conference and exhibition was used to gain connection to the investors and more importantly, to learn from best practices and insights from established accelerators and incubators.