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Experience is at the heart of the learning process in the School of Computer Science. We ensure our students are equipped with the relevant skills and expertise to harness the potential of software to solve real-world problems and challenges of the future. Our graduates are groomed to become more than just specialised technologists - they are trained to be performing innovators and problem-solvers of the industry. 

In the Technopreneurship track, students in their final year of study can work on their own start-up project in an incubator known as BizPod to analyse and design a product that has technological and entrepreneurship potential. They start their journey as an Technopreneur early and develop the innovative mindset of an entrepreneur involved in the field of advanced technology even before graduating.  To achieve this, we employ a variety of teaching and learning strategies that expose our students to real-life scenarios and industry-relevant experiences. These challenging yet rewarding experiences enhance students’ learning and enable them to hone their skills.

Throughout their duration of study, students are encouraged to explore, experiment and express their ideas and techniques in pursuit of gaining deeper insight into the field of ICT. This ultimately enables our graduates to apply their knowledge to make an impact in the real world. 

In the Technopreneurship track, students will be getting various types of support, such as technical support, coaching, opportunities to pitch to Venture Capitalists (VC), guidance on registering a company, and more.

 

WHY TECHNOPRENEURSHIP?

BE A TECHNOPRENEUR

Develop technology solution (products) to meet market demands. Get experience in starting and running a business before graduation

PERSONALISED MENTORSHIP

Be coached by experienced and successful business and industry mentors who are successful in their fields as well as academic supervisors

STARTUP ECOSYSTEM

Extensive opportunities for business networking and start-up funding

TECHNOPRENEURSHIP TRACK

OPTIONAL COMPONENT

You can choose to opt for Technopreneurship in your 3rd year, or study your final year on campus with an internship module in your final semester. 

Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)

Learn to design, develop, integrate and maintain all types of computer applications with Taylor’s Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Malaysia.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How is Technopreneurship different to Internship?

Internship is where students apply what they have learnt in an industrial setting. However, in the Technopreneurship track, students in their final year of study can work on their own start-up project in an incubator to analyse and design a product that has technopreneurship potential. Training in the incubator will expose the students to a real technopreneurship environment guided by experienced mentors.

What is the learning and teaching approach for the Technopreneurship track?

The learning and teaching approach for the module involves initial face-to-face briefings on salient topics followed by periodic consultative sessions involving both academic and incubator supervisors, through independent and self-directed learning and online consultations. Learning is facilitated mostly through work observations and review sessions with academic and incubator supervisors. Other learning approaches include coaching, workshops, discussions with experts, and pitching to Venture Capitalists (VC), funding opportunities, etc.

How will students be assessed in the year of Technopreneurship?

Students will be assessed on problem solving and creative thinking skills, communication and entrepreneurial skills through the final presentation, project report, showcase to industry client, and industrial report; assessed by both academic and incubator supervisors.

Can students choose their choice of mentor(s) under Technopreneurship?

Yes, students can choose their choice of mentor(s) under Technopreneurship. The mentor must be relevant to their start-up business. The university and BizPod have a list of great mentors who are very experienced and knowledgeable in start-up ecosystems and the Technopreneurship aspect.

Will there be any difference in fees with the Technopreneurship mode of study?

No. Fees will remain consistent with the conventional mode of study.

How would one get funding to support / begin the Technopreneurship track?

Students will go through the process of developing a Technopreneurship product at Minimum Viable Product (MVP) level and be able to market the product. Once the MVP is ready, the university will arrange a series of Venture Capitals (VC) for students to pitch their start-up ideas in order to secure funding to start their own business in national and international markets.

TAYLOR'S ALUMNI STARTUPS

ARRIVO, SMART PARKING ON THE GO

 James Lau, Julius Ho,  AQREIGHT SDN. BHD


Guided by Taylor's mentors, Arrivo was formed by a team of passionate technical people equipped with business skills. It uses artificial intelligence technology to ensure users only need to pay for parking when they want to and not when they need to.

FOUNDX, BIAS-FREE RECRUITMENT SOLUTION

Sathish Varman and Thilak Sundaram 


Guided by active coaching and under Taylor's mentors, foundX won 2nd place in the National MaGIC University Startup Challenge 2021. foundX helps companies and jobseekers save time by sourcing and applying to various developers jobs all from one platform

COMPETITIONS

Students are given the opportunity to sharpen their programming and problem-solving skills through participation in various national and international competitions. This challenges them to apply their knowledge, obtain feedback from experts, demonstrate teamwork, boost their confidence, as well as enhance their communication and business presentation skills. Some of the competitions that students have taken part in over the years are:

  • Alibaba Global Challenge 
  • MaGIC University Startup Challenge
  • AngelHack
  • Celcom Project U.O.X
  • Digi Mobile Challenge
  • E-Genting Programming Competition
  • F-Secure National Inter Varsity Security Tech Quiz Championship
  • Hilti Big Data Analytics International Competition
  • Microsoft Imagine Cup
  • MNCC Computing Challenge
  • IHL-MSC Malaysia Start-Up Challenge
  • Standard Chartered ICT Competition

STUDENT PROJECTS

The School encourages and enables students to undertake innovative projects in its quest to nurture budding technopreneuers. Some of these projects have featured in nation-wide competitions and have been awarded for their accomplishments. A selection of projects are as follows:

TRAQUER

Traquer is an innovative solution aims to reduce road accidents caused by buses and provide safety assurance and peace of mind for the bus passengers. To achieve road safety, Traquer provides an integrated web-based and mobile solution that includes incident reporting and management, real-time alerts, tracking, reporting and management coupled with data analytics for end users. Traquer is also a social empowered road safety app and acts as a voice of public transport users.
 

PROJECT FEEDON!

With the vision to solve world hunger and to address food wastage and revolutionize charity food distribution in Malaysia, FeedOn! gives charity homes easy access to excess food from manufacturers. The app provides a platform to match manufacturing companies that have excess food production with charitable institutions. Once there is a match, volunteers will be prompted and mobilized to pick up the food and donate it to those in need, creating another avenue for volunteers to help out more.

POCKET MALL

Pocket Mall is a mobile app that gives an online platform for those who want to start their own business using the Internet. The app encourages users, particularly business-minded college and university students to sell new or hand-me-down clothes, shoes, accessories, or anything in between to gain extra point.

ENSUERER

Ensuerer is an online-based insurance product that insures damaged, lost or stolen smartphones and other portable digital gadgets. Without the need for agents, Ensuerer crowdsources funds from people, who pay for monthly subscriptions for the product.

WAKKER APP

Wakker App is a precise journey planner that integrates all types of public transportation and routes. Featuring three phases of function, this mobile app aims to improve its user’s public transportation experience. It wakes up commuters who dozed into sleep during the trip as it calculates and informs commuters about public transport vehicle’s estimated time of arrival for those waiting for their rides. It will also feed location data for users who have already embarked on their journey.

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