She Disrupts Malaysia 2023 : A fully virtual venture competition, mentorship, and pre-accelerating training program for women entrepreneurs in Malaysia. Applications are now open.
KUALA LUMPUR – Southeast Asia’s entrepreneurial future is shaping up to be digital, socially impactful, and notably, led by women. To help accelerate this vision, Creatella Impact and Global Affairs Canada introduce “SheDisrupts Malaysia 2023”, a virtual venture competition, mentorship, and pre-acceleration program dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs in Malaysia.
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She Disrupts Malaysia 2023
Following successful iterations in Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, this new venture, backed by FGV Holdings Berhad, Malaysia’s leading agribusiness, and in partnership with Social Value Malaysia, aims to unlock the potential of Malaysian women entrepreneurs. The program prioritizes facilitating gender lens investments into women-driven startups.
Beyond just imparting technical know-how, the SheDisrupts community fosters a supportive environment for its participants, allowing them to connect, learn, and grow.
Participants can anticipate a slew of benefits, including entry to Techstars, AWS EdStart credits, Stripe processing perks, and significant savings with partners like Hubspot and Oracle Netsuite.
Despite women comprising nearly half of Malaysia’s working-age population, their economic participation remains modest. In 2021, just over half of them were part of the labor market. By harnessing the potential of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) – where women own over 20% – Malaysia could pave the way to more inclusivity and prosperity.
The High Commissioner of Canada in Malaysia, Wayne Robson, emphasizes that supporting women in the economy isn’t just morally imperative but a smart economic strategy.
Jane Chang, co-founder of Social Value Malaysia, echoed this sentiment. “Our involvement in the SheDisrupt program symbolizes our commitment to sustainability and social impact,” she stated.
About The Programme
The program, which links participants with mentors and facilitators from across the globe, is aimed at startups with women in leadership roles or significant ownership, focusing on solutions that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Entrepreneurs targeting the Malaysian market are highly encouraged to apply.
The program will run online applications and competitions from August 28 to October 8, 2023. Selected teams will proceed to mentoring sessions, with the top 20 then attending an intensive 3-week pre-acceleration program. At the culmination, participants will pitch to GLI investors.
Application Deadline: October 8, 2023, 23:59 MYT.
About The Organiser
For early stage social enterprises in emerging markets, committed to providing entrepreneurial innovative solutions for the achievement of SDGs by generating measurable social and environmental impact, Creatella Impact provides venture building, technology execution, mentorship, advisory support, other acceleration programmes, impact investment including financial capital, deal syndication, blended funding and diverse financial instruments.
Global Affairs Canada
Through the High Commission of Canada in Malaysia, Canada engages in strategic advocacy and supports programming to promote Canadian values. Partnering with Malaysian civil society organisations, areas of focus include strengthening democratic values, supporting vulnerable groups (2SLGBTQI+, women, indigenous peoples and victims of sexual violence), promoting freedom of expression, and diversity and inclusion.
Since 2013, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives has deployed over $1 million in support of 30 projects led by local partners in these areas. Canada’s ASEAN regional development program aims to strengthen the empowerment of the poor and most vulnerable people in ASEAN countries with a particular focus on women and girls.
Social Value Malaysia
Social Value Malaysia is the first social value and impact management quality setters in Malaysia. We create unique services based on evidence and credible frameworks with international accreditation to manage and measure social value and impact. We understand sustainability, SDG impact, social impact, and social value by helping our clients and partners with insightful and customized plans backed by relevant industry experience and research.
FGV Holdings Berhad
FGV Holdings Berhad (FGV) is Malaysia’s leading global agribusiness and is one of the world’s largest producers of crude palm oil. With a workforce of more than 51,000, FGV is fully committed to continuously drive a sustainable business, whilst tapping into new revenue streams from the circular economy to create more value. Guided by its Group Sustainability Policy, which encompasses pillars on promoting economic growth, respecting human rights, and protecting the environment, FGV’s sustainability initiatives cover a wide range of focus areas including upholding labour standards, advancing gender equality and women empowerment, promoting wildlife and biodiversity conservation, climate action and traceability, among others.