July 22, 2022, by aczjb1

From diversity comes innovation: Opportunities for knowledge sharing and outreach activities in Malaysia

For over two decades, the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI) has been at the forefront of creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham. HGI aims to make entrepreneurial skills accessible to the wider society by promoting responsible entrepreneurship through different initiatives such as the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) and the Ingenuity Programme.

YES is a global competition developed to create awareness of entrepreneurial skills among early career researchers and technicians in STEM areas about how high-technology-based ideas can be commercialised. The competition has been running for 27 years across four continents, benefiting more than 6,000 highly motivated scientists!

To complement the offering of YES, the Ingenuity Programme exists to tackle the major social and environmental challenges of our time through promoting the creation of innovative and socially responsible start-ups. Through the Ingenuity Programme, HGI aims to support the development of stronger, more inclusive communities by helping participants turn their ideas for change into businesses creating social impact.

With a long-standing tradition at the vanguard of entrepreneurship and innovation for social change, HGI is looking forward to making its offering accessible to highly motivated individuals around the globe. After a successful iteration of YES Malaysia in 2021 (delivered in partnership with ASTI and The University of Nottingham Campus Malaysia), the Institute is actively seeking opportunities to connect with key stakeholders in this country sharing our core values and mission for responsible entrepreneurship and innovation.

On a recent visit to Kuala Lumpur, HGI Director Professor Simon Mosey, first connected with Dr Anita Chakrabarty, Dr Mohan V Avvari, Dr Michael Mustafa, and Dr Georgina Marsh from the University of Nottingham Campus Malaysia Business School, School of Psychology, and School of Pharmacy with the aim of sharing knowledge and expertise on supporting start-ups for social change, and academic entrepreneurship by seeking to incorporate YES and the Ingenuity Programme into Malaysian entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Key supporters of these initiatives are Dr Mohamed Yunus Bin Mohamed Yasin (a participant of YES UK in the year 2000) from ASTI, Dr Mohd Azlan Zaharudin from the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Gurpreet Kaur and Bee Bee Gan from the British High Commission in Malaysia; and Phoebe Nonis from the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC).

“From diversity comes innovation,” said Professor Mosey. “It was great to visit our sister campus in Malaysia, and we are really excited to work with such a diverse group of stakeholders to support entrepreneurship looking at sustainability challenges across the country.”

In addition to facilitating the delivery of HGI’s initiatives in Malaysia, the British High Commission and the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce are looking to actively support UK-based organisations linked to the Ingenuity Lab, YES and the Ingenuity Programme aiming to explore the thriving and growing Southeast Asian market. If this seems an opportunity you are interested in exploring, please reach out to José Francisco González who can facilitate introductions with these organisations.

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