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GRADUAN® Apprentice: Do you have what it takes to be Mentored by Top CEOs?


DATE: 17 and 18 May 2014


Malaysia’s premiere career and networking fair with more than 100 of Malaysia’s leading organisations (Maybank, Celcom Axiata, Shell, Petronas, and many more!) and institutions who have signed up to engage with graduates and talents at GRADUAN® ASPIRE.

Aside from learning more about the organisations you’re interested in, you can drop your CV at the booths or meet up with HR personnel to express your interests and impress them at the same time! Those interested in pursuing their post-graduate studies will find a wealth of information via the many university booths at the fair.

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GRADUAN® APPRENTICE CHALLENGE involves teams in a final elimination round where they have to deliver a rousing pitch to CEO judges on how they can take their business forward.

It will take a lot to impress the CEO judges, who will be grilling the teams on their ideas.
Winners will be handpicked by each CEO for their opportunity to be mentored and to gain valuable industry insight. Take part now! More details at

Do you have what it takes to impress these tough guns?
Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar, CEO of Prasarana
Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia
Joel Neoh, CEO of Groupon
David Teoh, CEO of Metrowealth International Group
Dzameer Dzukifli, CEO of Teach for Malaysia

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Microsoft Malaysia’s Global Campaign Set to Inspire Youths to Code

Microsoft Malaysia will be launching an exciting Initiative called, a new campaign that is the first-of-its kind in this region. The Asia Pacific Week of Code, which will take place on April 25, 2014, aims to promote coding as the second language of Asia Pacific.

Microsoft's Set to Inspire Young Coders
Microsoft’s Set to Inspire Young Coders

With more than 3 billion people speaking more than 2,000 different languages, Microsoft inspired by is promoting the concept of coding as Asia Pacific’s second language that can unify people across national boundaries and varied cultures.

More importantly, the Asia Pacific Week of Code intends to highlight the need for computer science and coding skills amongst today ’s youth as the gap between youth unemployment and the demand for skilled workers continues to grow.

Please Register @ Microsoft Malaysia to participate in our ‘Code For Malaysia’ event

Telr Aims to Revolutionize Online and Mobile Payments in Emerging Markets by Ex-MD of Paypal Middle East & North Africa

Telr Aims to Revolutionize Online and Mobile Payments in the emerging markets

For immediate release, Singapore, March 4th 2014 – Ex-Managing Director of PayPal Middle East and North Africa, Elias Ghanem, has started Telr, a multi-currency and multi-lingual payment gateway for SMEs to transform the $100 billion online and mobile payments market1 in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

Ex-Managing Director of Paypal Middle East & North Africa launches Telr
Ex-Managing Director of Paypal Middle East & North Africa launches Telr

Despite having a wide variety of payment gateways (PG) around the world, major problems still exist for e-commerce in emerging markets. PG integration can often be slow, costly and complex. Most merchants face difficulty and high cost of integration, absence of working capital financing and lacking unified payment and logistics integration. Telr aims to solve these three crucial challenges.

“Through my career, I’ve met hundreds of entrepreneurs who face the same hassle when it comes to taking their business online,” says Ghanem, CEO and Co-founder of Telr. “Our payment gateway will allow them to focus on their core business and offer the best customer experience possible.”

Having a tagline of “Your Language. Your Currency.” Telr will provide online and mobile multi-currencies Payment Gateway (PG) processing services to merchants in emerging markets, in the consumer’s currency and language of choice.

Telr’s competitive advantages:

Legacy Payment Gateways


Consumer experience only in English Language of consumer
Only in USD currency Currency of consumer
Setup is inefficient, expensive, time-consuming Setup is fast with no upfront costs
Lacking mobile payments Mobile payments enabled
Basic payment services and no financing services Tokenization, insurance and financing
Only Cards payments and no solution for C.O.D. Multiple funding sources and solution for C.O.D.


Telr’s suite of services aims to maximize the merchant growth thanks to an easy access to the proceeds (either in local bank or on a dedicated, card-linked account) and other financial services, such as working capital loans and invoice factoring, enabling SMEs to kick-start and grow their online business.

“Telr aims to significantly contribute to the growth of eCommerce merchants. Especially in high growth regions where currently consumers mostly purchase online from e-stores in US, Europe and Asia for the lack of local supply.” says Ghanem.

The main differences between Telr and other PGs are Telr’s management team and proprietary technology. Telr’s team has more than 25 years of extensive experience in cards, online payments and PG set up from Paypal, Visa and HSBC. As part of Singapore’s leading Financial Tech startup accelerator GHX, Telr will get an established advisory board well versed in e-Retailing, banking, Cards schemes, Compliance, Risk and Fraud management.

GHX will also provide technology leaders with decades of experience in platform architecture and management. With that, Telr is built to enable merchants to quickly and simply offer payments solutions from multiple funding sources (cards, bank direct debit, wallets, domestic schemes and proprietary prepaid cards) in multiple languages and local currencies.

“The inefficiencies in most payment gateways make the industry ripe for disruption. Elias’ team has the credentials to drive the payment revolution that everyone wants to see,” says John Fearon, Chairman of GHX.

Telr is headquartered in Singapore with an Operational HQ in Dubai. It aims to contribute to the acceleration of the growth of the eCommerce by expanding its coverage across all the high growth markets in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

Further information about the Founder and Company:

Elias Ghanem, CEO and co-founder of

Ex Managing Director of Paypal Middle East & North Africa Launches Revolutionary Mobile Payment Gateway

Former MD of PayPal Middle East and North Africa and previously MD of PayPal South East Asia and India, a long-time senior executive at Visa Inc., Mr. Ghanem is a proven payment industry leader with a strong entrepreneurial drive and years of success in managing e-payment solutions. He has developed strategic partnerships and customer acquisition programs leading growth in top line, bottom line, market share and shareholder value worldwide, and has a solid track record of breakthrough results in regional leadership roles at PayPal/eBay, Visa, and Accor Group in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Fluent in five languages, and a 2013 nominee for the Arabian Business “Mentor of the Year” award, Mr. Ghanem is recognized as an inspiring, collaborative leader with solid influencing skills and ability to motivate and lead people in diverse cultural environments

GHX (Gilcrux Holdings) is one of the world’s most innovative investment holding companies. Founded by South African serial entrepreneur, John Fearon, GHX holds his equity in a growing number of exciting startups and established businesses. Spread across many industries, all entities in the GHX portfolio have in common to add technology to traditional businesses (financial services, insurance, invoice factoring, site back-ups, contracting hiring) to accelerate market penetration and improve on consumer experience in a cost-effective and fast growing manner. All entities aim to be game changing and go after grand ideas. GHX supports passionate entrepreneurs in their quest to improve the world – aiming to find interesting ways to disrupt established fields and do it bigger, faster and better.

KICKSTART for Singles feat. Li Kim – Celebrity Host of The Paranormal Zone

KICKSTART for Singles! A Kick-Ass Event that is coming up on 18th of November 2013 (Wednesday)!

A speaker who is a serial entrepreneur and a celebrity host of a successful local production “The Paranormal Zone”. Interesting Isn’t? Read On~

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FOODPANDA.MY EXPANDS DELIVERY COVERAGE TO JOHOR now provides food delivery service to residents of Johor Bahru!

KUALA LUMPUR – The largest food delivery service provider in Malaysia just got larger. Foodpanda has just expanded its delivery service to the south most tip of Malaysia – Johor Bahru. Making this the fifth city that foodpanda has a footprint here in Malaysia.

With a soft launch last Friday, Foodpanda has already received some very encouraging feedback from residents of JB. “This app really has some potential in making life easy for certain groups of people, like working people and students” says Shalin Tan, a local JB resident and new foodpanda customer.

“I am the poster child for your customers – I would use it multiple times a week probably. I have been encouraging people in JB to provide delivery“ says John Hunter, an expat living in JB. Hunter adds “There is a need for decent delivery food in JB. I have told several people I thought it would be a good business to get into and I want to see entrepreneurial efforts, like this, succeed in JB.“

“We are very happy to add Johor Bahru to our list of cities that we provide delivery for” says Claudio Abitante, MD “We believe that JB is an underserved market with lots of potential. Already we are seeing very encouraging feedback from both restaurants and customers. We intend to bring our experience in food delivery and strong partner restaurants to the residents of JB” he adds.

From Left – Claudio Abitante (MD Foodpanda, Malaysia), Din (Foodpanda Johor’s First Delivery Rider) & Marco Pezzi (City Manager, Johor)

Starting with big names such as Chatime, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Vivo Pizza as well as local favorites like Season’s Café and Chakra Restaurant. Residents of Johor Bahru can expect to see other heavyweight foodpanda partner such as Chicken Rice Shop, Old Town White Coffee and other great restaurants in the next few weeks. Currently orders are taken via their website and mobile application on iOS and Google Play. currently operates in the Klang Valley, Penang, Ipoh, Melaka and Johor. Foodpanda plans to make food delivery more accessible and convenient to as many busy Malaysians. They are looking to accomplish this within the next few months by further expanding in the Klang Valley and other major cities in Malaysia.

Unleashing SME Business Opportunities Conference

Human Capital Connection Sdn Bhd in partnership with Malaysia Development Corporation (MDeC) will be organizing a conference entitled “Unleashing Business Opportunities” with the theme “New Game, New Rules, New Roles” which to be held on 27th November 2013 (Wednesday) at The Royale Bintang Hotel Damansara,Mutiara Damansara, Selangor. Unleashing Business Opportunities Conference is in support of Digital Malaysia. The conference expecting 500 attendance consist of entrepreneurs, CEOs, Directors & C-Level Executives, Information Technology & Human Resource Managers and Executives of SME Organisation, Associations, Chambers and Government Departments.

SME a large contributor to global workforce

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are and will continue to contribute to the economic growth and development of this country and and with new generation of workforce now entering the job markets, SMEs are now also faced with challenges in managing them. 

With new wave of Digital Technologies and trends, it’s a NEW GAME and businesses should be part of it. Understand the NEW ROLES and the NEW RULES that are being re-written by the new wave of digital technologies, and the new and future generation of workforce. Unleashing Business Opportunities (UBO) will provide the forum for industry practitioners and government agencies to share on their experience, programs and incentives, and to highlight on new trends and how businesses should re-act to them. Among others, UBO intends to covers from SMEs perspective; new technology trend of making “everything as a service” such as Cloud Computing, Cloud Labour (or Crowd as Labour) and business solutions, programs and incentives designed for SMEs.

The conference will cover the following topic : 

Unleashing Business Opportunities #1: New Emerging Crowdsourcing Trends by MDeC

Unleashing Business Opportunities #2: How to Crowdfund Your Business Ideas? by PitchIN

Unleashing Business Opportunities  #3: Easy e-Payment and Running Your Business over the Cloud by MDeC

Practitioner’s Sharing Session #1: Malaysia’s Crowdsourcing & Micro Sourcing Platform by

Practitioner’s Sharing Session #2: Applications on the Cloud for SMEs




To Register:
Please RSVP before 25th November 2013 by emailing your personal details; Name, Company Name, Designation, Email & Mobile Number to [email protected] or contact 03-78655507 (Pn Norlidah) or fill this form: to secure your seat. Seats are limited and on first come first serve basis.

You will receive an email and SMS confirming your seat within 24 hours upon receiving your RSVP.

This special S.M.A.R.T. ™ report focuses on mobile advertising trends within the Entertainment industry.

This special S.M.A.R.T. ™ report focuses on mobile advertising trends within the Entertainment industry.

We highlight what entertainment brands are doing on mobile, which audiences are interacting with these brands, how entertainment consumers are engaging with content, and how entertainment brands can evolve their mobile advertising strategies moving forward. From movies and TV programming, to books, music, and concerts, a wide variety of entertainment brands are using mobile advertising to reach and engage consumers.


  • The Entertainment vertical was the fourth largest on Millennial Media’s platform in Asia Pacific in Q2 2013, growing 224 percent year-over-year



  • Motion picture releases drove 47 percent of all the entertainment campaigns in Q2 2013. Motion pictures promoted the releases of their movies with video campaigns that included “Learn More” or “Share” buttons at the end, leading consumers to visit the movie site or share the video on social media platforms.
  • Streaming services represented 21 percent of the entertainment campaigns on Millennial Media’s platform. These advertisers leveraged mobile to encourage consumers to sign up for their services by downloading their apps.


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  • Within the vertical, product launches/releases accounted for 59 percent of the campaign goals for entertainment advertisers. Movie studios often leveraged mobile with the goal of promoting the release of new movie or show, with features to entice consumers to watch.
  • Video gaming was a sub-vertical which ran mobile registration campaigns in order to encourage gaming enthusiasts to subscribe to their games, while concerts and events tried to drive foot traffic and attendance around an event.



  • Entertainment brands most often leveraged mobile to drive app download, watch video, and fuel social media actions.
  • Videos, social media, and interactive actions over-indexed for entertainment advertisers and were often delivered as part of a rich media campaign.
  • Social media actions over-indexed for entertainment advertisers, and were used at nearly three times the rate of all advertisers on Millennial Media’s platform. Motion picture release campaigns used social media to help generate buzz and excitement around the movie’s premiere date, by connecting consumers to one another’s conversation.
  • Video was one of the leading post-click actions and was utilised at 173 percent the rate of all advertisers in Q2 2013. This was one of the most frequently used post- campaign actions, utilised by 20 percent of entertainment campaigns. Movie studios ran launch campaigns to announce the release of a new movie with interactive features to engage consumers to watch.




Social Entrepreneurs have much to be admired for their persistence in creating and nurturing communities. Almost every social enterprise faces choppy waters, rejections and winding roads. Meet Runo Okiomah, 2011 winner of the Muhammad Yunus Challenge and now a successful social entrepreneur with an operation in Kenya. Her enterprise, Maa-Bara, has created a system that utilizes kitchen scraps to grow healthy fresh fish and vegetables for consumption. The Maa-Bara system increases food security by boosting the productivity of small-holder farmers allowing families to grow their own food at a quantity and quality they desire in almost any location and in places where food has never been grown before.


Be inspired by entrepreneurs like Runo and others. Learn what they do and gain valuable insights on how they are creating change and innovating to perpetuate their ideas for sustainable impact at WIF: xCHANGE

Get a chance to meet and mingle with her at xCHANGE, a 100% free event organized by Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) in conjunction with World Innovation Forum Kuala Lumpur (WIF-KL). If you wish to stay on for WIF-KL you will need to a WIF pass. These passes are being sold to the public for RM1,400. But through the generous support of the WIF-KL organizing committee, we have 80 passes that we are letting go at only RM80 each!

Date: Tuesday, Nov 12

Venue: Plenary Theatre, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Find out how to get these passes here:



About WIF-KL
To be officiated by PM Najib Razak, the World Innovation Forum – Kuala Lumpur (WIF-KL) will feature some amazing speakers such as Göran Persson (Former PM of Sweden), Sugata Mitra (Professor of Educational Technology), Morinosuke Kawaguchi (Innovation & Competitive Strategy Consultant), Mark Gallagher (Grand Prix Motor Racing Boss), CEOs, consultants, government officials and many more.